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Family Law and Policy

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

Given the numerous changes being experienced in the world of family law and policy, this stream welcomes papers which take a socio-legal approach to any issues within this field and which are not more suited to the new Children’s Rights stream.

Possible themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Family Law after the Children and Families Act 2014
- Online family law and justice
- Self-represented litigants in the family courts
- Money, property and relationships in a post-legal aid world
- New discourses on Family Dispute Resolution
- Conceptions of Justice in the new-look Family Justice System
- Towards a better child protection system?
- Family violence and coercive control
- Regulating non-traditional families and relationships
- International and comparative perspectives on Family Law
- Autonomy, equality and gender in family law regulation

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday; Session 4: Ramphal Room 1.15

Session Title: Some theoretical and international perspectives on family law issues

Papers: Relational autonomy and spousal agreements in the Supreme Court of Canada: How much difference does a theory make? - Lucy-Ann Buckley

High-conflict Post Separation Disputes Involving Family Violence in a Neoliberal Context - British Columbia, - Canada Rachel Treloar

Equal property rights for women: ethnographic reflexions on the dynamics of autonomy within the Indian joint family. - Karine Bates

Wednesday; Session 5: Ramphal Room 1.15

Session Title: Developing responses to non-traditional family life

Papers: The Importance of ‘Biological Reality’: Constructions of Parenthood in Non-Traditional Families - Alan Brown.

Mandatory sperm-donor registry: instrumental, symbolic or something in between? - Helen Weyers.

“There is a danger, isn’t there, that things are just going to be copied from one to the other?”: discourses of sameness and difference between civil partnership and marriage - Charlotte Bendall.

Wednesday; Session 6: Ramphal Room 1.15

Session Title: New-style challenges within family justice

Papers: Multi-modal discourse analysis of the financial order proceedings from the perspective of litigants in person - Tatiana Tkacukova.

‘The Challenges of the Unrecognised: An analysis of Muslim Marriage recognition in England and Wales’ - Leyla Jackson and Kathryn O'Sullivan.

The role and construction of ‘the other side’ in family dispute resolution - Anne Barlow

Thursday; Session 7: Ramphal Room 1.13

Session Title: Children’s perspectives in the brave new world of family justice

Papers: Mediating children cases: what part is played in the process by parental proposals, by the voice of the child, and by giving paramount consideration to the welfare of the child as set out in the Children Act 1989? - Mavis Maclean

How do children think about ‘home’ after parental separation? - Belinda Fehlberg and Kristin Natalier.

Tides of change and choppy waters: Legal evaluations of local authority social workers’ evidence in care proceedings and perceptions of expertise - Ann Potter.

Thursday; Session 8: Ramphal Room 1.13

Session Title: Family Law and Policymaking

Papers: Lessons from a Letter to a Child: Family Law and Policy during the First Thatcher Government - Andrew Gilbert

Marital Property Agreements and Public Policy: A Fragmented Evolution - Marie Parker