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Child Participation in Family Law Book Launch and Symposium

Event date: 15 Oct 2021

Friday 15th October 2021


IAFL Fellows and Family Lawyers from around the world may be interested in attending a free online symposium to mark the publication of The International Handbook on Child Participation in Family Law (Intersentia, 2021) co-edited by Professors Wendy Schrama, Marilyn Freeman, Nicola Taylor and Marielle Bruning. The symposium will take place on Friday 15th October 2021 at 08:00 UTC (09:00 GMT) and last for 2.5 hours.

The Keynote Speakers will be:

  • Professor Wendy Schrama (on behalf of the Handbook’s Co-editors), Professor of Family Law and Comparative Law and Director of the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
  • Mrs. Ewa Kopacz, European Parliament Coordinator on Children's Rights; Vice-President of the European Parliament.
  • Professor Ann Skelton, UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa, University of Pretoria; Rotating Honorary Chair of Enforcement of Children's Rights, Department of Child Law, University of Leiden, the Netherlands; Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The International Handbook on Child Participation in Family Law examines the way in which private international law instruments deal with child participation in separation/divorce, parental responsibility and child abduction proceedings. In addition, the book includes individual contributions from renowned family law experts from 17 countries who describe and analyse the local laws and exercise of child participation rights in their own jurisdictions. These insightful texts include the authors’ views on the improvements needed to ensure that child participation rights are fully respected and implemented in the countries under review. A detailed comparative analysis follows which helpfully pinpoints both the key commonalities and differences in these global processes. Finally, the concluding chapter draws together the different perspectives revealed across the Handbook, and identifies several key issues requiring further refection from scholars, policy makers and family justice professionals.

Please email freemanmarilyna@aol.com for further information. Registration details will be available in due course.

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