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Schuz on Comparative Law and the Work of HCCH in Family Law

Rhona Schuz (Bar-Ilan University) has published an article Comparative Law and the Work of The Hague Conference on Private International Law in relation to Family Law in Ius Comparatum 2022. Ius Comparatum is an open access research series published under the auspices of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL).

The paper is a written version of the inaugural lecture given by Rhona Schuz during the first day of the Online Week on Comparative Family Law Methodology organized by IACL and Bucerius Law School back in October 2021. The lecture may be watched here.

The abstract reads as follows:

This lecture highlights the importance of comparative law in the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the field of family law, both in the process of drafting Conventions and in monitoring the implementation of Conventions after they have come into force. Examples are given of the ways in which different types of comparative law studies have been used to inform the work of preparing Conventions and the various comparative law tools which have been adopted in post-Convention efforts to promote uniform implementation. The significance of the post-Convention comparative work is underlined by a brief discussion of the importance of uniform application of Conventions and the real risks of lack of uniformity. Finally, attention is drawn to a few methodological issues which arise in connection with the comparative law work discussed.

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