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29-11-'13

Symposium ‘Domestic abuse and divorce: the interests of the child’ by the Society for Women and Law

On the 7th November 2013, Evelien Verhagen attended the symposium ‘Domestic abuse and divorce: the interests of the child’, which was organised by the Society for Women and Law (Vereniging voor Vrouw en Recht).
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Afbeelding bijeenkomst partnergeweld

During this meeting, Meta Kuipers (policy advisor for the Child Protection Board), Nanneke Quik-Schuijt (former judge and member of the Socialist Party group in the Upper House of the Dutch Parliament) and Katinka Lünnemann (researcher at the Verwey-Jonker Institute) gave lectures on the effects of domestic violence (intimate partner violence) upon children. The presentations roused strong emotions amongst the participants. The general message that was conveyed was that the feelings of taboo surrounding this dilemma have to be broken!

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29-11-'13

Farewell congress professor Van Mourik

On Wednesday 20th November 2013, Martin Jan van Mourik marked his retirement as editor of the WPNR at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. In order to celebrate this occasion, the WPNR organised a conference, which UCERF researcher Evelien Verhagen attended.
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During the afternoon, four young researchers – Anne Mollema, Hans ter Haar, Nathalie Bauduin and Ronald Brinkman – each presented three proposals relating to their own (PhD) research, to which Martin Jan provided feedback. These replies were, as we have come to expect from Martin Jan, accompanied by the necessary jokes and gags. Looking back, this was a successful afternoon filled with interesting presentations and fruitful discussions.

Foto congres Van Mourik

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22-11-'13

5th Conference of CEFL on 29-31 of August 2013

On the 29-31 August 2013, a group of researchers from UCERF attended the Fifth Conference of the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) at the University of Bonn. Entitled ‘Family Law and Culture in Europe: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities’, the conference sought to facilitate discussion on comparative and international family law in Europe.The event drew a broad and diverse audience, with over 200 participants, including legal researchers, lawyers, notaries, judges and government officials, representing some 33 different nationalities.
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The presentations centred around three main themes: (i) property relations – the CEFL’s ‘Principles of European Family Law regarding Property Relations Between Spouses’ and an examination of the proposed EU private international law regulations on the property relations between spouses and registered partners; (ii) non-formalised relationships – the varying ways in which Nordic and common law countries legislate on non-formalised relationships, with particular regard to the consequences for the partners upon the voluntary dissolution of the relationship or the death of one of the parties; and (iii) social, biological and  legal parentage – examining biological and social rights to parenthood and the child’s rights to parents from both ECHR and national legal perspectives.

Foto conferentie Bonn

Four workshops were also held in which young researchers were given the opportunity to present their work concerning either (i) cross-border family relationships; (ii) transnational families; (iii) the (un)wanted child; or (iv) relationship breakup.

Much lively and fruitful debate on the current developments in family law in Europe emerged from the presentations and panel discussions during this three-day event. We look forward to continuing this exchange of ideas and finding out about the future principles on the property relations between cohabitants at the next CEFL conference. (For more information: http://ceflonline.net/)

An extended English report can be read here: Report CEFL conference Bonn.

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17-11-'13

First meeting Experts’ Group on Recognition and Enforcement of Voluntary Cross-border Agreements in Child Disputes

Between the 12-14 December 2013, Katharina Boele-Woelki will chair the first meeting of the Experts’ Group on Recognition and Enforcement of Voluntary Cross-border Agreements in Child Disputes in The Hague. The meeting has been organised by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Around 20 experts from all over the world will take part. The Experts’ Group will examine the nature and extent of the legal and practical problems relating to cross-border voluntary agreements, and identify the issues which arise concerning international jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement in this regard.
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In addition, the benefits of introducing a new instrument in this field (binding or non-binding) will be evaluated.

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23-10-'13

Hanneke Steenbergen Scriptieprijs award ceremony and symposium on migration law on 8th of November 2013

In the afternoon of Friday 8th November 2013, the Hanneke Steenbergen Scriptieprijs (€ 1.500) was, for the eleventh time, awarded in Utrecht to the author of the best Dutch master thesis in the field of migration law. 
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It was won by Arend van Rosmalen, whose thesis was entitled ‘Conditional citizenship of the Union?’. In conjunction with this, UCERF organised a symposium on the interaction between migration law, family life and human rights. This examined the extent to which migration law regards family as paramount and upholds the child’s interests in growing up with his or her own parents. Much interesting debate concerning theory and practice, law and politics, and aspirations and reality took place during the afternoon. Photos of this afternoon can be find here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjMuwYbv.

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