“Family as the Crucible of Culture and Society: Inequality, Vulnerability, and Justice Within the Family”

Discovery Partners Institute, Chicago, IL |June 13-14, 2019

200 S. Wacker Dr. Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

**14.00 Illinois MCLE General Credit Hours Available**

The International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference takes place at an important cultural moment in which the status of women in the United States and elsewhere are getting renewed attention. We stand at the cusp of the 40th anniversary of CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and we are nearing the 50th anniversary of the International Society of Family Law.

The conference focuses on revisiting and reimagining the status of women and vulnerable persons in the family, the setting that often shapes our lives more than any other. The conference consciously straddles empirical research on the family, innovative thinking about family law policy, and efforts at engaged policy making. In particular, the Family Law and Policy Program includes scholarships to policy makers who will participate in rich engaged conversations.

This is an exciting time to explore recent innovations in the regulation of families that may promote human flourishing and child welfare, including Illinois’ recent innovations on alimony, the Uniform Law Commission’s recent proposals for parentage, ongoing discussions about support for nonmarital families, and the question of what the inclusion of LBGT families has meant for human flourishing. 

The conference theme is intended to be inclusive, extending to both public and private law, doctrinal and clinical family law approaches, and those from the social sciences. International and comparative approaches are strongly encouraged but not required. Participants are welcome to propose panels or individual presentations.  Participants may participate in multiple formats.


Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois

Margaret Brinig, Fritz Duda Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School (Emerita), South Bend, Indiana

Hilary Gbedemah, Chairperson for CEDAW and Rector at The Law Institute in Accra, Ghana

Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Professor of Law and Founding Head of the Rackman Center at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Michael Strauss, Partner at Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC, Chicago, Illinois

William Sanders, Interim Director, Discovery Partners Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Nearby Accommodations:

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown West Loop

116 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 648-0000

ISFL Conference poster