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International Conceptions of the Family

Banda, Fareda and Eekelaar, John (2017) 'International Conceptions of the Family.' International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 66.

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Abstract This article examines the evolving way the ‘family’ and ‘family life’ have been understood in international and regional human rights instruments, and in the case law of the relevant institutions. It shows how the various structural components which are considered to constitute those concepts operate both between relevant adults and between adults and children. But it also shows that important normative elements, in particular, anti-discrimination norms, operate both to undermine the perception of some structures as constituting ‘family’, and to modify those structures themselves. This raises the question how far human rights norms should be seen as protecting family units in themselves or the individual members that constitute them. Key words Human rights – family – family life – gender discrimination – marriage – same-sex relationships - parental relationships – violence against women

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: human rights, family, family life, gender discrimination, marriage, same-sex relationships, parental relationships, violence against women
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Centre for Human Rights Law (CHRL)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
ISSN: 00205893
Copyright Statement: This article will be published by Cambridge University Press in a revised form in International and Comparative Law Quarterly Vol. 66, 2017. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Fareda Banda and John Eekelaar
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1017/S0020589317000288
Depositing User: Fareda Banda
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 16:09
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24042

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