Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons.
Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons.

“Right” is an arguable concept in this instance, but bear with me.

Among the alternative methods articulated in Article 10 of the Hague Service Convention is service by “postal channels.”  In other words… good old mail service.  That generally includes private couriers like FedEx, UPS, and DHL,

[Covid-19 Pandemic Update, 2020:  Service by mail just became an even worse idea.]

At first glance, simply mailing a summons & complaint is the easiest, most hassle-free way of serving a defendant located abroad.  Looks can be (and in the Hague Service world, usually are) deceiving.  Unless you have no other recourse, it’s an