Comparative Family Law

LAW 6930

An exploration of the similarities and differences in family laws and policies across various national legal systems. We will look at issues such as marriage and divorce, custody of children, adoption and procreation, child and family support policies. We will focus primarily on comparing norms that have developed in the US with those of the countries of the European Union, but will also draw comparisons with child and family law systems in other parts of the world that follow quite different models. We will look as well at selected issues of transnational law, involving families and children with connections to multiple jurisdictions. And we will explore selected international laws and treaties relating to families and children. Family Law or Perspectives on the Family is a prerequisite. There will be a take home exam.


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