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European Human Rights and Family Law

Author : Shazia Choudhry
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This book examines the potential impact of human rights in the way the law interacts with families. Traditionally family law has been dominated by consequentialist/utilitarian themes. The most notable example of this occurs in the law relating to children and the employment of the "welfare principle". This requires the court to focus on the welfare of the child as the paramount consideration. Hitherto the courts and, to a certain extent, family law academics, have firmly rejected the use of the language of rights, preferring the discretion and child-centred focus of welfare. However, the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights via the Human Rights Act now requires family law to deal more clearly with the competing rights that family members can hold. In addition, it is clear that, to date, the courts have largely ignored or minimised the different demands that the HRA imposes on the judiciary and, in particular, judicial reasoning. This book challenges that view and suggests ways in which the family courts may improve their reasoning in this field. No longer can cases be dealt with on the basis of a simple utilitarian calculation of what is in the best interests of the child and other family members - greater transparency is required. The book clarifies the different rights that family members can hold and, in particular, identifies ways in which it may be possible to deal with the clash of rights between family members that will inevitably occur. Whether this requires an abandonment of the utilitarian nature of family law, or a reworking of it, is a theme that runs throughout the book.

The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Family Law

Author : Shazia Choudhry
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Offers a comprehensive overview of the key issues facing family law globally, and explores how different countries have tackled them.

The Present and Future of European Family Law

Author : Jens M. Scherpe
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The Present and Future of European Family Law explores the essence of European family law – and what its future may be. It compares and analyses existing laws and court decisions, identifies trends in legislation and jurisprudence, and also forecasts (and in some cases proposes) future developments. It establishes that while there is, at present, no comprehensive European family law, elements of an ‘institutional European family law’ have been created through decisions by the European Court on Human Rights and by the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as other EU instruments. At the same time an ‘organic European family law’ is beginning to emerge. The laws in many European jurisdictions have developed similarly and have ‘grown together’, not only as a result of the aforementioned institutional pressures, but also as a result of societal developments, and comparable reactions to medical and societal advances and changes. Hence there already is a body of institutional and organic European family law, and it will continue to grow. This book, and the others in the set, will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in family law. It will be of particular use to students and scholars of comparative and international family law, as well as family law practitioners.

Children s Rights and the Developing Law

Author : Jane Fortin
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This text considers the developing law in England and Wales as it applies to the burgeoning and confusing subject of the rights of children. It examines the extent to which the emerging legal principles can be harnessed to fulfil those rights.

The Human Rights of Migrants in European Law

Author : Cathryn Costello
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A critical discussion of EU and ECHR migration and refugee law, this book analyses the law on asylum and immigration of third country-nationals. It focuses on how the EU norms interact with ECHR human rights case law on migration, and the pitfalls of European human rights pluralism.

The Legal Culture of the European Court of Human Rights

Author : Nina-Louisa Arold
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Without understanding the legal culture of the judges a full understanding of Strasbourg's rulings seems hardly possible. Through interviews, field observations and case law analysis, this book fills this need and offers a fresh approach towards convergence in Europe.

Perspectives for the Unification and Harmonisation of Family Law in Europe

Author : Katharina Boele-Woelki
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Is the unification and harmonisation of (international) family law in Europe necessary? Is it feasible, desirable and possible? Reading the different contributions to this book may certainly inspire those who would like to find the right answers to these questions.

Family Law

Author : Ruth Lamont
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Written by a team of highly experienced teachers of family law, this innovative new textbook is a contextual, critical, and highly engaging guide to the subject. Each expert author has crafted a superbly clear guide to their particular area of expertise, which is structured around the key debates central to that topic. These debates are explored and discussed throughout the chapter, and students are thereby introduced to an enlightening range of perspectiveson the key issues. The social, economic, and political backdrop to each topic is also extensively discussed, to ensure that students' understanding is grounded in this essential context. Family Law is a fresh, modern, and unique guide to this dynamic subject.

