International Law in Practice – Tools of the Trade

International Law in Practice – Tools of the Trade

Letters rogatory are a means to receive judicial assistance from other countries in the absence of a treaty or agreement with a particular country. A court from one country makes a request to courts of another country for assistance. Such requests could include service of process or to obtain evidence. The first step is to determine whether the country from which you need to make a request is a party to a multilateral treaty on judicial assistance such as the Hague Service Convention. Such treaties offer streamlined procedures that can reduce the time and burden for receiving assistance. If you’ve had an experience with letters rogatory in your practice and would like to share your experience, we’d love to hear about it and feature it in Global Perspectives! Or if there is another area of international law you would like to feature, please consider a submission to Global Perspectives!

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