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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Working Group of the ELI Project on 'Empowering European Families' meets in Utrecht

On 15-16 December, the Working Group (Group) of the ELI Project on ‘Empowering European Families’ meets in Utrecht. This is the first meeting in...


From 6 - 8 November, the Working Group of Workstream 1 met for the last time in Utrecht. The aim of the meeting was to finalise the draft information...


„Empowering European Families” presented at the 2016 Rethinkin seminar in Utrecht

Not only in Italy, but also in the Netherlands the Empowering European Project has been recently presented, in Utrecht at the 2016 Rethinkin Seminar....


The EEF project was presented and discussed within a panel of experts at the ELI's annual conference, which was held from 7 to 9 September 2016 in...


The 4th Working Group meeting of Workstream 1 will take place in Utrecht from 6th-8th November

In November the Empowering European Families Working Group is about to meet again. This meeting will be the last one of Workstream 1, which is mainly...


Two new members of the project

Donna Stockenhuber and Vanessa Wilcox have recently joined the team of the EEF project.

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