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Family Law Across Borders

  • 15 credits

In the course Family Law Across Borders will issues concerning the regulation of alternative family constellations, parenthood, pregnancy, custody and care of children, adoption and marriage as well as cohabitation and the distribution of property be explored.

Family Law Across Borders is given as an elective course within the framework of the law program at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Exchange students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law

The pedagogical approach of the course is Socratic, problem-based learning. The objective of the course is to convey a deeper and practical understanding of family law over national borders. The approach will also be interdisciplinary, for example, looking also to sociology and behavioral sciences. The focus for the course will be the legal problems that can arise with respect to the organization, function and dissolution of families in a global context.


  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Family Law Across Borders


    Teaching format

    Instruction is primarily given in the form of seminars. The language of instruction is English.


    The final grade in the course is based on the written and oral presentation of an essay, the written and oral opposition of another student’s essay, and the voluntary seminar introduction.


    Laura Carlson
    Michael Hellner

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester and then used FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

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    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Teaching assistant: 
    Johanna Hale 

    Course manager: 
    Laura Carlson  
    Michael Hellner