030365 KU European Family Law

The influence of the ECtHR on Family Law

1 hour(s), 2 ECTS

Language of Instruction: English

Limited Number of Participants: 40

Lecturer: o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bea Verschraegen, LL.M., M.E.M.


Tuesday, 10.03.2020 → 17:30 - 20:30 → Hörsaal U15

Tuesday, 17.03.2020 → 17:30 - 20:30 → Hörsaal U15

Tuesday, 31.03.2020 → 17:30 - 20:30 → Hörsaal U15

Tuesday, 05.05.2020 → 17:30 - 20:30 → Hörsaal U15

Registration / Deregistration via U:Space

Registration: from 26.02.2020 to 25.03.2020

Deregistration: possible until 26.03.2020

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is taught in English. It is open to students with good knowledge of domestic family law (of their home country) and the ECHR, the case law of the ECtHR as well as very good knowledge of English.

The course introduces students to guiding principles of family law from a human rights perspective. Guiding principles, such as the principle of equality, diversity, pluralism, prohibition of discrimination in a variety of legal systems and ECtHR-decisions will be analyzed. Starting from the knowledge of domestic family law each student is expected to have, the course focuses on the understanding of family law and the interaction with the case law of the ECtHR as well as how guiding principles have shaped certain key features of family law, more specifically the concept of family, marriage, divorce, registered partnerships, consequences of divorce and separation, parentage and surrogacy. 

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular presence, thorough preparation and active participation in class account for 25 %, the mandatory written exam for 75 %.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students must attend the course regularly. One absence out of four course classes at the most will be accepted. Students who demonstrate the required knowledge of domestic family law by a grade obtained in a seminar, other course type (at least grade “good” ; i.e. “2” or “B”) or by a letter of recommendation shall be given priority. Students are kindly asked to present the required information in class on March 10, 2020. Other students can only be accepted, if the maximum number of participants (40 students) is not reached.

Students who do not attend the first session and are unexcused will be deregistered automatically.

Type of materials allowed for the exam: Print-out versions of the legal sources, including case law discussed during the lectures. Please note that you are not allowed to write any comments or annotations into the printed-out documents.

Examination topics

The mandatory exam will take place on May 5, 2020 and will consist of a critical analysis of a leading decision of the ECtHR, which deals with one or more guiding principle(s) of family law.

Reading list

Information will be provided in class.