Protection of international families with links to the European Union post-Brexit: Collaborative Scotland-EU partnership

Protection of international families with links to the European Union post-Brexit: Collaborative Scotland-EU partnership

About the Project

The free movement of people within the EU has resulted in several generations of European citizens forming family relationships across national borders. As a result, there are thousands of families in Scotland whose lives, homes and occupations cross European borders.

Similarly, there are many families with connections to Scotland living in the EU. This project seeks to address the legal issues that surround the protection of such international families. It aims to examine the effectiveness of the pertinent post-Brexit legal framework, which no longer comprises European private international law instruments but instead is represented primarily by international Conventions (‘Hague Family Law Conventions’).

To this end, the project seeks to enhance collaboration between Scotland and EU Member States in protecting international families in the wake of Brexit; identify good practices in applying the Hague Family Law Conventions; and make recommendations to legal practitioners, judges, Central Authorities and national legislators.

The project commenced on 01 March 2022 and will end on 29 February 2024. It is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh under the Saltire Facilitation Network Award Scheme.

Research Team

Research partners

University of Aberdeen, Scotland/United Kingdom

  Dr Katarina Trimmings (Principal Investigator)

  Miss Konstantina Kalaitsoglou (Research Assistant)

University of Osijek, Croatia

  Professor Mirela Župan (Co-Investigator)

  Martina Drventić (Research Assistant)

  Jura Golub (Research Assistant)

University of Antwerp, Belgium

  Professor Thalia Kruger (Co-Investigator)

Network partners

Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

  Dr Anna Wysocka-Bar (Network Partner)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

  Professor Pietro Franzina (Network Partner)

Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Science, Lithuania

  Dr Agne Limante (Network Partner)

University College Dublin, Ireland

  Professor Máire Ní Shúilleabháin (Network Partner)

Project Outputs

Forthcoming in mid/late 2024.

Project Events

Project Workshop

The Project Workshop will take place on the 18th of October 2023 between 11am and 5pm (UK time) at the University of Aberdeen and online. Please see Workshop Programme for more details.

Online Workshop with Central Authorities

The Online Workshop with Central Authorities will take place on the 25th of October 2023 between 11am and 1pm (UK time). The event link will be sent to invited participants prior to the Workshop. Please see Event Programme for more details.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to achieve the following objectives: