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Forced Marriages and the Role of Legislation




Registration & refreshments 18.00, Lecture 18.30, Networking & refreshments 19.30

Forced Marriages and the Role of Legislation

Forced marriages and the so-called "honour killings" which are sometimes associated with them have been the subject of widespread concern, and serious study for over a decade. Legislation has recently been introduced and the first cases were heard under the new law last year. City University London's Centre for Child and Family Law Reform under the chairmanship of Professor Hugh Bevan contributed to the debate.

This lecture will consider the background to the legislation, the scheme of the Act; experience of the law in practice and the wider question of whether more needs to be done and if so what. It will draw on the experience of those who have been directly involved with the cases which have been heard so far and ask whether the proposals put forward by the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform, involving limited reforms to Criminal Law, have a role to play.

His Honour Judge Donald Cryan is the chairman of the Advisory Committee of the City Law School, City University London and has been a member of the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform for more than a decade. He was one of the authors of its paper on forced marriages. He was appointed a circuit judge in 1996 and for most of that time has sat in the Family Division of the High Court. He served for two four year terms as the Designated Family Judge (the lead judge) for Kent, one of the largest and most diverse areas in the country. Judge Cryan has served on a number of committees of the Judicial Studies Board and chaired its Family and Magisterial Subcommittee, editing the Family Magisterial Bench Book. He is a bencher of the Inner Temple, where he is currently serving on its Education and Training Committee. He has lectured in the UK, Australia and Japan.

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12.00am - 12.00amThursday 18th February 2010