Academic Network on Family Law in Europe or FL-EUR Established

At a Founding Meeting in Amsterdam on 1-2 February 2019 the Family Law in Europe: An Academic Network, FL-EUR, was established.

02/19/2019 | 6:22 PM

FL-EUR currently unites 29 prominent experts, both academics and public officers, in the field of family & law from 28 European jurisdictions. The ambition of the FL-EUR network is to cover all European jurisdictions.


The purpose of FL-EUR is close academic cooperation amongst the experts, and between the experts and other stakeholders in the field of family and law, aimed at

  • accumulation and dissemination of knowledge of both family law in the books and in action;
  • promotion of comparative and multidisciplinary research and education in the field of family and law;
  • learning from one another’s experiences; and finally,
  • providing up-to-date comparative data for European, supranational and national bodies.


FL-EUR activities will in general be aimed at substantive family law, child law, the law of persons and related subjects of inheritance law, but will not include Private International Law.


During the first meeting the members of FL-EUR chose Empowerment and Protection of Vulnerable Adults as its first working field.


A coordinating group, appointed by the FL-EUR members, will draft a questionnaire in close cooperation with all its members. Country reports for all jurisdictions will then be produced by the experts and will be published on FL-EUR’s website. On the basis of these reports the common core, best practices and pitfalls will be uncovered in order to put together a range of possible solutions that could be used by national Governments, European and International organisations and professionals and their associations. 

FL-EUR has committed itself to applying a problem-solving, multidisciplinary approach, entailing a combination of the functional comparative law method and multidisciplinary methods. Legal solutions will be described and analysed in their political and socio-economic context. The experts will also describe the underlying policy considerations and political and academic debates behind the legal solutions. If available, existing empirical evaluations of relevant legislation will be included in the work, providing evidence of which national legal solutions work and which do not.


FL-EUR intends to disseminate the results of its work through organising conferences and seminars, open-access publication of national reports and articles and published books.


Prof. Masha Antokolskaia, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Russia; Chair of the FL-EUR  Prof. Anne Barlow, University of Exeter, England & Wales;  Prof. Christine Bidaud-Garon, Université de la Nouvelle Calédonie, France;  Prof. Margareta Brattström, Uppsala University, Sweden Prof. Michelle Cottier, Université de Genève, Switzerland; Prof. Nina Dethloff, University of Bonn; Germany; Dr. Róbert Dobrovodský, Ministry of Justice of Slovakia; Prof. Piotr Fiedorczyk, University of Bialystok, Poland; Prof. Gordana Kovacek-Stanic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia; Prof. Zdeňka Králíčková, Masaryk University, Czechia; Prof. Inga Kudinavičiūtė-Michailovienė, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania; Prof. Ingrid Lund-Andersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Prof. Jane Mair, University of Glasgow, Scotland; Prof. Barbara Novak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Prof. Maria Donata Panforti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy; Prof. Branka Rešetar, University of Osijek, Groatia; Prof. Jordi Ribot, University of Girona, Spain; Prof. Marianne Roth, University of Salzburg; Austria; Prof. Jens Scherpe, University of Cambridge, England & Wales; Prof. Wendy Schrama, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Prof. Geoffrey Shannon, Law Society of Republic of Ireland; Dr. Salla Silvola, Ministry of Justice of Finland; Prof. Tone Sverdrup, University of Oslo, Norway; Prof. Frederik Swennen, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Dr. habil. Orsolya Szeibert, Eötvös, Loránd University, Hungary; Dr. Apostolos Tassikas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Prof. Paula Távora Vítor, University of Coimbra, Portugal Dr. Velina Todorova, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria; Dr. Triin Uusen-Nacke, Tartu County Court, Estonia