From 14 to 17 September 2016, the “4th World Congress on Adult Guardianship” will take place in Erkner near Berlin. Prof. Volker LIPP (Goettingen University), who has already participated in previous meetings of the JDZB and is the key organiser of the conference in Erkner, and Prof. ARAI Makoto will seek to report with the JDZB in the run up to the German-Japanese symposium on the relationship between the adult guardianship law and the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From a human rights perspective, the adult guardianship law has been exposed to heavy criticism from around the world. The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has a special role in these discussions. The Convention was adopted in Germany in 2009 and in Japan in 2014. In Article 12 it guarantees all disabled persons “equal recognition before the law”. This has resulted in intense debate in both Germany and Japan over whether the German or the Japanese Adult Guardianship Law is compatible with the UN Convention or whether radical reform is required.
The symposium will continue the international debate and lead discussions from Japanese and German perspectives. It will deal with two central questions: the meaning of the “principle of assistance” for adult protection (“support instead of representation”) and the “single stage approach” (as in Germany), or the multiple staged approach (as in Japan) of adult guardianship protection.
The symposium will be held in German and Japanes with simultaneous interpretation.
Please refer to the German resp. Japanese page for further details.