The evening lecture, titled “The Conundrums of International Family Law – Are they Solvable in Our Time?” proved a great success and was delivered by Professor Mark Henaghan from the University of Otago, New Zealand, the renowned authority in international family law developments. The lecture was introduced by Professor Marilyn Freeman, Principal Research Fellow at the Westminster Law School, and was chaired by Sir Mathew Thorpe, the former Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales. The evening lecture provided an opportunity for busy legal practitioners and members of the judiciary, who could not attend the full day conference because of work commitments, to participate in an important international family law event and to meet many of the global conference delegates at the delightful Independence Day reception which followed.
Professor Freeman said of the event: "The International Family Law Lecture lived up to all expectations. It was thoughtful, and thought-provoking. As I said in my introduction – families are small, but their impact is not. We ignore the challenges they face at our peril."
The International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice, which is affiliated to the Westminster Law School, held the lecture to coincide with its much-anticipated triennial conference, this time organised in association with Kings College, London, on “Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family” which took place from 6-8 July. The over-subscribed multi-disciplinary triennial conference brought together the leading figures working in the relevant fields in 31 different jurisdictions, and addressed many of the challenging issues facing the international family law community today.
The International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice (ICFLPP) of which Baroness Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, is Patron, works to develop multi-disciplinary cross-jurisdictional approaches to the challenges of international family law and to engage in collaborative research on these issues.
The ICFLPP is co-directed by Professor Marilyn Freeman who specialises in the field of Family Law, and is a leading child law expert and international child abduction specialist. Professor Freeman was recently honoured with d the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) President’s Award at the AFCC’s 53rd Annual Conference in Seattle along with her colleague from New Zealand, Associate Professor Nicola Taylor, with whom she works collaboratively. The award was given in respect of their empirical research on relocation and child abduction.
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