Family Law Projects

Healthcare and Life Sciences projects 2017

The Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee of the IBA is conducting a project which revolves around the health issues associated with child brides and teenage pregnancies and a project regarding female genital mutilation. These are important issues which, as family law practitioners, we may have experience with and/or are aware of through our respective practices.

The Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee has drafted two questionnaires, the answers to which will assist that Committee to generate country specific reports which will be a valuable resource available to the entire IBA membership. 

As collaboration is one of the tenets of our association with the IBA, the Family Law Committee requests the assistance of the members of the Committee to answer the questionnaires from the perspective of each member’s jurisdiction.

The officers of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee will produce the reports for the May 2017 IBA midyear meeting.

Access to justice for children

At the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the Family Law Committee and the Access to Justice Committee are co-hosting a session entitled ‘Children and the law… our role in protecting them’.

Part of this session will include looking at the 2016 research project that the IBA Access to Justice Committee and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law have been working on. In light of this, please see further information below and a link to the survey which will inform the project:

The International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee will work again with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law on a third research project within the scope of the Committee’s mandate and within core IBA interests more broadly. 

The 2016 project looks at access to justice for children, exploring obstacles and solutions across jurisdictions. The study will examine the main challenges children face when they come into contact with the law and the justice system as offenders, victims or witnesses; assess the strategies and solutions employed across jurisdictions to address these challenges; and explore the transfer of good practices to inform access to justice across jurisdictions.

The project will have two components.

  • A short briefing paper will examine how the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda will be of importance for improving access to justice and the economic and social wellbeing of children and discuss some of the challenges ahead, particularly with regard to Goal 16 on the Rule of Law and Access to Justice.
  • A report will be published based on an international survey reporting practices across jurisdictions, including main obstacles and innovative examples of strategies that ensure effective access to justice for children. Research will be conducted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with input from the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and support from the Law Society of England and Wales and the German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer).

The survey is available to complete here

The report will be launched at the IBA Annual Conference in September 2016.

Fifth meeting of the Special Commission to review the operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of the International Child Abduction

Representatives from the IBA Family Law Committee attended the above session at the Hague, 30 October - 9 November 2006. Download a report

Report on the draft convention on the international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance.

Download the report.