Ageing Gender and Family Law

Author : Beverley Clough
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This book explores the intersecting issues relating the phenomenon of ageing to gender and family law. The latter has tended to focus mainly on family life in young and middle age; and, indeed, the issues of childhood and parenting are key in many family law texts. Family life for older members has, then, been largely neglected; addressing this neglect, the current volume explores how the issues which might be important for younger people are not necessarily the same as those for older people. The significance of family, the nature of family life, and the understanding of self in terms of one’s relationships, tend to change over the life course. For example, the state may play an increasing role in the lives of older people – as access to services, involvement in work and the community, the ability to live independently, and to form or maintain caring relationships, are all impacted by law and policy. This collection therefore challenges the standard models of family life and family law that have been developed within a child/parent-centred paradigm, and which may require rethinking in the turn to family life in old age. Interdisciplinary in its scope and orientation, this book will appeal not just to academic family lawyers and students interested in issues around family law, ageing, gender, and care; but also to sociologists and ethicists working in these areas.

Family Law and the Human Rights Act 1998

Author : Heather Swindells
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The Human Rights Act 1998 provides, for the first time, for the enforcement of the European Convention on Human Rights against a public authority directly, through any level of the domestic courts. Several Articles of the European Convention have been specifically drafted to deal with the rights of the family. Implementation of the Act will throw up a number of important issues for family lawyers, who must understand the scope of the Act or risk exposure to possible negligence claims. Family Law and the Human Rights Act 1998 explains the family-law related aspects of the Act and assesses the implications of the Act to family lawyers.

The Child and the European Convention on Human Rights

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The European Convention on Human Rights is the most successful system for the enforcement of human rights in the world. However, to date its full potential for protecting children’s rights has not been explored as attention has focused on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This unique book provides the first analysis of the extensive case law of the Commission and the Court of Human Rights on all issues concerning children and their rights. This study is important as a study of the regional protection of children’s rights and, moreover, the case law itself can be directly applied in the legal system of nearly every European country, including the UK. The book includes chapters on the rights of the child under the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to education, protection from abuse, the right to identity, child care, juvenile justice, health care and immigration and the family. It also explores the potential of the Strasbourg mechanism for the protection of children’s rights and thus provides a practical and vital guide to the study and use of the European Convention in the broad area of children’s rights.

European Family Law Volume III

Author : Jens M. Scherpe
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This four-volume set maps the emerging European family law. It is intended to serve as a resource for anyone interested in this area of law, as well as a basis for teaching on comparative and international family law courses. The first volume examines t

Family Forms and Parenthood

Author : Andrea Büchler
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The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has always had a significant influence on the development of family law in the different European national jurisdictions. However, at a time where family forms have been subject to a profound transformation characterized by the coexistence of a variety of family forms and where, at the same time, national family laws are converging, it is essential to properly understand the ECHR's influence on national family law. This book explains and analyzes in depth the theory and practice of Article 8 ECHR with respect to family forms and parenthood. It examines how judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) are received and implemented in a variety of contracting States (Austria, Croatia, England/Wales, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) and how the judgments contribute to the shaping of domestic and European family law. The book concludes with a detailed reflection on the relationship between the case law of the ECtHR and developments in national family law and jurisprudence. (Series: European Family Law - Vol. 40) [Subject: European Law, Human Rights Law, Family Law]

