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    Family, nation and reproductive politics in contemporary Italy

    Hanafin, Patrick (2008) Family, nation and reproductive politics in contemporary Italy. In: Gender, Family Responsibility and Legal Change, 10th July 2008, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Event synopsis: Organised by legal scholars in the Sussex Law School, the conference is the first to explore issues of gender as it relates to family responsibility in law - areas that continue to present problems for the courts and law makers. Conference organiser and Senior Lecturer in Law, Craig Lind, says: "Families are changing and the law cannot ignore those changes. The Government has just announced legislation to give women priority when applying for jobs - what does this have to do with family responsibilities?" A wide-ranging and fascinating selection of papers from international experts in law, sociology, social policy and philosophy will address this and many other questions, including: How much is a short marriage worth? Should unmarried couples walk away from relationship with impunity? What are the responsibilities of absent fathers? Should separated parents share their children equally? Do IVF babies need fathers? Should we allow womb transplants? What should we do about "elder abuse"? Should grandparents have a legal status in the lives of their grandchildren? Does the 'Nanny State' know better than parents what's best for children? Family law has to respond to some of life's most difficult - and controversial - experiences. It also needs to evolve and adapt to new experiences involving, for example, youth crime and parental responsibility, immigration, medical advances such as infertility treatments, social change and transformed family structures. However, Mr Lind says: "Making changes to family law is notoriously difficult. Judges and law makers have - individually - very diverse understandings of the social and family responsibilities people have. Resolving them into the uniform patterns that a legal system needs is, therefore, almost impossible. "At the moment there are a number of problems relating to the family that desperately need legal resolution. But it isn't just family law that must change - we will also be considering changes in employment law, corporate law, criminal law and immigration law."

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 14:32
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14745

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