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International Protection of Adults - the Current Legal Framework Under Scrutiny

Event Details

Time: 16:30-19:15 (registration from 15.45)

Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

On 11 February BIICL hosts an event at which leading practitioners and judges will explore progress made in the area of international protection of vulnerable adults.

Despite the 2000 Hague Convention, practical problems arise in cross-border scenarios, involving public policy and human rights considerations. On a practical level, private mandates are not accepted by financial institutions and there is no mechanism for enforcement.

Speakers will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the current legal framework, prospects for future ratification of the 2000 Hague Convention, and initiatives of the European Parliament and Council of Europe to improve matters for European citizens.


  • Philippe Lortie, First Secretary, Hague Conference
  • Sir Jonathan Baker, Judge, High Court of Justice, Family Division
  • Denzil Lush, Senior Judge, Court of Protection
  • Adrian Ward MBE, T C Young, Solicitors, Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Claire Van Overdijk, No 5 Chambers, London
  • Richard Frimston, Russell-Cooke, London


  • Alex Ruck Keene, 39 Essex Chambers

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Event convened by Dr Eva Lein, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

CPD points

This event is accredited with 2.5 CPD points.

Pricing and Registration

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £55
  • Full-time Academic - £35
  • Full-time Student - £20


  • Individual - £95
  • Full-time Academic - £60
  • Full-time Student - £35

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.

Free NGO Places

A limited number of places for this event are available for staff of NGOs to attend free of charge as part of an initiative by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law to provide NGOs with access to legal education and training events.

Please email our Events Team at with your contact details, your position and the NGO that you work for. We will organise your attendance, subject to availability.

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