Symposium Supporting and Protecting Vulnerable Adults

The Symposium 'Different avenues in supporting and protecting vulnerable adults in (Western) Europe and roadmaps for the future' will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 at the VU University Amsterdam.

08/16/2019 | 11:51 AM

The Symposium brings together European experts on private mandates and guardianship measures and offers a platform for exchanging recent developments and - international - initiatives. At 3.45 pm Kees Blankman will accept his appointment as professor with special appointment by pronouncing his inaugural speech.

In The Netherlands and elsewhere in (Western) Europe the numbers of guardianship measures and private mandates on behalf of vulnerable adults are increasing. This comes as no surprise since the population in (Western) Europe continues to grow older rapidly. The European landscape provides us with a variety of private mandates such as continuing powers of attorney, mandat de protection future (France), buitengerechtelijke lastgeving (Belgium), Vorsorgeauftrag (Switzerland) etc. More and more private mandates seem to replace adult guardianship measures. Different systems of supervision are being applied and sometimes private mandates and interventions by a court or a national authority are intertwined.  

The Symposium aims to offer a platform to exchange views and information on the current state of affairs in different parts of (Western) Europe including initiatives regarding international cooperation, research and the lobbying towards a UN Convention on the rights of the elderly.  

The Symposium will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 at the VU University in Amsterdam. Participation is free but registration is required.

The date of 24 October is a deliberate choice for two reasons. Kees Blankman was recently  appointed professor Legal protection of the elderly and adults with disabilities. On 24 October 2019 he will accept this appointment as professor with special appointment by pronouncing his inaugural speech starting at 15.45 hrs. The speech (to be held in Dutch) will be followed by a reception for which all participants are invited. The chair at the VU University is set by Alzheimer Nederland. Presenters and chair persons are invited for the dinner that will start at 18.30 hrs.

Alzheimer Europe is organizing a European Conference from 23-25 October in The Hague, for which you are also invited. See https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Conferences/The-Hague-2019 for more information. It is easy to attend both the Symposium at the VU in Amsterdam and, on 25 October, The Conference in The Hague. The conference will also deal with legal issues on Friday 25 October and you are most likely to meet some of the participants of the Symposium in The Hague.

For the preliminary programme click here

To register, click here