World conferences 18th World Conference (Golden Jubilee Conference) of the ISFL Rethinking Law’s Families & Family Law?

The 18th (Golden Jubilee) World Conference of the International Society of Family Law will be held in Antwerp, Belgium from 12-15 July 2023, under the title “Rethinking Law’s Families & Family Law?”.

The conference title and themes
The conference title echoes Alison Diduck’s book title Law’s Families (Cambridge University Press, 2003), in which she addresses the tension between the conception of the family in family law and policy, and how we actually do family in our daily lives. The conference will explore and critically exam-ine who the “law’s families” are and what role family law plays and should play.
The conference is intended to be inclusive, extending to a diverse range of topics and methods. Panels will be clustered alongside their topic (partners; parents & children; the extended family) or method (international and comparative approaches; interdisciplinary approaches; and approaches pertaining to conflict handling).

As the 18th World Conference also marks the ISFL Golden Jubilee, a Jubilee stream will cover the past and future of family law. Contributions to the Golden Jubilee stream are based on the 2023 and 2024 Surveys of International Family Law.

The conference conveners are Prof. Frederik Swennen, member of the ISFL Executive Council, and Prof. Elise Goossens of the University of Antwerp, on behalf of RETHINKIN., a Scientific Research Network funded by the Flanders Research Foundation –

The Call for Papers can be found here

The academic committee of the conference comprises:

  • Masha Antokolskaia (President of the ISFL);
  • Ursula Basset (Secretary-General of the ISFL);
  • June Carbone (ISFL Survey editor);
  • Piotr Fiedorczyk (ISFL Jubilee Committee)
  • Elise Goossens (Conference convener);
  • Frederik Swennen (Conference convener);
  • Robin Wilson (ISFL Newsletter and Survey editor).

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