John Eekelaar, FBA, is a ‘giant of family law’, whose unrivalled contribution to the entire breadth of family law scholarship and research has brought many doctrinal, theoretical, empirical and contextual insights to the study of family law and family justice. His world-wide reputation and influence in the field of family law, and the huge body of literature his career of more than 50 years has produced, are celebrated in this collection of essays written by senior judges and fellow academics. The 66 contributions cover a wide range of issues in family law, child law and family justice. Many draw their inspiration from Eekelaar’s sociolegal and social policy focus, the groundbreaking, keystone or prescient nature of his analyses, or the various lenses through which he has sought to refract the subject matter of family law. Throughout the book the admiration for Eekelaar and the high esteem in which he is held is palpable. The result is a collection of insightful critical engagements with family law and family justice, inspired by Eekelaar’s work, which bear testament to the vast impact of Eekelaar’s ideas and to his kindness and humanity.
With contributions by Farrah Ahmed, Prem Aleema, Bill Atkin, Martha Bailey, Andrew Bainham, Fareda Banda, Anne Barlow, Benoit Bastard, Gillian Black, Katharina Boele-Woelki, Jo Bridgeman, Thérèse Callus, Monica Campo, Nwudego Nkemakonam Chinwuba, Richard Chisholm, Shazia Choudhry, Aoife Daly, Baroness Deech of Cumnor, Robert Dingwall, Gillian Douglas, Carmen Draghici, Nicolás Espejo-Yaksic, Belinda Fehlberg, Claire Fenton-Glynn, Marsha Garrison, Rob George, Stephen Gilmore, Baroness Hale of Richmond, John Haskey, Andy Hayward, Mark Henaghan, Jonathan Herring, Kathryn Hollingsworth, Emily Jackson, Balawyn Jones, Sanford N. Katz, Olga A. Khazova, Ursula Kilkelly, Ghena Krayem, Craig Lind, Nigel Lowe, Mavis Maclean, Judith Masson, Satoshi Minamikata, Sir Philip Moor, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, Jamil Ddamulira Mujuzi, Sir James Munby, Kristin Natalier, Mariela Neagu, Thandabantu Nhlapo, J. Thomas Oldham, Conor O’Mahony, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Patrick Parkinson, Teresa Picontó Novales, Christine Piper, Rebecca Probert, Jordi Ribot Igualada, Encarnación Roca Trías, Sir Ernest Ryder, Kirsten Scheiwe, Jens M. Scherpe, Wendy Schrama, Lei Shi, Brian Sloan, Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Bruce M. Smyth, Helen Stalford, Rachel Taylor, Jet Tigchelaar, Sir Mathew Thorpe, John Tobin, Velina Todorova, Sarah Trotter, Nick Wikeley and Harry Willekens.
JENS M. SCHERPE is Professor of Comparative Law at Aalborg University. Until August 2022, he was Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Cambridge and the Director of Cambridge Family Law. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and the Editor of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (IJLPF). His publications include major comparative studies on Marital Agreements and Private Autonomy in Comparative Perspective (2012), The Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons (2015), The Future of Registered Partnerships – Family Recognition Beyond Marriage? (2017, with Andy Hayward), The Legal Status of Intersex Persons (with Anatol Dutta and Tobias Helms, 2018) and Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy (with Claire Fenton-Glynn and Terry Kaan, 2019). In 2016 he also edited a four-volume book set on European Family Law, including a monograph on The Present and Future of European Family Law.
STEPHEN GILMORE is Professor of Family Law at King’s College London. He is the co-author of Children: The Modern Law (4th edn, 2013), five editions of Hayes and Williams' Family Law (now in its 7th edn, 2020) and Great Debates in Family Law (2012 and 2015). He is the Editor of Parental Rights and Responsibilities (2017), Co-Editor of Re-writing Children's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice (2017), Landmark Cases in Family Law (2011) and Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility (2009). Stephen is also Joint Editor of Child and Family Law Quarterly and Advisory Editor of Family Court Reports.
Memoir: What I Have Tried to Do (p. 1)