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An institution under rapid growth


Over the past fifteen years, a number of countries, recognising the Civil Law Notary as an essential factor of balance in a State governed by the rule of law, have made efforts to strengthen the institution of the notaire or introduce it where it did not exist. Notaires now operate in over one hundred countries and most of them are affiliated to the International Union of Notaries (UINL).

  • Eastern Europe

    • Since the fall of the Berlin wall, 14 countries of central and Eastern Europe have reinstated "Latin" type Civil Law Notaries who belong to the UINL. This is also true of Russia.

  • Africa

    • In Africa, 14 countries have joined the UINL and the ANF while several others have applied for membership.

  • Asia

    • The notaries of Turkey, China, Indonesia and Japan all belong to the U.I.N.L.

    • Other countries in Asia, particularly Vietnam and Cambodia, have shown considerable interest in the Civil Law notary.

  • North America

    • The Civil Law Notary exists in Canada while in the U.S.A. the authorities are becoming aware of the value of authentication in contractual relations, both as concerns the security of IT communication and the growing number of cross-border contracts.

    • A new category of legal specialist, known as "civil law notaries", has also appeared in several US States.

  • Central and South America

    • All the countries of Central and South America have notaries.

  • The Mediterranean region

    • In 2006 all the Civil Law Notaries from the Mediterranean countries met at a conference in Marseille to discuss their law and practice.

    • In 2008 the conference was held in Antalya, Turkey, and in 2010 the biennial conference will be held in Algiers, Algeria.

  • The 28th International Congress of notaries will take place in Paris

See also


French property market report / N°31


Participate in the 28th Congress of the International Union of Notaries in Paris!