Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Call for Papers: International Society of Family Law

The International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference will be held June 18-20, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia.   


When the facts are clear and legislative values uncontroversial, it is relatively easy to design workable, cost-effective legal standards.   But family law almost invariably involves contested facts and controversial values.  Conference papers should address these special problems in the development of legal standards to govern family relationships.  International and comparative approaches are encouraged but not required.  The conference theme is inclusive, and papers may explore contested values (for example, individual autonomy vs. relational community, parents’ rights vs. children’s rights), facts (for example, the nature of cohabitation, the benefits and harms associated with divorce) or practical issues (for example, the relative advantages of discretion vs. rules, dispute resolution methods) in the context of either private rights and obligations (custody, property division, support) or public regulation of the family.

Please send a one-page proposal to:       Professor Margo Melli, University of Wisconsin Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI  53706,  E-mail:                        DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS:              April 1, 2007. 


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