ISFL WORLD CONFERENCE 2017

ISFL WORLD CONFERENCE 2017

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TIME SCHEDULE

 

16 ISFL World Congress

Family Law and Family Realities

25 – 29 July 2017

Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam

Tuesday 25 July

11.00-13.30 ISFL Executive Council meeting

12.30 Lunch Executive Council served during the meeting

12.00-16.00 Registration

13.00-14.00 Coffee/tea

14.00-16.00 Plenary opening (Aula)

  1. Welcome address by prof. Vinod Subramaniam, Rector Magnificus of the VU University Amsterdam
  2. Welcome address by Prof. Masha Antokolskaia VU University Amsterdam, the convenor
  3. Welcome address by Prof. Marsha Garrison the President of the ISFL
  4. Prof. Mavis Maclean, Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law and St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, UK, ‘Addressing the gap between family law, family justice and family realities in England as access to family lawyers decreases’
  5. Dr. Velina Todorova, Plovdiv University Bulgaria, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Guardianship for Children, ‘Challenges in the Context of Migration’

16.00 – 18.00 Reception Offered by The Royal Dutch Notarial Association (KNB) (Main Building VU, next to the Aula).

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Wednesday 26 July

Do family laws adequately reflect the realities of traditional families?

 

09.00-10.00        Registration

09.00-10.00        Coffee/tea

        1. Plenary session (Aula)
  1. Baroness Rith Deech, Crossbench peer in the House of Lords, UK, ‘Reality, Reform and Resistance’
  2. Dr. Nafiye Yücedağ Göztepe, İstanbul University, Turkey, ‘Is Spousal Maintenance Obsolete? A Comparison Between Turkish And Swiss Laws ‘
  3. Prof. Wendy Schrama Utrecht University, The Netherlands, ‘Taking better care of financial interest of children’
  4. Prof. Patrick Parkinson, University of Sydney, Australia, ‘When children love both parents – the dilemma for modern family laws’
  5. Prof. Ayako Harada, Nagoya University Japan, ‘Family Reorganization in the Japanese Family Conciliation System: Resolving Divorce Disputes involving Minor Children’
  6. Prof. Kirsten Scheiwe, Universität Hildesheim, ‘Legal rules on the exercise of joint parental responsibility – jointly or individually? A comparative approach to the law and its impact on bargaining power’
  7. Discussion

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Parallel workshops addressing the following issues:

  • How do the rules of marriage law, marriage ideology and actual marriage practices correlate?
  • Are legal rules on divorce adequate for dealing with high-conflict divorces?
  • Do legal rules adequately reflect the de facto financial arrangements of the (ex)spouses?
  • Is post-divorce spousal maintenance obsolete?
  • Are legal rules on parental responsibility, child-residence and contact are adequate for dealing with the challenges of post-divorce parenting
  • Are current legal rules adequate for dealing with the challenges of child relocation and parental abduction?
  • Do legal rules on child support adequately reflect the needs of the children and the financial situations of the parents?

15.30-16.00 Coffee/tea

16.00-17.30 Parallel workshops addressing the following issues:

  • How do the rules of marriage law, marriage ideology and actual marriage practices correlate?
  • Are legal rules on divorce adequate for dealing with high-conflict divorces?
  • Do legal rules adequately reflect the de facto financial arrangements of the (ex)spouses?
  • Is post-divorce spousal maintenance obsolete?
  • Are legal rules on parental responsibility, child-residence and contact are adequate for dealing with the challenges of post-divorce parenting
  • Are current legal rules adequate for dealing with the challenges of child relocation and parental abduction?
  • Do legal rules on child support adequately reflect the needs of the children and the financial situations of the parents?

 

Thursday 27 July

Do family laws adequately reflect the realities of non-traditional families? (e.g. unmarried couples; same-sex couples; families created through assisted reproductive technologies, planned lesbian parentage and surrogate-mother families; step-parent families)

09.30-10.00 Coffee/tea

10.00-12.30 Plenary session (Aula)

  1. Prof. Anne Barlow, professor of Family Law and Policy at the University of Exeter, UK, ‘Do family law adequately reflect the realities of non-traditional families? The case of cohabitation and the common law marriage myth in different parts of the UK’
  2. Prof. Lynn D. Wardle, Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University , US, ‘ Trends, Values, and Changes in Families and Family Law in the United States of America: Towards Realism, Idealism or Confusion?’
  3. Prof. Hrefna Friðriksdóttir, University of Iceland, ‘Surrogacy in the Nordic countries’
  4. Dr. Jens M. Scherpe, University of Cambridge and University of Hong Kong, UK, ‘Multiple parenthoods: Breaking the existing paradigms of parent-child relationships’
  5. Hannetie Kiyono Koyama Sato, Peixoto e Cury Advogados, Brasil, ‘Legal Protection for Parallel and Polyamorous Family: A long way to go’
  6. Dr. Piotr Fiedorczyk, University of Bialystok, Poland, ‘Same sex family realities in Poland – the present state and the future’
  7. Discussion

