Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults

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Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults

Title of the Convention

Convention on the International Protection of Adults

About the Convention on the International Protection of Adults

This Convention was drawn up by the Hague Conference on Private International Law and unanimously adopted by those of the Member States present at its plenary session on 2 October 1999. Its purpose is to improve the protection in international situations of adults who, by reason of an impairment or insufficiency of their personal faculties, are not able to safeguard their own interests. It does so by laying down rules on jurisdiction, applicable law and international recognition and enforcement of protective measures which are to be respected by all States, thus reducing the potential for confusion and conflict. There is also provision for administrative co-operation to support the workings of the Convention.

‘Adult’ is defined in Article 2 of the Convention as a person who has reached the age of 18 years.

With increasing travel and investment across borders, a growing number of adults who are unable to manage their own affairs require protection in more than one jurisdiction. The Convention, once ratified by a sufficient number of states, should reduce the number of conflicts of jurisdiction or applicable law which can impede effective protection of the individual and his or her property. It should also promote the recognition and enforcement across borders of appropriate protective measures, while increasing administrative co?operation between states to enhance the operation of such measures.

Recognition and enforcement are subject to the overriding public policy of the requested state.

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Author: international

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Hague Conference on Private International Law, International Family Law.

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