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Bachelor 2020/2021

International Family Law

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Private Law)
Area of studies: Law
When: 3 year, 4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Olga Khazova
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Family law, once a stable area, has turned into a rapidly developing and thus becoming one of the most interesting and dynamic areas of law. To a significant extent it is connected with the shift in family forms we observed during recent time, and developments in reproductive medicine that allowed, in particular, to split genetic and social parentage. Along with these serious challenges to traditional family law ideas, globalization and migration processes, in turn, have brought another set of challenges for those working in family law at both national and international levels. Cross-border family disputes are increasingly becoming an every-day reality for practicing lawyers, not to mention the topics for numerous academic legal studies. Therefore, to be a specialist in this field nowadays it is not enough just to know one’s own national family law. The scales of changes make specialists in family law, both academics and practitioners, pay substantial attention to foreign legal regulation and international family law instruments.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary family law frameworks, identify the most important trends in development of national and international family law, and explain the key provisions of the main international instruments that form the standards of family and child law. Especial attention is paid to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Hague Children’s Conventions, as well as some EU regulations and other international instruments related to family law.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students must gain knowledge on: • the main international family law standards under the UNCRC, ECHR and the Hague Children’s Conventions; • the main trends in development of national and international family law; • the main approaches to drafting family law agreements with foreign element.
  • Skills and abilities: • skills to use specific international family law terms and to apply and interpret the international instruments in the family law area; • practical abilities to research and conduct analysis of the international instruments (such as UNCRC, ECHR, the HCCH Conventions and EU regulations) and academic works in the area of international family law;
  • Students should gain the following competences: • ability to work with information (search, evaluate, use information, necessary for fulfilment of academic and professional tasks, from various sources, including application of the systematic approach); • ability to carry out professional activities in the international environment; • ability to search, analyse, and work with legally relevant information by using the juridical, comparative and other specific methods,
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The ‘Internationalization’ of family law. Marriage and extra-marital cohabitation in comparative and cross-border contexts
    The subject-matter of the course and the main sources of International Family Law. The ‘Internationalization’ of family law. What is the ‘family’: national approaches and international instruments. Conclusion of marriage: national and international regulatory frameworks. Extra-marital cohabitation, registered partnership and other 'new’ family forms. Right to marry – jurisprudence of the ECHR.
  • Divorce in comparative and cross-border contexts
    Evolution of divorce law: from the ‘fault-based’ divorce to divorce ‘by consent’. Legal separation. Jurisdiction for divorce. Right to divorce – jurisprudence of the ECHR.
  • Property relations between spouses: a comparative overview of national regulation
    The main property regimes/systems: full community, community of acquisitions, deferred community, separation of property. Marriage contract; pre-/postnuptial agreements. Duty to inform and full disclosure.
  • Divorce and division of property in a cross-border context
    Divorce/separation and division of matrimonial assets. Divorce and maintenance between the former spouses. Division of property and trusts. Property settlement agreements.
  • Child and the Family
    Parentage issues in the cross-border context. Who is the ‘parent’? International surrogacy arrangements (ISAs): the key legal problems. Parental responsibility and parental custody: national and international regulation. The status of a child in the family. The main principles and provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child related to family issues. The best interests of the child – the key concept of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Disputes over children: cross-border aspects
    The Hague Children’s Conventions: the key concepts and main regulatory approaches. Parental agreements: attempts of the Hague Conference on Private International Law to find a solution. Cross-border relocation disputes.
  • Child removal from the family. Inter-country adoption
    Child removal from the family: the key principles of the jurisprudence of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the European Court on Human Rights. Inter-country adoption: recent development.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance, active participation and online-discussion
  • non-blocking Test
  • non-blocking Written exam
    Экзамен проводится в письменной форме в Zoom. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: общаться (в социальных сетях, с людьми в комнате), списывать. Во время экзамена студентам разрешено: пользоваться собственными конспектами.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * Attendance, active participation and online-discussion + 0.2 * Test + 0.6 * Written exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Buck, T. (2014). International Child Law (Vol. 3rd ed). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=800772
  • Scherpe, J. M. (2016). European Family Law : Family Law in a European Perspective. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1164420
  • Wadlington, W., O’Brien, R. C., & Wilson, R. F. (2018). Family Law in Perspective (Vol. Fourth edition). St. Paul, MN: Foundation Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1815470

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Atkin, B. (2019). Family Law —— Solidarity or Disarray? Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 50(2), 369–385. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=139246174
  • Bumbaca, V. (2018). Habitual residence in International family law. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.10D0389B
  • FRA — European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. (2015). Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child. https://doi.org/10.2811/24
  • Васильевна, А. Д., & Владимировна, Д. Н. (2019). Семейно-правовая ответственность как самостоятельный вид юридической ответственности. Concept / Koncept, (3), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.24411/2304-120X-2019-13014
  • Кateryna Bondareva. (2018). Current Issues on the International Family Law. Міжнародні Відносини: Теоретико-Практичні Аспекти, (2), 148. https://doi.org/10.31866/2616-745x.2.2018.133344
  • Семейное право : учебник / Б.М. Гонгало, П.В. Крашенинников, Л.Ю. Михеева, О.А. Рузакова ; под ред. П.В. Крашенинникова. — 4-е изд., перераб. и доп. — Москва : Статут, 2019. — 318с. - ISBN 978-5-907139-04-6. - Режим доступа: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1053996 - Текст : электронный. - URL: http://znanium.com/catalog/product/1053996