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2021 / 04 / 01

International webinar on the introduction to European family law – Presentation by a researcher from our Institute


On 19 March 2021, Agnė Limantė, a chief researcher of the Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, gave a presentation “Party autonomy to choose jurisdiction and applicable law for matrimonial property in Europe” at a virtual seminar “Introduction to European Family Law 'Virtual Kyiv' Webinar”.

This virtual seminar was organized by the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), which is a worldwide association of family law lawyers from various countries. In this event, lawyers and researchers from England, Scotland, Germany, France, Lithuania, Russia, Malta, Italy, Greece, Monaco, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Switzerland gave presentations on European family law. The topics discussed covered challenges faced by family lawyers when using digital technologies and social media, hearing of the child in family cases, maintenance, division of family assets and other topics.

Agne Limante’s presentation focused on parties’ autonomy as an important tool in the EU private international family law. The researcher noted that parties’ choice increases stability and predictability, allows the concentration of jurisdiction and applicable law, saves time and additional litigation costs for the parties. She discussed the right of the parties to agree on the jurisdiction and the possibility of choice of applicable law for the matrimonial property. According to the researcher, the interaction of related EU instruments should be taken into account as the division of matrimonial property usually comes together with divorce, maintenance and parental responsibility issues.

The full report you can find it here.