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The Present and Future of European Family Law

Jens M. Scherpe, University Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, UK
The Present and Future of European Family Law explores the essence of European family law – and what its future may be. It compares and analyses existing laws and court decisions, identifies trends in legislation and jurisprudence, and also forecasts (and in some cases proposes) future developments. It establishes that while there is, at present, no comprehensive European family law, elements of an ‘institutional European family law’ have been created through decisions by the European Court on Human Rights and by the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as other EU instruments. At the same time an ‘organic European family law’ is beginning to emerge. The laws in many European jurisdictions have developed similarly and have ‘grown together’, not only as a result of the aforementioned institutional pressures, but also as a result of societal developments, and comparable reactions to medical and societal advances and changes. Hence there already is a body of institutional and organic European family law, and it will continue to grow.
Extent: 192 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 306 1
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The Present and Future of European Family Law explores the essence of European family law – and what its future may be. It compares and analyses existing laws and court decisions, identifies trends in legislation and jurisprudence, and also forecasts (and in some cases proposes) future developments. It establishes that while there is, at present, no comprehensive European family law, elements of an ‘institutional European family law’ have been created through decisions by the European Court on Human Rights and by the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as other EU instruments. At the same time an ‘organic European family law’ is beginning to emerge. The laws in many European jurisdictions have developed similarly and have ‘grown together’, not only as a result of the aforementioned institutional pressures, but also as a result of societal developments, and comparable reactions to medical and societal advances and changes. Hence there already is a body of institutional and organic European family law, and it will continue to grow.

This book, and the others in the set, will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in family law. It will be of particular use to students and scholars of comparative and international family law, as well as family law practitioners.
‘The four volumes that make up this monumental book project on European Family Law represent the insight and experience of many fine family law scholars. The volumes examine themes, individual countries, and distinct pan-European institutions and developments. Jens Scherpe’s tour de force is to pull all this together in the final remarkable volume. For a non-European like me, it is fascinating to read about harmonisation and diversity, privacy and rights, pluralism and protection. This is a truly wonderful achievement.’
– Bill Atkin, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

‘As Britain’s leading comparative Family Law scholar, Jens Scherpe demonstrates his considerable knowledge and expertise in this, the final book, in the series on European Family Law. Drawing on the three earlier works in the series (of which he is the editor) Scherpe starts by convincingly arguing that there is such a thing as European Family Law and then examines the concept from different perspectives, namely, institutional and organic, and horizontal, vertical and individual European Family Law. He ends by speculating about future developments. Written in an easy-to-read yet not unchallenging style The Present and Future of European Family Law is a “must read” for all those interested in Family Law particularly as the subject can no longer be sensibly studied purely from a domestic angle.’
– N.V. Lowe, Cardiff University, UK
Contents: 1. Introduction – Is there a European Family Law? 2. Institutional European Family Law 3. Organic European Family Law 4. The Future of European Family Law? Bibliography Index