Family Law

Module code: LW3250

Module co-ordinator: Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella 

Module Outline

Family law issues have attracted much public debate and have increasingly been recognised as key areas for legal scholarship. Most students will have their own notion of what a family is or ought to be and this can make the subject more accessible. Family law clients account for a significant proportion of practitioners' case-loads. However, family law has also been acknowledged as being at the forefront of intellectual pursuit, in terms of the inter-disciplinary academic challenges that it raises. This module demonstrates that even the definition of what constitutes a ‘family’ is problematic and touches upon wider socio-legalistic perspectives. The module initially examines nullity, divorce, financial consequences of marital and non-marital breakdown, domestic violence, and family property on death. To be followed by the examination of private and public law and children, adoption law and international child abduction. Students are encouraged not only to comprehend the legal rules but also to read widely around each topic.


  • 44 one-hour lectures
  • Eight one-hour tutorials


  • Exam, two hours (75%)
  • Essay, 2,500 words (25%)