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28-03-'14

Article in Family & Law: ‘Joint parenting after divorce’

In the journal Family & Law an article of Christina Jeppesen De Boer named ‘Joint parenting after divorce’ will be published. Recent developments in Danish and Dutch legislation have provided norms which were directed at furthering equality between parents, in the interest of the child. 
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In both countries, it was promised in the course of the parliamentary deliberations that the enacted legislation would be evaluated within a period of three years.

The Danish evaluation led to new legislation being enacted. In this article the background for the Danish evaluation, the findings in the evaluation en the resulting legislative changes are deliberated.

Subsequently, the interaction between the evaluation and the resulting changes is critically analysed. An essential question concerns the purpose of the evaluation. What was envisaged? That the stated aims were realised? Or just the elimination of sharp edges of the legislation? To what extent were the findings in the evaluation taken into account in the subsequent legislative changes? Finally, joint parenting after evaluation will be brought into perspective.

The article can be read here (only in Dutch): http://www.familieenrecht.nl/tijdschrift/fenr/2014/03/FENR-D-13-00005/fullscreen.

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28-02-'14

Article in Trouw ‘Danish parents who are in divorce are allowed to arrange everything’

Christina Jeppesen-De Boer was quoted in an article in the Dutch newspaper Trouw about the Danish divorce law. The article can be read here (only available in Dutch): Trouw, 27 februari 2014.

 
 

14-02-'14

Article 1-reading

On the 4th of April, Jet Tigchelaar and Wibo van Rossum will organise a lecture on Article 1 (of the Dutch Constitution). Masha Antokolskaia (professor of private law, with a specialisation in family law, at the VU Amsterdam) will give a presentation entitled: ‘Iedereen gelijk, iedereen gelukkig! Is gelijke behandeling van alle ouders in het belang van het kind?’ (‘Everyone equal, everyone happy! Is the equal treatment of all parents in the best interests of the child?’). 
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The central question concerns whether the principle of equality in Article 1 denotes that all parents – legal, biological, social, divorced and not divorced, custodial and non-custodial, known donors who take part in family life, lesbian mothers, stepparents and natural parents, etc, etc. – should be treated equally. How do the ever-increasing claims for equality from the various groups of parents relate to the best interests of the child? Nanneke Quik-Schuijt (former judge at the juvenile court and current Socialist Party MP) will act as a referent in this discussion.

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14-02-'14

Symposium Molengraaff Dispuut about international child abduction

On Wednesday 26th of February, Merel Jonker gave a presentation about the procedure for incoming cases of international child abduction at the Symposium ‘Eerst terug dan praten’ (‘First return then talk’), which was organised by the Molengraaff Dispuut (a student society for excellent private law students). The other speakers were: Hans van Loon (former Secretary General of the Hague Conference into Private International Law), Nynke Whiterod (lawyer and specialist in international child abduction) and Johan Visser (president of the Family and International Child Protection team of the Court of The Hague). 
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10-01-'14

New commissioned research into the necessity of compulsory sex registration for all

The Academic Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security & Justice has commissioned UCERF researchers to look into the issue of mandatory, binary (M/F) gender registration. 
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A growing awareness and concern about the vulnerable position of transgender and intersex people has led to questions being raised in parliament regarding the legal possibilities and impediments to refrain from or delete existing registration of a person’s gender. Since 1986,  it has been possible to leave the gender of newly born babies undetermined. However, for people who are already registered as either male or female,  it is only possible to change from male to female, or vice versa.
This research will set out the legal framework in the Netherlands, and identify national and international legal obstacles to the introduction of the possibility of changing an existing gender  registration into an undetermined status, selecting a ‘third box’, or refraining from registration altogether, as well as the consequences thereof (e.g. for detention policies or non-discrimination law). The project includes an exploration of the situation regarding sex registration in six other countries (Germany, UK, India, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia). The results of these country-specific queries will be compared with the situation in the Netherlands.
It is expected that the project will be finalised in the Autumn of 2014. The research team consists of Marjolein van den Brink, Jet Tigchelaar, Wibo van Rossum and Susanne Burri, and is complemented by Eric Gubbels, a registrar in Amsterdam.

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