The conference convenes family law experts from the UK, the US, Canada and Australia.
Professor Carmen Draghici
Carmen Draghici is Professor of Law at City, University of London, where she joined in 2009, specialising in family law in England and Wales and international human rights law. She is also a member of the practice-oriented Centre for Child and Family Law Reform (since 2010).
She was formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program (2015) and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2012). Her recent publications include:
- The Legitimacy of Family Rights in Strasbourg Case Law: ‘Living Instrument’ or Extinguished Sovereignty? (Hart, 2017)
- “Adult Children and Elderly Parents in Strasbourg Proceedings: A Misconstrued Approach to ‘Family Life’” (2018) International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 42
- “Equal Marriage, Unequal Civil Partnership: A Bizarre Case of Discrimination in Europe” (2017) Child and Family Law Quarterly 313.
Professor Ann Cammett
Prof. Ann Cammett from City University of New York School of Law is Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and former Director of the School’s Family Law Practice Clinic. She is also an appointed member of the New York Family Court’s Assigned Counsel Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining CUNY, she was Associate Professor of Law at University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she founded and co-directed the Family Justice Clinic.
Professor Cammett’s scholarly work focuses on intersectional legal issues of race, gender, poverty, mass criminalization and the family. Recent titles include:
- “Reflections on the Challenge of Inez Moore: Family Integrity in the Wake of Mass Incarceration, Moore Kinship Symposium, (2017) 85 Fordham Law Review 2579
- “Welfare Queens Redux: Criminalizing Black Mothers in the Age of Neoliberalism”, (2016) 25 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 363.
Dr. Jodi Lazare
Dr. Jodi Lazare from the Schulich Law School at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is an Associate Professor specialising in family law both as a teaching area and research interest.
Her doctoral dissertation, titled “Judicial Reliance on the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines: Spousal Support and Soft Law across Canadian Jurisdictions”, includes an analysis of the financial consequences of Canada’s no-fault divorce regime. Her current family research focuses on claims for historic child support and the connection between the child support obligation and women and children’s poverty.
She is a regular presenter on family law issues at the National Judicial Institute, Canada’s judicial education organization for federally appointed judges.
Dr. Lazare’s published work in family law includes
- “The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, Soft Law, and the Procedural Rule of Law” (2019) 31:2 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 317
- “Spousal Support in Quebec: Resisting the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines” (2018) 59:4 Cahiers de droit 929
- A Gender-Based Approach to Historical Child Support: Comment on Colucci v Colucci (2022) 34:2 Canadian Journal of Family Law [forthcoming] (with Kelsey Warr).
Professor Lisa Young
Prof. Lisa Young from Murdoch School of Law and Criminology, Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia, is an experienced family law academic and practitioner, lead author of a significant book in her field, Family Law in Australia (9th ed., LexisNexis, 2016), former Editor of the Australian Journal of Family Law, Child Support Senior Case Officer and Chair of the State government’s Care Plan Review Panel.
She has published widely on various aspects of family law, such as parenting disputes, property matters, maintenance and child support, family violence. Her work on divorce includes:
- “Separation: Must a spouse or de facto partner communicate their intention to end the consortium vitae?” (with Jenna Hampton) (2019) 32 Australian Journal of Family Law 250
- “Australia: New Frontiers for Family Law”, International Society of Family Lawyers Review (Jordan Publishing, 2013).