University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Comparative Family Law and Policy (LL.M.)


This course offers students the opportunity to study the principles and policies underlying modern family law, at a level which is not possible in an undergraduate family law course. A comparative approach is adopted for most topics and the increasingly relevant international dimension in family law is also explored. It is an aim of the course that family law should be seen in its wider social context and students are encouraged to make use of materials other than the traditional statutory and judicial materials. The course is sufficiently flexible to allow attention to be given to issues of immediate relevance or particular topical interest. In addition to the regular seminars, there will be group feedback sessions during the year on written assignments. The areas to be covered in 2014-2015, and order of seminars, are expected to be the following:

  1. Introductory meeting: overview of the course.
  2. Legal regulation of adult relationships.
  3. Same-sex relationships
  4. Divorce.
  5. Matrimonial property and finances on divorce.
  6. Marital Agreements.
  7. Property and Financial Consequences of Cohabitation breakdown
  8. Succession
  9. Gender
  10. Domestic Violence
  11. Parenthood and Parental Responsibility
  12. Private Law Disputes Relating to Children.
  13. Child Protection and Adoption
  14. The Child in International Law