Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3185: International Family Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Isabelle Rueda (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


International family law examines the legal issues arising from family situations that present links with more than one country: (1) which challenges should be considered and taken into account when entering into a cross-border family situation ? (2) which court may hear a dispute between e.g. an English and an Australian spouse? (3) which law(s) will apply to the succession of an English man who resided in Spain for the last years of his life? (4) under which conditions may a foreign judgment be recognised and enforced in England?

Knowledge of the rules regarding international family law is critical for any family lawyer working in areas of practice that transcend or potentially transcend national borders. In our globalised world, more and more family-related situations present cross-border elements. International family law thus constitutes a growing part of the work of family lawyers and English courts.

This captivating area of law is of an increasing practical significance when advising clients in a world where legal relationships are more and more frequently cross-border.

In this course you will draw on common law as well as international sources – with comparative insights on foreign legal systems when relevant.

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