LAW37520 International Family Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is concerned with family disputes transcending national borders. Classes will explore the cross-border recognition of adoption, surrogacy, marriage and divorce; the regulation of international parental responsibility disputes and the return of abducted children; and the determination of financial support obligations across borders.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing the module, students should be able to:
- understand the particular regulatory challenges arising from cross-border family relationships;
- explain and critically assess the solutions adopted in EU and international instruments;
- recognise the human rights implications of such measures;
- apply the relevant principles of law to practical fact situations;
- carry out independent research in the field of international family law.

Indicative Module Content:

The module will examine family relationships and obligations from a private international law perspective, with a particular focus on relevant EU Regulations (eg the Brussels II bis, Rome III and Maintenance Regulations) and on the initiatives of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (eg the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, the Hague Child Abduction Convention).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; enquiry & problem-based learning; debates; case-based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Problem-based assignment (2000 words) Week 11 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Class attendance and participation in class discussion (based on assigned reading). Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay (2000 words) Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive generalised feedback (via Brightspace) on their assignment and essay. Students will be given an opportunity for further (individual) feedback on their assignment and essay following the release of generalised group feedback. Students will also receive informal feedback during the in-class discussions.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 11:00 - 12:50