Visiting foreign researcher: dr. Brian Sloan (Cambridge)

Dr Brian Sloan from Robinson College, Cambridge visited UCERF for two weeks in August 2016. During his visit, he gave a talk on “Formal and Informal Care”, in which he sought to explore the complex relationship between his early work on “Informal Carers and Private Law” and his current project on “Adult Social Care and Property Rights”.

As well as conducting his own research, Brian had meetings with several Centre members on topics of mutual interest. These included discussions with Prof Wendy Schrama on intergenerational solidarity and the redistribution of property of informal cohabitants; with Drs Susanne Burri and Susanne Heeger-Hertter on work and care; with Dr Marjolein van den Brink on gender identity; with Dr Christina Jeppesen-De Boer on the relationship between public and private support mechanisms; with Evelien Verhagen on matrimonial property law; and with Soraya Bou-Sfia on issues of identity in child law.

Brian very much enjoyed his visit to Utrecht and hopes to keep in touch with UCERF and its members in the future.



‘Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family’ Conference

In July a large group of UCERF researchers visited the ‘Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family’ conference in London, organized by the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice. At this international conference a wide range of family law topics were covered, with many academics and practitioners from around the world attending. The research of UCERF was well-represented at the conference. Multiple UCERF researchers gave a presentation: ‘State Involvement in Religious Upbringing’ (dr. Merel Jonker & dr. Jet Tigchelaar), ‘Marriage and informal cohabitation: towards a care-based system?’ (Prof. Wendy Schrama), ‘Legal Gender Identity and The Law of Parentage’ (dr. Marjolein van den Brink) and ‘What Comes First, Return Proceedings or Conciliation Attempts?’ (dr. Merel Jonker & dr. Christina Jeppesen de Boer).

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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.