Visiting foreign researcher: Ivna Godžirov (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

My name is Ivna Godžirov. I am a PhD cIvnaandidate at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in the field of private and public international law. Apart from my PhD studies, I work full-time as a notary candidate in Croatia, mostly focused on family property matters and succession planning.

As a guest researcher under the Erasmus+ internship programme, I am staying at the UCERF for a period of three months working on my PhD research proposal on private international law aspects of successions and family property regimes.



2nd International RETHINKIN. expert meeting in Utrecht

On Tuesday the 13th of September the second workshop of the 2nd International RETHINKIN. expert meeting is taking place in Utrecht. To see the programme click here.



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.