Conferences, Meetings and Seminars

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Professor Marilyn Freeman and Dr. Frances Burton, Co-Directors of The International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice (ICFLPP), are delighted to announce their 2019 conference being held in association with The Westminster Law School, London.

The conference on “Gender, Inclusivity and Protecting the 21st Century Family” will be held from 3-5 July 2019. The working sessions will be held at The University of Westminster, London.

Contributions are invited on all topics related to the broad conference themes including the subjects of the highly successful conferences in 2010, 2013 and 2016 upon which we wish to build. A non-exhaustive list of topic suggestions includes:

  • Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Gender Recognition, Gender Bias
  • Gender in schools, in the home, in religious communities, in the workplace, in sport, in dispute resolution processes, in the Armed Forces
  • Cohabitation, Marriage
  • Parentage, Adoption, Parenthood
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence, Child Protection/Safeguarding, Forced Marriage
  • Child Abuse, FGM, Male Circumcision
  • Child Abduction, Relocation
  • Access to Justice, Dispute Resolution
  • Children’s Rights, Women’s Rights, Human Rights
  • Disability
  • Legal Protection against Discrimination

Abstracts should be submitted between 12 February 2018 and 11 May 2018.

Abstracts should include the name, current position and affiliation of the submitting person(s) and, if different, the name of the presenter, together with the title and a summary of the proposed presentation in no more than 500 words. A short biographical note of no more than 300 words for each presenter should be included with the abstract. Abstracts should be sent electronically to Professor Marilyn Freeman at the email address below. All abstracts will be acknowledged upon receipt, and applicants will be notified of the decision by 11 June 2018. Successful applicants may be invited to provide a written paper for publication in the ICFLPP’s refereed journal to be published after the conference.

For further information about the conference, or to be added to the ICFLPP mailing list, in the first instance please contact the conference administrator on You may also contact Professor Marilyn Freeman at or Dr. Frances Burton at who would be delighted to hear from you.

Please also refer to this website for information about research, activities, and access to the Centre’s journal International Family Law, Policy and Practice. Conference 2019 updates will also be available on the website.

Gender, Inclusivity and Protecting the 21st Century Family

University of Westminster, London, 3-5 July 2019

Contributions will be welcome on all topics related to the broad conference themes including the subjects of our previous conferences upon which we wish to build.

The conference working sessions will be held at The Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, London. In addition, there will be a full and exciting social programme which will include a Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, and Conference Closing Reception. Further details will be provided as they become available.

The Call for Papers will be issued in February 2018 and published on this website. It will also be distributed to those on the ICFLPP mailing list.

If you are not already on the mailing list, and wish to be added, or for any further information about the conference or ICFLPP’s activities, please do contact either Professor Marilyn Freeman or Dr. Frances Burton
We would be delighted to hear from you, and to welcome you to the 2019 conference.

Caterina, the conference administrator, can be contacted on

Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family

Kings’s College, London, 6–8 July 2016

Between 6th and 8th July 2016 over 220 specialists including judges, lawyers, psychologists, academics (and students), researchers, mediators, arbitrators, child evaluators, victims, and representatives of governments, NGOs, police, support groups and the Hague Conference on Private International Law met in London to discuss the three conference themes and related family law topics.

To read the Conclusions and Resolutions from the Centre’s very successful July 2016 Conference, click here.

Click here to see Speakers’ Abstracts, Biographies and PowerPoints.

Click here to see Conference photographs.