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International Conference on Legal Pluralism and Human Rights within Family Disputes in Europe

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The research team working on Legal pluralism in Belgium, funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office BELSPO, is proud to announce its international closing conference “Legal pluralism and human rights within family disputes in Europe”.


 Research objectives

This international conference wants to enhance our empirical knowledge about the dispute handling practices of religious minorities and groups with a migrant background in the field of family law in Europe. The conference will pay particular attention to understanding the dynamics of unofficial forms of legal pluralism that find expression in the mobilization of non-state normative orders within state forums, as well as in recourse to non-state mechanisms for handling disputes. On this basis, it will explore the normative implications of these insights in terms of access to justice and human rights.

The conference objectives are twofold. At the theoretical level, it aims at expanding our understanding of the relationship between legal pluralism and human rights in the European context, while considering the relevance of legally plural approaches to human rights access in settings in which, in principle, state justice institutions are dominant. In addition, it serves as a bridge between theory and practice by reflecting on how policy makers at different levels can and should take account of these realities.

Conference Programme

Monday 26 October 2015

13:30 – 14:00                     Registration of participants

14:00 – 14:10                     Welcome and introductory remarks

14:10 – 15:40                     Panel 1: ‘Normative pluralism in non-disputing contexts’

15:40 – 16:00                     Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30                     Panel 2: ‘Normative Pluralism and the State’

19:00 – 21:00                     Diner with conference participants

Tuesday 27 October 2015

8:30 – 9:15                          Keynote (followed by Q&A)

Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

9:15 – 11:00                        Panel 3: ‘Normative pluralism in disputing contexts’

11:00 – 11:30                     Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00                     Panel 4: ‘Normative Pluralism and the State’(continued)

13:00 – 14:15                     Lunch break

14:15 – 16:00                     Panel 5: ‘Normative pluralism in disputing contexts’ (continued)

16:00 – 16:15                     Closing remarks

Download the detailed conference programme (with speakers and chairs, updated on 19 Oct 2015)


Registration is now possible through the Event Manager of Ghent Univeristy

Research team and conference conveners:

Prof. Dr. Eva Brems, research coordinator, Human Rights Centre – Ghent University

Prof. Dr. Barbara Truffin, research promotor, Centre d’histoire du droit et d’anthropologie juridique – Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dr. Giselle Corradi, postdoctoral researcher, Human Rights Centre – Ghent University

Kim Lecoyer, doctoral researcher, Human Rights Centre – Ghent University[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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