Empowering European Families

Empowering European Families (EEF) is a research project led jointly by Katharina Boele-Woelki (Bucerius Law School and Utrecht University), Wendy Schrama (Utrecht University) and Christiane Wendehorst (University of Vienna). It is co-financed by an action grant under the Justice Programme of the European Union and conducted in cooperation with the European Law Institute (ELI) as well as with the support of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE).

For want of a uniform European regime in the field of marriage and partnership law couples in the EU are still facing a number of problems when one or both partners live in a country other than their country of origin, when changing the country of their habitual residence, or when buying or selling property abroad. To a certain extent, the existing problems could be overcome by way of early choice of court and choice of law, and by agreeing in advance on important economic issues pertaining to a couple’s legal relationship. EEF aims at removing obstacles to free movement for couples within the EU and at improving certainty and predictability within a couple's legal relationships by way of

  • Comparative research on the ambit of party autonomy in family and succession law,
  • Development of a set of information sheets and model templates to facilitate the use of party autonomy, and
  • A strategy for awareness-raising among couples in the EU and their legal advisers. 

 

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12.12.2018
 

Upcoming Event: Joint Conference on new matrimonial and partnership property Regulations

The ELI project on Empowering European Families: Towards More Party Autonomy in European Family and Succession Law is soon coming to an end. The final...

30.11.2018
 

ELI President Engages with Belgian Minister of Justice on the EEF Project

On 30 November 2018 ELI President Christiane Wendehorst presented the draft outcome of the ELI Empowering European Families project in Brussels...

29.11.2018
 

Meeting between the ELI President and Family Law Experts from the Dutch Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

On 29 November 2018 ELI President Christiane Wendehorst presented the draft outcome of the ELI Empowering European Families project in The Hague...

07.09.2018
 

"Empowering European Families" presented at the ELI Annual Conference in Riga

The 2018 ELI Annual Conference took place in Riga (Latvia) on 5-7 September 2018. At the University of Latvia around 250 legal experts from Europe and...

03.07.2018
 

On 3 July, the European Law Institute (ELI) President Christiane Wendehorst visited Sofia. In the course of her visit, Wendehorst held three meetings,...

15.05.2018
 

EEF’s final consultative meeting

The Empowering European Families project is drawing to a close and a final consultative meeting with selected Working Group and Advisory Committee...

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