- 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
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)
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
National reports on the application of the Hague Family Law Conventions in the participating States will be available in late 2022/early 2023.
Please send an email if you would like to be alerted when the reports become available.
- Project Event
The project workshop will take place in early 2023. More information to follow.
The project seeks to achieve the following objectives: