International Obligations

This section tells you about our role in protecting vulnerable adults in international situations.

The Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults addresses issues around international protection for vulnerable adults

States that have signed the convention must put in place a central authority to protect vulnerable adults in international situations, for example, where an adult is a citizen of one country but lives in another.

The Irish State has signed the convention and, under the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015, has appointed the Decision Support Service as its central authority in relation to jurisdiction, applicable law, and recognition and enforcement measures for vulnerable adults.

More information on the Hague Convention can be found here