PhD Conferral Natalie Nikolina

On the 23rd of October the PhD defense of Natalie Nikolina took place in the Senaatszaal of the Utrecht University Academiegebouw at 2:30 pm. The dissertation, ‘Divided Parents, Shared Children. Legal aspects of (residential) co-parenting in England, the Netherlands and Belgium’, describes a socio-legal, comparative study into residential co-parenting in the jurisdictions of England, Belgium and the Netherlands. The research forms part of a major study into residential agreements and their effect on children and parents. Her book has been published in the European Family Law series and can be found here.



Symposium on the introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands

The legislative proposal for the introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands has lead to quite some discussions within family law. On the 22nd of May 2015 the symposium ‘Introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands: Comments from abroad, legal practice, politics and academia’ took place in Utrecht organised by UCERF in association with the open access forum Familie & Recht, the notarial course Utrecht and the Notarieel Instituut Groningen. Chaired by Katharina Boele-Woelki, the afternoon was  split into two parts.

The first part of the afternoon had a comparative legal perspective. Prof. Leon Verstappen (RUG) started by presenting the Dutch legislative proposal including his proposals for amendments. The issues raised in legal literature were then discussed from the perspective of three European countries. Prof. Charlotte Declerck (Universiteit Hasselt/Leuven) commented from a Belgian perspective, Rechtsanwalt Wolfgang Eule (Kanzlei Eule & Dr. Tangenberg) from a German perspective and Mia Reich-Sjögren (Lawyer in Göteberg) from a Scandinavian perspective. All three speakers illustrated how in their respective countries the raised issues formed, or totally did not form, a problem.

In the second part of the afternoon there were reactions from legal practice, politics and academia. mr. Foort van Oosten, co-initiator of the legislative proposal and Member of Parliament for the VVD reacted from the political viewpoint. From legal practice, notary mr. Peter Blokland (Daamen de Koort van Tuijl Notarissen) and lawyer mr. Thomas Subleack (Banning Advocaten) spoke about the pros and cons of the legislative proposal.



Comparative African Legal Studies

Katharina Boele-Woelki started a new book series last year with colleagues from South-Africa. The aim of the series is described as follows:
The series Comparative African Legal Studies (CALS) aims to profile research in the fields of children, youth, families, gender, disability, education and socio-economic rights. The focus will be on contemporary issues in African development, with human rights as a backdrop. Although primarily concerned with law, a multidisciplinary approach will be undertaken. 
The first book in the series is written by Maria Usang Assim (Understanding Kinship Care of Children in Africa). She visited UCERF for three months in 2013. The series is published at Eleven Publishing. You can purchase the book series here.

d679924c-61af-4dc0-8a9a-a73244097ffdFrom left to right: Prof. Benyam Mezmur (African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Professor University of the Western Cape); Julia Sloth-Nielsen (African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Professor University of Western Cape & University of Leiden); Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa (Professor University of Cape Town); Katharina Boele-Woelki (Professor Utrecht University & University of the Western Cape).



Report for the European Parliament on the implementation of Directive 2006/54/EC

Dr. Susanne Burri was commissioned by the European Parliament to write a report on the implementation of the so-called Recast Directive (Directive 2006/54/EC). In the report she discusses legal aspects of the implementation, in particularly regarding direct and indirect discrimination. On the 31st of March Susanne Burri presented the most important recommendations from the report to the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Read her report here.



Invitation symposium: ‘Invoering beperkte huwelijksgoederengemeenschap in Nederland’

The symposium ‘Invoering beperkte huwelijksgoederengemeenschap in Nederland: Commentaren vanuit het buitenland, praktijk, politiek en wetenschap’ (Introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands: Comments from abroad, practice, politics and academia) will take place on the 22nd of May 2015.

The publication of the legislative proposal for the introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands (no. 33 987) has lead to many academic discussions. From a comparative law perspective the symposium will discuss the difficulties that have been signaled in legal academic literature. Speakers from Germany, Belgium and Sweden/Norway will shed some light on the signaled difficulties. Speakers from legal practice and academia will give there reactions to this.

This symposium will mostly be in Dutch and is meant for persons from legal practice, such as lawyers, notaries and the judiciary.

The symposium, organised by the open access forum Familie & Recht, UCERF, the notariële opleiding Utrecht and the Notarial Institute Groningen, will take place on the 22nd of May 2015 from 13.00-17.00 in the Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht. For the official invitation click here. Registration is possible by sending the form to be found here.