ELI Family and Succession Law SIG Held its Second Webinar on Family Status, Identities and Private International Law


On 12 May 2022, the Family and Succession Law Special Interest Group organised its second webinar in the ‘Family status, Identities and Private International Law: A Critical Assessment in the Light of Fundamental Rights’ series jointly with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law and the University of Pisa.

The second webinar commences with a session dedicated to ‘Same-Sex Marriage after Coman’, chaired by Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler. Máire Ní Shúilleabháin presented the latest and not always coherent development of case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the recognition of same-sex couples in private international law. Maria Caterina Baruffi completed the analysis by emphasising the role that the right to free movement, as basic EU right, has played in the matter at stake. Yin Liu closed the session by presenting recent cases of the recognition of family status by Chinese courts.

The final session on ‘Diversity in Family Laws and the Fundamental Rights of Couples’ was opened by Francisco Javier Jiménez Muñoz who gave a comparative overview of same sex marriages in Europe. The session was concluded by two short presentations delivered by Guillaume Kessler (‘Unmarried Couples in Private International Law’) and Antonio Legerén (‘Legal Rules on European Unmarried Couples: Unification or Harmonization?’).

This was followed by a lively Q&A session. The webinar was concluded by Elena Bargelli and Ilaria Pretelli.

For the full programme see here