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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3160: Family Law: Child Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Liz Trinder (Convenor)


Students must be on one of the following programmes:

INBOUND Semester 1


INBOUND Semester 2

One Semester Flexible Combined Honours

OAS Law (Dresden)

One Semester Law

Available via distance learning


Family law is an exciting and topical module which explores how the law and family justice system operate to regulate relationships between parents and children.

By analysing the legal and policy framework for family law in the context of the changing ways that people parent, you will engage in an assessment of the effectiveness of the current family justice system and consider and debate proposals for reform of the law and the relevance of international regulation to aspects of law in this field. You will also explore relevant socio- legal research in this area and consider its importance to the development of family law in the 21st century. 

Within the module, you will consider the role of family law and the legal definition of family in the 21st century. You will consider the legal regulation of relationships between parents and children. Topical issues include parentage and artificial reproduction, the greater proposed use of post-separation shared parenting and its impact on children and the balance between the right to private and family life and the protection of children. You will explore recent radical changes in the Family Justice system, including withdrawal of legal aid from private family law court disputes, shifts towards alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation and collaborative law. 

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