The interactive course on Family law and human rights has been developed thanks to EU support, within the project Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and Horizontal Facility action “Strengthening the Human Rights Ombudsman to fight discrimination”, both jointly financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe.
The course is based on the HELP methodology and it focuses on the articulation between the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) and the EU and other international instruments in the field of family law.
Family law is a distinctive area of law because it is multi-layered (national, regional and international) and interdisciplinary (transcending private and public law, both domestically and internationally). Given the increasing mobility and internationalisation of the child and of families, it is also a complex topic.
The course discusses and analyses the influence of human rights law, notably Articles 8 and 12 of the Convention on national family law. It addresses key cases of the European Court of Human Rights on Articles 8, 12 and 14 the Convention and explores relevant European and international instruments including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), with a view of showing how human rights law sets a minimum standard for family law in Europe.
The course integrates training materials previously developed by the Council of Europe and is complementary to the HELP courses on child-friendly justice and on violence against women (both already available in several languages on the HELP e-learning platform).
The course includes various practical exercises and it consists of 5 modules:
- Rights Related to Couples
- Relationship between Children and their Parents and Other Relatives
- International Child Abduction
- Children’s Rights: Key Challenges (including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and children in the digital era)
You can access now this course in English through the HELP e-learning platform. More language versions of this course are scheduled for introduction soon.