Seminar on Gender, Sexuality and Migration

This seminar concludes the first phase of an interdisciplinary research project on Gender, Sexuality and Migration (made possible with funding by Institutions). The seminar takes place on Tuesday 14 November 2017 and will highlight several aspects of this theme, such as honour-related violence in Dutch refugee shelters affecting both women and men (Janine Jansen, Avans and National Police). Among the other speakers that have confirmed, are Mieke Verloo (Radboud University, comparative politics and equality issues) and Lourdes Peroni (Ghent University) who just concluded a research project focusing on the intersection of gender, race and culture from a critical race feminist perspective. Time: 10.00 – 14.00; location: Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200. Following the seminar, there is a possibility to attend the inaugural lecture of prof. John de Wit (social sciences / public health). John is one of the initiators of the project, together with Berteke Waaldijk (humanities/history) and Marjolein van den Brink (SIM, UCERF). Attending the seminar is free of charge, but you are kindly requested to register by sending an e-mail to:; please mention ‘seminar GSM’.



Visiting foreign researcher: Natalia Rueda (university of Pisa, Italy)

Natalia Rueda, PhD student at the University of Pisa, Italy and Research assistant at the Externado University of Colombia, visited UCERF for two months in Spring 2017. Her research proposal on Compensation Claims in Parent-child relationships foresees a comparative law analysis between Italian and Colombian law. During her visit, she participated in the Ius Commune postgraduate training course on Comparative Law Research and Methodology, directed by Prof. Ewoud Hondius. Conducting her own research, Natalia had gained more knowledge of comparative law methodology, possible interactions between tort law and family law and procreational responsibility. She took the opportunity to dialogue with other researchers on topics of mutual interest, like Dr. Susanne Burri on work and care; Dr. Marjolein van den Brink on gender and human rights; Dr. Jessy Emaus on tort law in family relations; and Soraya Bou-Sfia on comparative law and identity in child law. Natalia was working under the supervision of Prof. Wendy Schrama.



Public Workship Empowering European Families Project

On Tuesday, June 20th, Christiane Wendehorst (Professor of Private Law in Vienna) and Wendy Schrama will organize a Public Workship, as they are the leaders of the Empowering European Families Project. On this one-day English-speaking meeting, the results of the Empowering European Families project, funded by European funding, are presented. The purpose of the project is to establish international marriage contracts within the EU. This meeting presents and discusses the results on matrimonial property law, alimentation law and pension law. Several members of the Working Group and various other international speakers will present their vision of the results with a focus on the theme of party autonomy. Any  input from visitors, both from science and practice, is more than welcome.

Participation is free, but there are limited seats available. Therefore, registration is required through the secretariat of private law ( to Mrs Wijnans, mentioning your name and organization, and 20 June EEF. At the beginning of June, you will receive a program and practical information, provided that there is enough space.



Eleventh UCERF symposium

On the 11th of April 2017 the eleventh UCERF Symposium took place. It was a very interesting and successful meeting. For a report and all powerpoint presentations (in Dutch), click here.



Expert seminar on interdisciplinary research, sex registration and quality of life

On 21 October 2016, ‘GIRARE project’ coordinators Marjolein van den Brink (UCERF & SIM, law) and Christine Quinan (Gender Studies) organised an expert seminar. Twenty participants with various academic backgrounds (including anthropology, development studies, sociology, political science, sexology, history) from Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, England, Ireland and four Dutch universities, discussed developments in the area of sex categorisations and registration, the do’s and don’ts of interdisciplinary research, and possibilities for funding. All participants expressed their interest in further cooperation, hence one of the follow-up activities that is currently being looked into is a COST application.
The GIRARE (Gender Identity And Human Rights Effects) project explores the effects of changes in the legal regulation of sex on the quality of life of people with varying gender characteristics, gender identities and gender expressions, including those identifying as both trans and cis-gender. The research takes a feminist and queer perspective as its starting point.
The initial phases of the project have been sponsored by the Utrecht University funds Institutions and Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights. For more information see:, or e-mail: or