School of Law

RELIGARE Expert Seminar: Unregistered Marriages and Alternative Dispute Resolution in European Legal Systems

4 September 2012

Time: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Venue: Mason Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

The RELIGARE project contributes to enhance interdisciplinary co-operation in the area of religious pluralism in Europe and to examine new normative frameworks on the field of religion and secularism with a view to making policy recommendations for improvement.

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Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided

  • 10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Refreshments
  • 10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introduction
    Prakash Shah, Queen Mary, University of London and Marie-Claire Foblets, K.U. Leuven, Coordinator of the RELIGARE Project
  • 10.45 – 12.30 Unregistered Marriages
    Unregistered Marriages in Denmark - Anika Liversage, Danish National Centre for Social Welfare
    Unregistered Marriages as a Challenge to Turkish Law - Derya Bayir, GLOCUL, Queen Mary, University of London
    Unregistered Marriages in the English Courts - Prakash Shah, GLOCUL, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 – 15.00 Plenary:
    Transnational Families between Dutch and Islamic Family Law - Betty de Hart, Centre for Migration Law/Institute for Sociology of Law, Radbound University, Nijmegen
  • 15.00 – 15.15 Refreshments
  • 15.15 – 17.00 Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Religious Divorce in a Secular State: A Case-Study Analysis - Gillian Douglas, Cardiff Law School
    Pathways to Family Dispute Resolution within Migrant Families in Belgium - Kim Lecoyer, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University and Barbara Truffin, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Transnational Dispute Resolution among Kurds in London - Latif Tas, GLOCUL, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 17.00 – 18.30 Drinks Reception/Break
  • 18.30 – 19.30 Plenary:
    What is True and False about UK Sharia Councils - John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis

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Directions to Venue

The Mason Lecture Theatre is in the Francis Bancroft Building, which is number 26 on the Mile End campus map. This event is being held during the Paralympics, so please check for up to date London travel information.