European Family Law

Edited by Jens M. Scherpe, University Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, UK

This definitive work, published in four volumes, maps the emerging European family law.

The chapters draw on a wide range of topics, such as: marriage, divorce, cohabitation, same-sex relationships, the financial consequence of divorce, adoption, parentage and surrogacy, parental responsibility, the child’s welfare, and law concerning older people. Through its stimulating comparative analysis and comprehensive coverage of the topic, this set of books is intended to serve as a major resource for all scholars, practitioners and students interested in family law.

Volume I: The Impact of Institutions and Organisations on European Family Law
Volume II: The Changing Concept of ‘Family’ and Challenges for Domestic Family Law
Volume III: Family Law in a European Perspective
Volume IV: The Present and Future of European Family Law

‘The four volumes that make up this monumental project 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

‘The prestigious publisher Edward Elgar has managed to pull off a noteworthy coup with this prestigious publication by publishing the four-volume set under the umbrella title European Family Law comprising three edited books by Scherpe on well-defined sub-disciplines of family law and one monograph by Scherpe himself. . . This set of books 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 to family law practitioners.’
– Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg (TSAR)

‘This collection is remarkable for its organisation and presentation of a mass of complex material (including recommendations for further reading) which will not only inform, but stimulate those interested in the development of family law in a multi-national context. It must form an essential part of any library covering modern family law. In providing this, the editor and the team of contributors have done a great service. The frameworks (the EU, the Council of Europe) are complicated and in some respects unique and generate their own problems, and attempts to solve them. Questions about their nature and future, including the place of European family law in the global community, lurk in the shadows.’
– The International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

‘Each volume proceeds in a logical manner and will serve as a useful source of reference both in relation to substantive areas of family law and the approaches of different jurisdictions. More than this, it raises important questions about future legal developments in this rapidly evolving area while also providing an invaluable and extensively referenced resource for students and researchers alike.’
– European Law Review

‘This superbly crafted collection provides a valuable insight into European family law which should prove useful and accessible to politicians and law makers, academics and legal practitioners and a worthy addition to the family law bookshelf.’
– International Family Law Journal

2016 1,408 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 298 9 £539.10 £405.00 $539.10 $599.00

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