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12-09-'14

Symposium ‘Parenthood after divorce’

On Thursday the 4th of September the symposium ‘Parenthood after divorce’ took place, organized by UCERF, the department of sociology of Utrecht University and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). At the symposium the initial results of the research project ‘Divorced parents, shared children? An integrated legal and sociological perspective on the arrangements concerning the residence of children after divorce and their consequences for the welfare of children’ were presented.  The relevance of the subject was confirmed by the great interest in the symposium – the maximum capacity of 125 participants was reached, most of whom were legal practitioners.
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UCERF was represented by Katharina Boele-Woelki in her position as Chairman and Natalie Nikolina who presented the preliminary results of her PhD thesis, ‘Divided Parents, Shared Children; legal aspects of residential co-parenting’. Sociological data about divorce in the Netherlands, parenting plans, accommodation arrangements and the welfare of children and parents was also presented. The interesting results of the various studies led to lively discussions with those present.

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12-09-'14

Katharina Boele-Woelki elected as president of the Académie international de droit comparé

During the 19th World Conference of Comparative Law that took place at the end of June this year in Vienna, Katharina Boele-Woelki was elected president by the members of the Académie international de droit compare. In that capacity she holds the responsibility for the world conferences that are held every four years – the next conference will take place in 2018 in Fukuoka, Japan – as well as the regional conferences that take place during the intervening period every four years – the next conference will take place in 2016 in Montevideo. Previously, she organized the 2006 World Conference in Utrecht together with the Dutch Association for Comparative Law.

 
 

12-09-'14

Book: Family Law and Culture in Europe: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities

In July 2014 the book Family Law and Culture in Europe: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities was published as the 35th volume of the European Family Law series. The book contains twenty-five contributions that were presented last year during the 5th CEFL. The contributions discuss the new Principles of European Family Law, the proposed EU private international law regulations for international spouses and registered partners and their property relations, laws which legislate non-formalized relationships and the new developments regarding parentage in all its forms.

K. Boele-Woelki, N. Dethloff & W. Gephart (ed.), Family  Law and Culture in Europe: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities (series European Family Law, volume 35), Antwerpen: Intersentia 2014, ISBN 978-1-78068-159-7. The book can be purchased on intersentia.be, click here for the link.

 
 

25-08-'14

Introduction of a new foreign researcher: Philipp Reuß (München)

Philipp Reuß is a research assistant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München. In light of the Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis, he is working on his post doc at Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF) under supervision of prof. dr. Katharina Boele-Woelki. Within the field of family law his research is focused on kinship. Throughout the three months in Utrecht, Philipp will research the various forms of parentage, including both biological and legal parenthood, in the Dutch legal system.

 
 

11-07-'14

Symposium ‘Parenthood after divorce’

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to invite you to the symposium ‘Parenthood after divorce’ on September 4th, 2014.

During this symposium, we will present the first set of results from our current research concerning divorced families in the Netherlands. This symposium is particularly aimed at professionals (e.g. lawyers, notaries, judicial officials, child care professionals). You can read the official invitation and the itinerary here (only in Dutch).  
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The symposium is organised by the Utrecht University (in particular, the department of Sociology and the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF)), in cooperation with the Central Agency for Statistics (CBS) and the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Dutch Association of Lawyers is offering three points to lawyers who attend this symposium. Since places are limited, it is necessary to subscribe yourself through this form: registration form. Your registration will be official upon payment of the 15 euro fee. You can transfer this amount to account (IBAN) NL42ABNA0555074447, stating Symposium + your first and family name + SW.000174.1. The deadline for registration is 11th of July 2014. We look forward to seeing you on 4th September!

Kind regards,

Dr. Anne-Rigt Poortman (Sociology, Utrecht University),
Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki (Law,  Utrecht University /UCERF)
Dr. Ruben van Gaalen (Central Agency for Statistics)

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