Virtual Book Launch: Legal Recognition of Non-Conjugal Families

Religious Studies FBK - Virtual Book Launch: Legal Recognition of Non-Conjugal Families. The event will be held in English

Registration for the event is mandatory by 12.00 pm of June 9, 2021.
The link to access the workshop will be sent on June 9, 2021, via email.


“This book argues that insufficient recognition of new families is a legal problem that needs fixing in light of recent evolutions in family patterns and normative conceptions of ‘family’. People increasingly invest in relationships falling outside the model of the marital family, such as non-conjugal unions of friends or relatives, polyamorous relationships and various religious-based families. Despite this, Western jurisdictions retain the marital family as the relevant basis for allocating family law benefits, rights and obligations.

Part I of the book illustrates recent evolutions in family patterns and norms, and explores how law can accommodate multiple family grids without legal recognition involving normalisation. Part II focuses on courtroom litigation on the basis that courts nowadays are central avenues of social change. It takes non-conjugal families as a case study and provides an analysis of the most compelling argumentative strategies that non-conjugal families can mobilise to pursue legal recognition in Canada and the United States, and within the systems of the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Union […]”.


Introductory remarks (6:00 – 6:10 pm)
Roberto Toniatti, Università di Trento
Marco Ventura, FBK-Center for Religious Studies & Università di Siena

Discussion (6:10 – 7:30 pm)
Alexander Schuster, University of Innsbruck & Institute for Italian Law

Katharina Boele-Woelki, Bucerius Law School
Naomi R. Cahn, University of Virginia School of Law
Mathias W. Reimann, University of Michigan Law School
Erez Aloni, University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Nausica Palazzo, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & FBK-Center for Religious Studies

With its cross-sectional glimpse of the ways in which individuals nowadays live family the event aligns with the core mission of the FBK Center on religion and innovation, as articulated in the Strategic Plan 2019-21 and in our booklet Religion & Innovation at FBK.

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