In the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of family law in the European Union, McGlynn argues that a traditional concept of 'family' which has many adverse effects - on individuals, on families (in all their diverse forms), and indeed on the economic ambitions of the EU is forming the basis for the little-recognised and under-researched field of EU family law. This book examines three different aspects of family life - childhood, parenthood and partnerships - and critically analyses existing EU law in relation to each. It examines the emerging field of EU family law, providing a highly sceptical account of recent developments and a robust challenge to the arguments in favour of the codification of European civil law, including family law.
Clare MCGlynn is Professor of Law at Durham University.
Preface and acknowledgements; Table of cases; Table of statutes; 1. Pluralism and human rights: a legal foundation for the regulation of families and family law in the European Union; 2. Families, ideologies and value pluralism: towards an expanded concept of family; 3. Children and European Union law: Instrumentalism, protection and empowerment; 4. Parenthood and European Union law: old ideologies and new ideals; 5. European Union law and the regulation of intimate relationships: marriage, partnerships and human rights; 6. The emergence of a European Union family law; 7. Harmonisation, codification and the future of family law in the European Union; Bibliography.