Empowering European Families

Prof. dr. Wendy Schrama participates in the Empowering European Families (EEF) project as one of the main researchers and project reporters. This project was launched in February 2016 and will continue for two years. Financially supported by an EU Action Grant, experts from various European countries work on drawing up model contracts for international couples. Presently, the work is focused on the analysis of the country reports on private international law relating to divorce and its consequences. On the 14th of June a public workshop took place in Vienna in which some of the results were discussed.



vFAS-research on the Determination of child support in co-parenthood

Dr. Merel Jonker is doing research, commission by the vFAS, on the best practices concerning the determination of child support in co-parenthood. It is a comparative research. Jonker has recently scrutinized the Belgian and Swedish legal systems and practices during study visits in both Belgium and Sweden. The research will be presented in September at the annual vFAS congress.



Visiting professorship

Dr. Susanne Burri visited the research centre COMPTRASEC of the University of Bordeaux in April 2016 as an invited visiting professor. This centre is specialised in comparative legal research in the field of labour law and social security law (click here to visit their website). While Susanne Burri was there she taught a part of the master course on comparative labour law in French.



Honorary Doctorate Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki

On the 23rd of March, 2016, prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki received an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp. ‘She is the most prominent professor of international family law and is among the best in the world in her field’, according to prof. Frederik Swennen, who acted as supervisor. For more information see the website of UAntwerp.





Invitation for the Tenth UCERF Symposium

On the 21st of April 2016 the tenth UCERF Symposium will take place. A broad range of topics will be presented, including: contested divorces, international child abduction and child protection measures. The speakers are: Sylvia Wortmann, Prof. Masha Antokolskaia, Luc Strikwerda, dr. Merel Jonker, Prof. Ido Weijers, Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki, Katrien van Stratum and Prof. Marian Verkerk. The symposium starts at 11.00 and ends at 17.00 with a bite and a drink. See the programme and the official invitation here. The symposium will be held in Dutch. To register please fill in and send the form (click here).