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04-10-'13

7th symposium of UCERF on the 13th of April 2013

On Thursday 18th April 2013, the seventh UCERF symposium on the current developments in family law was held at Utrecht University.
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The afternoon was opened by Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki, after which Advocate-General of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Frans Langemeijer, gave a presentation about ‘The Supreme Court and family law’. Following this, Prof. Frederik Swennen spoke about ‘Third person’s right to contact with children in Belgium law’. Subsequently, Gordon Doull, from ABN AMRO MeesPierson, informed us of the ways in which parents can help with the purchase of their children’s house. After the coffee break, Dr. Esther Kluwer spoke about the wellbeing of the children of divorced parents. Following this Dr. Wibo van Rossum detailed the law regarding the everyday life of transnational families. Finally, the afternoon was closed by Lisette Frohn, who gave her opinion on international divorce. The public was subsequently given the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers, and to make remarks and comments. After the discussion, everyone was invited to enjoy a drink and reflect upon the afternoon’s symposium.

To view photos from the afternoon’s symposium, please click here.

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04-10-'13

Foreign researcher Maximilian Strutz (Cologne) at UCERF in December-February 2013

Maximilian Strutz of the University of Cologne also had a three-month research stay at UCERF, between December 2012 and February 2013  This was a major success:
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“My name is Maximilian Strutz and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Cologne in Germany. The topic of my dissertation is ‘The control of marriage settlement in the Netherlands and in Germany’. Since my dissertation focuses significantly on the Netherlands, it was logical that I would also perform research in the Netherlands itself. However, it was a coincidence that I was asked to work at UCERF. A colleague saw Prof. Boele Woelki’s offer of a research stay, and pointed this out to me. In view of my subsequent experiences, I am extremely happy this happened.

 

With the support of Prof. Boele-Woelki and her employees during my stay in Utrecht between December 2012 and February 2013, I was able to complete a large part of my dissertation, to answer open questions and to discover new information on my theme. I even wrote an article concerning the explanation of marriage settlements with Evelien Verhagen, a PhD researcher at Utrecht, which has since been published in WPNR. A big success!

 

Max StrutzDutch and German people really do differ a lot. I draw this conclusion not only from my research into the marital property law in Germany and the Netherlands, but also from my experiences working at a German university and at UCERF. It can be seen in simply the way people address one another. In Germany, it is common to address someone formally, using their title and surname, while Dutch people do not do this and therefore there is less distance between the people (this is my personal impression anyway). This was also the case at UCERF: very uncomplicated and direct!

 

In short: I would definitely return for second time if I had the opportunity!

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