International Family Law

Module code: M3123
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

This module will consider the European and International Law in specific areas of family law that have cross-border implications, such as divorce, maintenance, child abduction, intercountry adoption and surrogacy.

The module will allow you to reflect upon the effectiveness of attempts at harmonising law and legal regulation across International or European boundaries and the mechanisms for recognition and enforcement in the second state.

It will also consider the role of domestic and international courts in areas of family law in which harmonisation has been attempted or is being sought.


Module learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse the adequacy of the EU harmonised rules in the area of family law
  • Understand and offer critical reflections on the rules created by the Hague Conference on Private International law in the area of family law
  • Demonstrate analysis and problem solving skills in applying the existing law to factual scenarios
  • Carry out independent study and research using a range of materials