Comparative and International Family Law

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Marsha Garrison

This course explores legal issues related to family formation, dissolution, and relational rights from a comparative and international perspective. It will compare and contrast U.S. family law with that of other advanced, industrialized nations across a range of issues, including cohabitation, marriage, adoption, artificial reproductive technologies, divorce, child custody, child protection, post-relationship support, and population policy. The course will also examine international treaties governing inter-country family disputes and investigate the role of international conventions, such as the European Convention on Human Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, in shaping the development of domestic family law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. With permission of the professor, students may write a paper in lieu of an exam which may be used to satisfy the UCWR.