Ideas and Debates in Family Law

Author : Rob George
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Ideas and Debates in Family Law is written for family law students, at undergraduate level and beyond, who are looking for less orthodox ideas about family law. The book's first section looks at themes in family law, addressing challenges facing the family justice system, rights and responsibilities, and the internationalisation of the law regulating families. The second section is focused on adult relationships: it suggests new ways for the law to allocate legal consequences for families, debates the consequences of the 'contractualisation' of marriage, and explores the value of 'fairness' in family finances. The third section is about children, discussing the welfare principle, parental responsibility and practical parenting. Although these issues sound common enough in a family law book, the discussions found here are far from common. Useful by itself or alongside a textbook, Ideas and Debates in Family Law offers new and thought-provoking perspectives on family law issues. 'Rob George is a new, distinctive and powerful voice in family law scholarship. In this book he subjects received and emerging opinions to incisive examination, providing readers with the intellectual invigoration associated with first class seminars. Above all, he re-claims family law as a significant branch of the idea and practice of justice.' John Eekelaar, Pembroke College, Oxford 'Building on a successful format for undergraduate seminars in Oxford, this unique student text presents an exciting array of thought-provoking debates and intellectually stimulating, sometimes unorthodox, ideas. It will help students to situate their knowledge and to think more deeply and critically about family law and policy. I applaud this book's focus and content and Rob George's vision in writing it.' Stephen Gilmore, King's College London 'Whether you are a student looking for interesting points to make your work first class or an academic wanting an overview of family law theory, this is the book for you. Rob George has brilliantly captured the main issues facing family lawyers and policy makers at this fascinating time. All the major concepts in family law - marriage; parenthood; family - are having to be rethought and redefined. This book provides an excellent starting point for how we might go about reimagining family law and policy.' Jonathan Herring, Exeter College, Oxford

The Making of European Private Law

Author : J. M. Smits
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Over the last decade, Europe has witnessed the emergence of a vigorous debate about the need for and the feasibility of a future European ius commune in the field of private law. This book critically discusses this debate and provides a systematic overview of the various initiatives taken and describes the fragmentary European private law that already exists (by way of European directives, international conventions, etc.).

Europe of Rights A Compendium on the European Convention of Human Rights

Author : Javier García Roca
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This book is a systematic commentary on half a century of case law on the Convention system made by a group of legal experts from various universities and legal disciplines. It provides a guide of the rights protected under ECHR as well as a better understanding, open to supranational scenarios, of fundamental rights in the respective Constitutions. Our intention is not only to make available a mere case law commentary. This work indeed offers succinct information on the most consolidated lines of case law and this is probably where it is most useful. Nevertheless there is also academic reflection, which we believe is nowadays essential as Europe is becoming more than a continent: it is, above all, a civilisation, with a common language of rights, a developing ius commune.

Relational Autonomy and Family Law

Author : Jonathan Herring
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This book explores the importance of autonomy in family law. It argues that traditional understandings of autonomy are inappropriate in the family law context and instead recommends the use of relational autonomy. The book starts by explaining how autonomy has historically been understood, before exploring the problems with its use in family law. It then sets out the model of relational autonomy which, it will be argued, is more appropriate in this context. Finally, some examples of practical application are presented. The issues raised and theoretical discussion is relevant to any jurisdiction.

Cases and Materials on the European Convention on Human Rights

Author : Alastair R. Mowbray
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This second edition provides students with a selection of the leading jurisprudence, together with commentary, on the major rights enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights. It also examines the creation of the Convention, and the role of the institutions and remedies available at the European level.

Landmark Cases in Family Law

Author : Stephen Gilmore
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There are a number of important (landmark) cases in the development of Family Law in England and Wales that deserve detailed examination and lend themselves particularly well to historical examination. Family law cases tend to raise highly controversial issues, often on striking facts, frequently provoking wider social debate and/or extensive publicity. Consequently, the landmark cases chosen for this collection provide considerable scope, not only for doctrinal analysis and explanation of the importance and impact of the decisions, but also for in-depth examination of the social or policy developments that influenced them. The stories behind the cases provide a fascinating insight into the complexities of family life and the drama that can be found in the family courts. In recent years, Family Law has seen enormous changes in law's engagement with the notion of 'family', with the enactment, for example, of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and, more recently, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. As we begin to move forward into the new millennium, this is an excellent time to engage in detailed analyses and 'stock-taking' of the landmark decisions, many of which were decided in the 1970s, and which have shaped modern Family Law. This book provides a series of in-depth studies of the key leading cases, and will be of interest to students and lecturers alike.

Family Law

Author : Jonathan Herring
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Provides comprehensive coverage of family law relating to both children and adults. This book also analyses the key principles of the law in a context that is informed by the theories and realities of contemporary society. It is intended for students who develop a fascination with this area of law.