Presentation in Krakow on national divorce law in the EU

On the 16th of June 2014, UCERF researcher Christina G. Jeppesen de Boer gave a presentation in Krakow on national divorce law in the EU. This seminar, entitled ‘EU cross-border divorce proceedings: fostering mutual understanding and enhanced cooperation’,  was organised by the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution, and was facilitated by the EU’s Civil Justice programme. The participants were mainly European judges and lawyers.



Presentations celebrating 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

This year, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will be celebrated. In light of this, the department chair of Child Protection at Utrecht University (UU) proposed the initiative of holding several presentations concerning the CRC at various locations in the Netherlands. Stephanie Rap (recently PhD graduated, UU), Kristien Hepping (PhD researcher, UU) and Joost Huijer (PhD researcher, UCERF, UU) have each discussed a certain key provision of the CRC. On Friday 6th of June, a symposium concerning the role of the CRC with regard to the participation of minors in the judicial system, parental responsibility, and child protection took place in the Raadszaal (Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht) from 14.00 till 17.00. During this event, the volunteers from the Children and Young Persons Law Centre Utrecht were also in attendence, and presented themselves, their activities, and the specific questions and complaints of the children and parents that they deal with.

You can find the invitation here (only in Dutch):  Uitnodiging 25 jaar IVRK.



Visiting lecturers in Brno

In April, three UCERF researches delivered a series of lectures to students, PhD candidates and staff of the faculty of law of the Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic. The classes took place as part of a two-year network project on family law that is being conducted by Brno’s faculty of law in 2013 and 2014.
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The project is financed by the EU (European Social Fund through Operational Programme Education for Development), within the programme ‘Law into Practise, Practise into Law – Partnership for Research and Business’. Wibo van Rossum firstly gave three presentations, concerning legal culture, ‘legal transplants’ (legal concepts that are transplanted from one legal system to another), and the harmonization of (EU) law. Two weeks later, Marjolein van den Brink and Merel Jonker travelled to Brno and delivered three successive lectures regarding the right to marry, ‘family’ as a legal concept, and social and legal parenthood from a human rights and Dutch perspective. The lectures gave rise to a lively discussion in which, thanks to the attendance of exchange students, the comparison of national rules and practices was not limited to the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, but also included reference to, for example, Turkey.

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LUCAS conference in Leiden

On 16th of May, UCERF researchers Marjolein van den Brink and Jet Tigchelaar presented a paper entitled ‘The Gendered Person in Law’ during a of three-day interdisciplinary congress organised by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts and Humanities in Society’ (LUCAS). This annual congress is characterised by a large variety of activities and approaches. This year’s focus was ‘Legal Bodies (Corpus / Persona / Communitas): Personhood in Law, Literature and the Arts’. Van den Brink and Tigchelaar presented, from a human rights perspective, recent family law developments in the Netherlands: namely, the judicial parenthood of lesbian mothers, and the removal of the requirement for transsexuals to be sterilised.



Workshop ‘Cultural expertise in judicial settings’ in Bruxelles

On the 9th of May, Wibo van Rossum participated in a workshop concerning ‘Cultural expertise in judicial setting’ at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Wibo held one of the four presentations, entitled ‘Another way to engage in “dialogue”? Intercultural training program for judges in the Netherlands’. He paid particular attention to the impact of stereotypes concerning the family relations of minorities in judicial decision making.