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Course Overview

The course will provide a clear overview of the successful family law conventions made at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, as well as an analysis of the working methods of the Hague Conference in making, reviewing and helping to ensure uniform interpretation of Conventions. Students will acquire a thorough knowledge of the Hague Conventions on child abduction (1980), intercountry adoption (1993), child protection (1996) and maintenance (2007); a good understanding of private international law relating to surrogacy with an international element, and an appreciation of the options for the legal regulation of family agreements at the global level.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Katarina Trimmings

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

It will be similar to that already offered for LS5589 Private International Law of Family Law and it will cover a doctrinal analysis of the following Hague Conference on Private International Law Conventions and their application in the UK: Child Abduction 1980; Inter-country Adoption 1993; Child Protection 1996; Maintenance 2007. In addition it will consider possible future Hague Conventions on family law (eg on parentage and surrogacy and on family agreements).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

Exam (75%); 3000 word Essay (25%).

Normally no resit is available.



Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Informative analytical feedback on the essay will be given by individual comments on each essay within the 3 week Law School feedback period. In relation to the exam students will be able to get feedback through an individual session with the course co-ordinator.

Course Learning Outcomes

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