International Family Law (M3123)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.



100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.