Forthcoming IAFL Events

IAFL Introduction to International Family Law Conference Bangkok, Thailand

Event date: 25 Feb 2020

Where and When

Banyan Tree Hotel
21/100 South Sathon Road
Bangkok 10120

Start: Tuesday 25th February 2020 at 9:00 AM
End: Tuesday 25th February 2020 at 1:00 PM

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IAFL are very sorry to announce that, due to the risk from the Coronavirus, our Introduction to International Family Law conference has been postponed. The programme will now be delivered as part of the postponed Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting which will now take place from 14th - 18th October 2020. Further details will follow.

The conference is designed principally for local lawyers and academics from Thailand and the Asia Pacific region, however it is hoped that as many IAFL Fellows as possible will also attend. It aims to provide information about the practice of international family law. We have found that, in the past, these conferences have been greatly appreciated by the local legal community wherever we have held them and have been a great way for us to get to know local lawyers, judges and academics who are involved in family law. It is a good way to show local lawyers the work that we do in IAFL.

The conference registration fee of US$50 covers conference attendance, tea and coffee breaks and a networking lunch after the conference. 

Education Programme

The education programme will consist of three one-hour panels covering the following topics. The programme will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation to Thai. 

Click here to view the detailed programme

Marriage and Divorce

  • Requirements for a marriage
  • Whether various religious ceremonies are recognised as marriages
  • Whether same sex marriages are recognised
  • Recognition of foreign marriages or divorces
  • Jurisdictional requirements for divorce
  • Grounds for divorce
  • Whether common law marriages or de facto relationships are recognised

 Parenting Matters

  • Principles generally - what are the legal principles and bases for making parenting orders in the jurisdiction of the panellist?
  • Approaches when a child is abducted by one parent to the jurisdiction of the panellist, including:
    • The approach and process where the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention applies and
    • The approach and process when the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention does not apply
  • Approaches to relocation or leave to remove applications

Property and Financial Matters

  • Jurisdictional requirements
  • Does the relief sought need to be linked to an application for divorce?
  • The property regime(s) prevailing in each jurisdiction
  • Valuation and discovery issues, including whether there is a duty to make disclosure
  • Dealing with assets overseas
  • Forum disputes when more than one country may have jurisdiction
  • Is it possible to have such pre-nuptial agreements in the jurisdiction of the panellist? If not, what is the next best thing one can do?
  • Is it possible to have cross-jurisdictional agreements in the jurisdiction of the panellist
  • Requirements for a valid pre-nuptial agreement
  • Limitations of pre-nuptial agreements, including grounds to set them aside or declare them not to be binding

Thank You to Our Sponsor

IAFL are truly grateful to our conference sponsor Eversheds Harry Elias who are helping to make the conference accessible to family law professionals from around the world.

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Further Information

If you have any queries about the conference, please contact IAFL Executive Director, Donna Goddard at

Refund Policy

Full refund of registration fee if cancellation occurs before Tuesday 11th February, 2020 less $5 administration fee per person (credit card costs and expenses of the administrator). No refund of registration fees thereafter.

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