Second FL-EUR Conference - Friday 24 November 2023

Second FL-EUR Conference 'European pathways for supporting and protecting adults: first results from the FL-EUR national reports and insights from other projects' - 24 November 2023

On Friday 24 November 2023, FL-EUR - together with the Amsterdam Centre for Family & Law - organised the conference 'European pathways for supporting and protecting adults: first results from the FL-EUR national reports and insights from other projects'. The conference was co-sponsered by the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit and the VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (VICES).

In 2022-2023 FL-EUR experts and reporters completed detailed National Reports on the legal regulation of empowerment and protection for vulnerable adults in their jurisdictions. These reports have been published on the FL-EUR website. During the first part of the Conference the FL-EUR members presented the first comparative overviews based on the National Reports. The second part of the Conference was dedicated to the results of several other comparative and PIL projects and international networks, dealing with the legal support and protection of adults.

Several speakers have kindly agreed to make their PowerPoint available to a broader audience. The links to these presentations can be found in the programme below.

PROGRAMME 24 November 2023

10.00-10.10 Opening
Prof. Masha Antokolskaia (Chair FL-EUR, Vrije University Amsterdam, NL)

10.10 -11.45 Session 1: FL-EUR first comparative results -
Chair prof. Nina Dethloff  (FL-EUR, University of Bonn)

Introduction into the FL-EUR project and general overview of legal systems of support and protection of adults
Prof. Masha Antokolskaia (Chair FL-EUR, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Overview of Statutory measures
Prof. Tim Wuyts, (FL-EUR, University of Hasselt, Belgium)

Overview of Procedural safeguards 
Fiore Schuthof (FL-EUR, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

11.45-12.00 Break

12.00 - 13.30 Session II: FL-EUR first comparative results -
Chair dr. Velina Todorova (FL-EUR, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Overview of Voluntary measures
Prof. Paula Távora Vítor (FL-EUR, University of Coimbra, Portugal), prof. Katrine Kjærheim Fredwall (FL-EUR, University of Oslo, Norway), Prof. Jordi Ribot (FL-EUR, University of Girona, Spain)

The enduring and dynamic nature of enduring documents from a comparative perspective
Rieneke Stelma-Roorda (FL-EUR, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Overview of Ex lege measures
Prof. Wendy Schrama (FL-EUR, Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Femke de Kievit (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

13.30-14.30 lunch

14.30-16.00 Session III Private International Law initiatives and comparative research projects
Chair Prof. Krista Nadakavukaren (Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

HCCH 2000 Convention
Phillip Lortie (First Secretary HCCH)

PIL- HCC Convention/ EU-Commission Proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of measures and cooperation in matters relating to the protection of adults
Lenka Vysoka (Legal and Policy Officer · European Commission)

International Academy of Comparative Law General Report
Prof. Frederik Swennen (FL-EUR, President of the International Society of Family Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-18.15 Session IV Comparative and other research projects -
Chair prof. Michelle Cottier (FL-EUR, University of Geneve)

European Law Institute Advance Choices Project
Mr. Adrian Ward (ELI, Scotland)

Essex Autonomy Project
Prof. Wayne Martin (University of Essex, England)

Models of Implementation of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Comparative overview
Dr. Maciej Domański (University of Warsaw, Poland), prof. Bogusław Lackoroński (University of Warsaw, Poland)