The Impact of Institutions and Organisations on European Family Law
Edited by Jens M. Scherpe
Chapter 6: The impact of the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) on European family law
For more than a decade the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) has been working in the field of European comparative family law, doing so from a purely academic perspective. The CEFL collects, analyses and compares the family law approaches and solutions of the European jurisdiction countries in order to draft non-binding Principles of European Family Law. In so doing, the CEFL supports reform endeavours which try to modernise national family laws. In 2004, the Principles of European Family Law Regarding Divorce and Maintenance between Former Spouses were published, followed by the Principles of European Family Law Regarding Parental Responsibilities in 2007. In 2013, Principles of European Family Law Regarding Property Relations between Spouses were published, covering the general rights and duties of spouses, marital agreements and two matrimonial property regimes: participation in acquisitions and the community of acquisitions. This chapter will outline the aims of the CEFL and the ideas and values underpinning the Principles of European Family Law and thus the work of CEFL in general. In order to determine which aims such principles could and should have it is prudent first to examine the working method of the CEFL as well as the existing outcomes, embodied in the sets of principles mentioned above. The CEFL developed its own working method immediately after its formation, which it has used ever since.
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