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The Centre hosts a wide range of events in Cambridge, London and overseas. Practitioner delegates can self-certify CPD points from our events. Some events are closed workshops for project participants and invited discussants only.  Current events are listed in the events calendar

Research Areas

The members of the Centre work across a wide range of topics, including:

  • marriage, civil union and other forms of relationship recognition
  • divorce and relationship dissolution
  • gender – legal status of transsexual, transgender and intersex person
  • property rights and financial remedies during marriage and on divorce
  • legal status of and financial remedies between cohabitants
  • marital agreements
  • child support
  • legal recognition of "carer/dependant" relationships
  • succession
  • domestic violence
  • children’s rights
  • surrogacy
  • adoption
  • child protection
  • family justice system, including access to justice
  • family dispute resolution/settlement mechanisms

Current research projects

Current major projects of the Centre and our members include:

  • The law and reform of surrogacy: Cambridge Family Law will be hosting a major conference with the American Bar Association and the International Academy Lawyers entitled ‘International Surrogacy Forum’.
  • UNCRC implementation project meeting in July 2019, hosted by Fenton-Glynn and Sloan. Like its predecessors (organised by others), this interdisciplinary colloquium is an invitation-only event bringing together international experts to analyse the implementation of a specific article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The goal is to explore the challenges faced by legal systems in giving effect to an internationally-agreed standard. This time, we will be addressing article 5, which protects the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents or others to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of his/her rights. As well as the Centre, the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group, the University of Cambridge’s Strategic Research Initiative on Public Policy and Robinson College will be supporting the event. Papers from the colloquium will be published in a special journal issue or edited collection.
  • Retrospective workshop on the Divorce Reform Act 1969: workshop and book project reviewing the last 50 years of English divorce law, convened Jo Miles with Daniel Monk (Birkbeck) and Rebecca Probert (Exeter).

Past events

Members of our Centre have been responsible for the organisation of a large number of earlier events and associated research projects including:

  • Conference on the Law and Practice of Surrogacy, co-organised by Scherpe and Fenton-Glynn with the Academy of European Law, June 2018
  • Spaces of Care – socio-legal workshop and book project co-hosted by Sloan with Loraine Gelsthorpe and Perveez Mody under the aegis of the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group, April 2018
  • Divorce and financial remedy law roundtable events to promote evidence-based policy-making, for parliamentarians, policy-makers and practitioners, convened by Miles with Liz Trinder and Gillian Douglas in the House of Lords, summer 2018, with contributions by Miles and Scherpe
  • Landmark Cases in Succession Law – workshop hosted by Sloan in Sept 2018, with book forthcoming in 2019
  • Anglo-Australian financial remedies law – workshop and special issue of Australian Journal of Family Law, convened and edited by Miles with Belinda Fehlberg, Sept 2017
  • CFL/Cambridge Socio-Legal Group Seminar: 'Egg Freezing in the UK: The data we have is the tip of the iceberg' - Zeynep Gurtin
  • Brexit and Family Law: joint conference of Cambridge Family Law and the Child & Family Law Quarterly, Cambridge March 2017 (See the speakers and programme)
  • Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy Conference: Scherpe and Fenton-Glynn together with Prof. Terry Kaan of the University of Hong Kong.
  • The Future of Registered Partnerships: Steinfeld and Keidan (half-day seminar, invitation only), Cambridge June 2016, with Andrew Hayward (University of Durham)
  • The Future of Registered Partnerships, conference Cambridge 2015 (Scherpe, with Andrew Hayward, University of Durham
  • Cross-Border Child Protection, London 2015 (Fenton-Glynn)
  • Marriage Rites and Rights, Cambridge 2014, workshop (Miles, Mody and Probert, under aegis of Cambridge Socio-Legal Group)
  • The Legal Status of Transgender and Transsexual Persons, Hong Kong 2013 (Scherpe)
  • Jahrestagung der Wissenschaftlichen Vereinigung e.V., Cambridge 2011 (Scherpe)
  • 4th Conference of Commission on European Family Law: The Future of Family Property Law in Europe, Cambridge 2010 (Miles/Scherpe, with CEFL organising committee)
  • Marital agreements and private autonomy in comparative perspective, conference and workshop, Cambridge 2009 (Scherpe)
  • Sharing Homes, Dividing Assets, workshop, Cambridge 2008 (Miles and Probert, under aegis of Cambridge Socio-Legal Group)
  • The Legal Status of Cohabitants, Hamburg 2004 (Scherpe and Yassari)