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Parallel workshops addressing the following issues:

  • Do legal rules regulating the legal status of the relationships of cohabiting partners adequately reflect the realities of their relationship?
  • Should the law recognize polyamory relationships?
  • Do legal rules regulating the legal status of the same-sex couples adequately reflect the realities of their relationship?
  • Do legal rules regulating financial matters adequately reflect the de facto financial arrangements of the non-traditional (ex)partners?
  • Do legal rules regulating inheritance matters adequately reflect the de needs of the non-traditional families?
  • Do legal rules governing the parental status (legal parentage; parental responsibilities) of legal/biological/surrogate and social parents correspond with their de facto roles in the child’s life?

15.30-16.00 Coffee/tea

17.30 – 19.00 Boat trip on the Amsterdam canals

 

Friday 28 July

09.30-10.00 Coffee/tea

10.00-12.30 Plenary session part 1 (Aula) Does child law adequately reflect the reality of children’s evolving position within the family and society?

  1. Margaret F. Brinig, Fritz Duda family professor of law Notre Dame Law School, VS, ‘Racial and Gender Justice in the Child Welfare and Child Support Systems’
  2. Dr. Olga Khazova, senior research fellow at the Institute of State & Law within Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, ‘Child and the Family’
  3. Ronelle Prinsloo, South Africa, ‘Legal recognition of child-headed households’
  4. Discussion

Plenary session part 2 (Aula) Do family laws reflect the realities of families with elderly and/or disabled family members?

  1. Adrian D. Ward, consultant at TC Young solicitors LLP, reporter to the Council of Europe on Adult Guardianship, Glasgow, Scotland
  2. Prof. Ursula Basset professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica and Universidad Austral, Argentina, ‘With a higher life expectation, what changes should we expect in family law?’
  3. Prof. Hugues Fulchiron, professor of private law at de l’université Lyon III Jean Moulin, Directeur du Centre de droit de la famille, France, ‘L’accompagnement des personnes majeures vulnérables: une nécessité juridique et une exigence éthique’
  4. Discussion

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 General meeting ISFL Members (Aula)

14.00-15.30 Parallel workshops, addressing the following issues:

Does child law adequately reflect the reality of children’s evolving position within the family and society?

  • Do legal rules on child protection adequately accommodate the needs of vulnerable children?
  • Do legal rules of juvenile criminal law adequately accommodate the needs of vulnerable children?
  • Do legal rules governing the rights of the child adequately reflect the changing status of children within the family?
  • Are legal rules governing adoption adequate for dealing with the current challenges of the intercounty and domestic adoption? Do legal rules adequately reflect de facto care arrangements?

Do family laws reflect the realities of families with elderly and/or disabled family members?

  • Do traditional instruments aimed at protecting persons not able to take care of their own affairs meet the needs for tailor-made protection and empowerment of elderly and disabled persons?
  • Is there a role for new and creative instruments such (e.g., continuous or durable powers of attorney, health care proxies). Going forward, how can we achieve a better fit between family law and family realities?
  • Do legal rules adequately reflect de facto care arrangements?
  • Do laws on maintenance and support adequately reflect the de facto financial care provided by family members?

15.30-16.00 Coffee/tea

16.00-17.30 Parallel workshops

Does child law adequately reflect the reality of children’s evolving position within the family and society?

  • Do legal rules on child protection adequately accommodate the needs of vulnerable children?
  • Do legal rules of juvenile criminal law adequately accommodate the needs of vulnerable children?
  • Do legal rules governing the rights of the child adequately reflect the changing status of children within the family?
  • Are legal rules governing adoption adequate for dealing with the current challenges of the intercounty and domestic adoption?

Do family laws reflect the realities of families with elderly and/or disabled family members?

  • Do traditional instruments aimed at protecting persons not able to take care of their own affairs meet the needs for tailor-made protection and empowerment of elderly and disabled persons?
  • Is there a role for new and creative instruments such (e.g., continuous or durable powers of attorney, health care proxies).Going forward, how can we achieve a better fit between family law and family realities?
  • Do legal rules adequately reflect de facto care arrangements?
  • Do laws on maintenance and support adequately reflect the de facto financial care provided by family members?

18.30 Conference Dinner at Restaurant Lieve

 

Saturday 29 July

09.30-10.00 Coffee/tea

10.00-11.20 Parallel workshops addressing various issues:

11.30-13.00 Plenary closing (Aula) General trends in the development of family Law. Towards interdisciplinary cooperation in family law

  1. Prof. Katharina Boele-Woelki, Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, ‘What family law for Europe?’
  2. Prof. Lucinda Fergusson, University of Oxford, UK, ‘Beyond the Juxtaposition of Family Law and Family Life
  3. Prof. Maria Donata Panforti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, ‘The role of statistics in family law and research suggested’
  4. Discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 ISFL Executive Council meeting