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Families and the European Union

Families and the European Union
Law, Politics and Pluralism


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  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521613354

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  • In the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of family law in the European Union, McGlynn argues that a traditional concept of 'family' which has many adverse effects - on individuals, on families (in all their diverse forms), and indeed on the economic ambitions of the EU is forming the basis for the little-recognised and under-researched field of EU family law. This book examines three different aspects of family life - childhood, parenthood and partnerships - and critically analyses existing EU law in relation to each. It examines the emerging field of EU family law, providing a highly sceptical account of recent developments and a robust challenge to the arguments in favour of the codification of European civil law, including family law.

    • First book to offer a comprehensive analysis of 'family' and family law in the EU
    • Offers a robust challenge to the arguments in favour of the codification of European civil law, including family law, arguing for reform based on human rights principles
    • Offers an innovative, conceptual study of diverse fields of substantive EU law
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    '… this is the first book that offers a comprehensive analysis of family law and policies in the EU. … by providing a very strong conceptual background, Families and the European Union will not go out of date. … Families and the European Law is very well researched and provides the reader with an invaluable wealth of sources. It is written in a clear and engaging style. It will be of interest not only to students and academics but also to practitioners and policy-makers; more generally to anybody who has an interest in this area.' European Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521613354
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.435kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Table of cases
    Table of statutes
    1. Pluralism and human rights: a legal foundation for the regulation of families and family law in the European Union
    2. Families, ideologies and value pluralism: towards an expanded concept of family
    3. Children and European Union law: Instrumentalism, protection and empowerment
    4. Parenthood and European Union law: old ideologies and new ideals
    5. European Union law and the regulation of intimate relationships: marriage, partnerships and human rights
    6. The emergence of a European Union family law
    7. Harmonisation, codification and the future of family law in the European Union

  • Author

    Clare McGlynn, University of Durham
    Clare MCGlynn is Professor of Law at Durham University.

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