First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention

From 9 to 11 November 2022, the First Meeting of the Special Commission (SC) on the Practical Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention was held in The Hague. The meeting was attended by over 100 participants, in person and via videoconference, representing Contracting Parties, HCCH Members, and Observers from intergovernmental and international non-governmental organisations, as well...

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Malta signs the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention during the First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Convention

Today, 11 November 2022, the Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, signed, on behalf of the Republic of Malta, the  Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (2000 Protection of Adults Convention), during the first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Convention. The 2000...

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Protection of Adults Convention enters into force for Greece

Today, 1 November 2022, the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (2000 Protection of Adults Convention) entered into force for the Hellenic Republic following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 28 July 2022. The 2000 Protection of Adults Convention currently has 14 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Greece ratifies the Protection of Adults Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 28 July 2022 the Hellenic Republic deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Protection of Adults Convention). The Protection of Adults Convention will enter into force for Greece on 1 November 2022. With this ratification, the Convention now has 14 Contracting...

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Launch of consultations on the Draft Practical Handbook on the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of consultations on the draft Practical Handbook on the Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention. Following preparatory work by the Permanent Bureau, and pursuant to the mandate issued by the Council on General Affairs and Policy, a Working Group was established in March 2021 to finalise the development of the draft Practical...

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Protection of Adults Convention enters into force for Belgium

On 1 January 2021, the HCCH Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Protection of Adults Convention) entered into force for the Kingdom of Belgium, following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 30 September 2020. The Protection of Adults Convention has 13 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Protection of Adults...

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Belgium ratifies the Protection of Adults Convention

On 30 September 2020, Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification of the HCCH Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Protection of Adults Convention).  With the ratification of Belgium, the Protection of Adults Convention now has 13 Contracting Parties. The Convention will enter into force for Belgium on 1 January 2021. More information on this...

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The Protection of Adults Convention – 20th Anniversary

Today, the Convention on the International Protection of Adults celebrates its 20th Anniversary.  Given the growing practical importance of the subject-matter, and further to a successful Conference to discuss "Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults", organised jointly by the HCCH and the European Commission in December 2018, the Permanent Bureau hopes that more States will become...

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Vulnerable adults – An important step forward

Approximately 130 experts from more than 35 States representing all continents gathered from 5 to 7 December 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss "Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults" in a conference organised jointly by the European Commission and the HCCH. Experts stressed the practical importance of the topic. Discussions included current needs of vulnerable adults in...

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