International Handbook on Child Participation in Family Law

This topical and timely handbook provides a rich source of information for everyone with an interest in the application of children’s rights in practice.
Wendy Schrama, Marilyn Freeman, Nicola Taylor, Marielle Bruning
European Family Law
book | forthcoming | 1st edition
July 2021 | xxv + 400 pp.


ISBN 9781839700569

Publication date: July 16, 2021


This topical and timely book considers children’s participation rights in the context of family law proceedings, and how their operation can be improved for the benefit of children and family justice systems globally. In doing so, it provides the pedagogical reasoning for child participation, as well as a thorough analysis of the relevant human rights instruments in this area, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This comprehensive book examines the way in which private international law instruments deal with child participation in separation/divorce, parental responsibility and child abduction proceedings. In addition, the book includes individual contributions from renowned family law experts from 17 countries who describe and analyse the local laws and exercise of child participation rights in their own jurisdictions. These insightful texts include the authors’ views on the improvements needed to ensure that child participation rights are fully respected and implemented in the countries under review. A detailed comparative analysis follows which helpfully pinpoints both the key commonalities and differences in these global processes. Finally, the concluding chapter draws together the different perspectives revealed across the handbook, and identifies several key issues requiring further reflection from scholars, policy makers and family justice professionals.

The International Handbook on Child Participation in Family Law is a rich source of information and essential reading for all those working in this important and evolving field.


With contributions by Nicholas Bala (Queen’s University), Felicity Bell (University of New South Wales), Rachel Birnbaum (Western University), Ingrid Boone (KU Leuven), Mariëlle Bruning (Leiden University), Judy Cashmore (University of Sydney), Charlotte Declerck (Hasselt University), Nina Dethloff (University of Bonn), Ester di Napoli (Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta), Linda D. Elrod (Washburn University), Simona Florescu (Leiden University), Marilyn Freeman (University of Westminster), Joe Harman (Federal Circuit Court of Australia), Christina G. Jeppesen de Boer (Utrecht University), Annette Kronborg (Southern University of Denmark), Thalia Kruger (University of Antwerp), Nigel Lowe (Cardiff University), Nataša Lucić (University Josip Juraj Strossmayer), Francesca Maoli (University of Genoa), Charlotte Mol (Utrecht University), Tamar Morag (Hebrew University), Anna Nylund (University of Tromsø), Stephanie Rap (Leiden University), Branka Rešetar (University Josip Juraj Strossmayer), Wendy Schrama (Utrecht University), Daniela Schröder (University of Bonn), Rhona Schuz (Academic College for Law and Science), Julia Sloth-Nielsen (University of the Western Cape), Daisy J.H. Smeets (Leiden University), Nicola Taylor (University of Otago), E. Kay M. Tisdall (University of Edinburgh), Eva Vertommen (KU Leuven) and Ningning Zhao (V & T Law Firm).

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European Family Law

... the European Family Law Series [plays] an important role in informing lawyers across Europe and beyond about developments in other jurisdictions, and in continually assessing the potential for hamonisation in the field.
Brian Sloan in Rabels Zeitschrift 74 (2010)

The European Family Law series is dedicated to the harmonisation and unification of family and succession law in Europe. The series includes comparative legal studies and materials as well as studies on the effects of international and European law making within the national legal systems in Europe.

The series is published under the auspices of the Organising Committee of the Commission on European Family Law:
- Professor Katharina Boele-Woelki (The Netherlands),
- Professor Frédérique Ferrand (France),
- Professor Cristina González Beilfuss (Spain),
- Professor Maarit Jänterä-Jareborg (Sweden),
- Professor Nigel Lowe (United Kingdom),
- Professor Dieter Martiny (Germany) and
- Associate Professor Velina Todorova (Bulgaria).

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