When Globalization Hits Home: International Family Law Comes of Age

61 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2006

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Barbara Stark

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Abstract

International family law (IFL) is where the enormous abstract forces of 'globalization' and 'human rights' become real, immediate, and personal. A N.Y. Times reporter went to Ethiopia to cover the AIDS crisis and came home with an AIDS orphan. Elian Gonzalez's mother tried to escape from Cuba with her 6 year old son. After she drowned, his Miami relatives sought to prevent his return to Cuba and to the father who in fact had joint custody of the boy. His return, some claim, cost Al Gore Miami. IFL, in short, is where globalization hits home. Part I of this Article explains how globalization affects IFL. Part II explains how human rights law affects IFL. Part III explains how, in response, IFL has come of age and how it is affecting globalization and human rights law.

Keywords: Family law, international law, human rights, globalization

Suggested Citation

Stark, Barbara, When Globalization Hits Home: International Family Law Comes of Age. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, November 2006; Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910291

Barbara Stark (Contact Author)

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

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