Contemporary Issues in Family Law, with Sarah Trotter
This is a group for anyone who is interested in the endlessly fascinating and challenging subject that is FAMILY LAW. Perhaps you are a current family law student or one who is writing a dissertation in the subject, in which case you’ll already have been gently pushed in the direction of this group by me (and it’s therefore great to see you reading this blurb); or maybe you studied family law last year and would like to carry on with it in some way this year (in which case, hello again and welcome to round two); or perhaps you’re curious about the subject because it seems to be quite interesting (which it really is, so welcome). You don’t need to have any background in family law to join this group: it’s open to all members of the LSE Law world. What we’ll be doing primarily is considering and reading about contemporary issues in family law; and our aim in doing this will be not only to enhance our collective understanding and knowledge of the field but also more specifically to think about the production of certain narratives both within family law and that affect family law. These are narratives about, for example, what it means to be a child, what consent means in the context of intimate and family life, and what the role of the State is in relation to family life. Our main question will be, as in the tradition of the LSE Family Law course: how should we think about family law?
Each meeting will be focused on the issue on the programme that week, though you are of course welcome to bring additional material to the debate and to propose other points of discussion. The programme below is simply a working programme in that sense and is therefore up for revision. Meetings themselves will be relatively informal – a friendly space for discussing our common interest in family law – and they will absolutely not be like classes, even though the group itself is linked to an LLB option. Naturally, because of the time we are in, meetings will take place over Zoom; but among the benefits of this are that you can come irrespective of whether or not you can go outside your front door on the particular day in question, you can in this particular case join while making your dinner or doing domestic tasks (if your multitasking skills are up to it), you can bring along anyone you live with, and you will get to know other people from across the LSE Law community who you would otherwise not necessarily have been able to meet this year due to COVID-19. So basically, it will be very interesting and really fun.
Michaelmas and Lent Terms, Thursdays at 6-7pm fortnightly from Week 2 of the Michaelmas Term: October 8, 22; November 5, 19; December 3; January 28; February 11, 25; March 11, 25
(NB. This link is for the Michaelmas Term meetings. Another one will follow for the Lent Term.)