Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Perspective Electives

237: International and Comparative Law: Exploring Family Law across the Globe

Credit Hours



This course explores issues in family law from an international and comparative perspective. The course examines the legal relationship among families and the state, with special emphasis on how human rights doctrine has shaped the role of government in family life. The course compares and contrasts primarily American and European family law on a number of issues, including regulation of marriage, divorce and human rights within the family. Within the short time that we will be meeting, we will address through reading, film and extensive discussion how concepts of family emerge within public policy and law, how cultural norms shape rules for entry to and exit from marriage, and how human rights law impacts families and the individuals within the family.