Plan to attend the fourth international conference on social justice and children’s rights

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm and is filed under Uncategorized

Registration for
The Fourth International Conference on Shared Parenting

Shared Parenting, Social Justice and Children´s Rights
The fourth International Conference on Shared Parenting will be held in Strasbourg, France, on November 22nd and 23th, 2018, at Palais de l’Europe. The theme of this conference is: Shared Parenting, Social Justice and Children´s Rights.

The conference is organized under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland. It is also supported by the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Jardin des Sciences.

The conference intends to report how, within judicial systems and social work practices, both parents are recognized as vital in their children’s lives, even after separation and divorce. It will explore how shared parenting seems a means for keeping with the principles and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Thus, a focus of the conference is to stress how shared parenting, viewed as in the best interests of children of separated parents, is a crucial issue for practitioners and policymakers around the globe, regarding the alignment of national law and practices with the articles of the UN CRC.

The conference is structured along four main questions. First, what are the existing legal systems and the challenges regarding the legal presumption of shared parenting as a children’s right, in different countries? Second, what are the current trends and research outcomes regarding social attitudes and knowledge about shared parenting? Third, to what extent could shared parenting, gender equality and work-life balance be combined to improve health and wellbeing of children whose parents are separated? Fourth, how should national laws and international regulations be adapted for considering these social evolutions?

International specialists in the field of shared parenting – representing both the academic sciences, and the legal and family professions – are invited to present their recent research results and professional practices at this interdisciplinary conference.

The program of the conference offers the opportunity to hear the main international experts on children’s rights, justice and law, sociology, psychology, and public health. Here is a first set of orators:

⦁ Regina Jensdottir, Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe
⦁ Linos Alexandros Sicilianos (tbc), Judge, Professor of Law, Vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, University of Athens – Greece
⦁ Jean Zermatten (tbc) President and Member of UN committee for Children’s rights (2005-2013), University of Geneva – Switzerland
⦁ Marie-France Carlier, Judge at Namur Family Court (division of the Namur and Dinant Family Court) – Belgium
⦁ Adeline Gouttenoire, Professor of Law, University of Bordeaux – France
⦁ Hildegund Sünderhauf, Professor for family law and youth welfare law, Lutheran University of applied sciences, Nuremberg – Germany
⦁ José Manuel de Torres Perea, Professor of Civil Law, University of Málaga – Spain
⦁ Lluis Flaquer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
⦁ Livia Olah, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University – Sweden
⦁ Gerardo Meil, Professor in Sociology, University Autónoma of Madrid – Spain
⦁ Malin Bergström, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University – Sweden
⦁ William Fabricius, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University – USA
⦁ Michael Lamb, Professor of Psychology, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
⦁ Blaise Pierrehumbert, PhD, former Privat-Docent in psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
⦁ Derrick Gordon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine – USA
⦁ Christine Simon, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – USA
⦁ Edward Kruk, Associate Professor of Social Work, ICSP/CIRA President, University of British Columbia – Canada

In parallel, the ICSP Conference Strasbourg 2018 call for papers reached the interest of many scientists, professionals and members of civil society from around the world. The scientific committee, chaired by Pr. Michel Grangeat and Dr. Chantal Clot-Grangeat, selected papers from seventeen countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Kenya and Iran. To ensure the quality of the presentations and to facilitate the discussions, two workshops and poster sessions will offer the opportunity for exchanging about new research outcomes, and helpful professional or collective practices.

The first ICSP conference, held in July 2014 in Bonn, Germany, focused on bridging the gap between empirical evidence and socio-legal practice. The second conference, held in December 2015, also in Bonn, Germany, discussed best practices for the legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart. The third conference, held in May 2017 in Boston, MA, USA, examined whether the current state of knowledge has reached a watershed in regard to understanding children’s best interests in separation and divorce, and concluded that shared parenting is in fact commensurate with children’s best interests in the great majority of cases. A set of selected papers from this last conference was published in a special issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage in 2018.

The fourth ICSP International conference in Strasbourg might be an important event in the development of children’s rights whose parents are separated. You are invited to register for attending this international event.

REGISTER for the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2018!
By registering now and until July 31st, you can benefit of the Early-bird rate of €195. The standard rate (after July 31st) is €250 and the student rate is €150.

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