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Ethnic Minorities, Their Families and the Law

Editor(s): John Murphy
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Published: 07-11-2000
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781901362596
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £70.00
Online price : £63.00
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About Ethnic Minorities, Their Families and the Law

The English law on ethnic minorities has only been intermittently the focus of academic interest,and nowhere is this more true than in respect of family law. Yet a great number of the most topical and burning issues in family law centre upon, or involve, questions concerning ethnic minorities. Furthermore, in the light of the significance of recent legislation - for example the Children Act of 1989 and the Family Law Act of 1995 - much of what has already been written in the area has become rather dated or superseded altogether.

These essays consider systematically, and in a stimulating fashion, the main areas of English domestic law that impinge particularly acutely upon ethnic minority families. The collection spans private law, public law, social policy and social theory. The first part deals with the law relating to children. The second part concerns the duties owed too ethnic minority families and their members by local authorities, the courts and the police. The final section contains essays with an international dimension.

Written by recognised experts, these essays contain much by way of comparative and international material, and will be of interest to practising family lawyers as well as students and teachers of law.

Table Of Contents

Part I Children

1. Images of Child Welfare in Child Abduction Appeals
Michael Freeman

2. Local Authority Support for Ethnic Minority Children
Martin L. Parry

3. Child Welfare in Transracial Adoptions: Colour-blind Children and Colour-blind Law
John Murphy

Part II International Issues

4. Recognition of Foreign Divorces: Unwarrantable Ethnocentrism
Abla Mayss

5. The Discretionary Refusal of Recognition of Foreign Marriages
John Murphy

6. Indigenous Children in Australian Law
John Dewar

7. Rhetoric and Reality in Inter-country Adoptions: Divergent Principles and Stratified Status
John Murphy

Part III Miscellaneous Issues

8. Double Jeopardy: Race and Domestic Violence
Ada Kewley

9. State Support for Housing Ethnic Minority Households: Spatial Segregation and Ghettoisation?
David Cowan

10. Healthcare Law for a Multi-faith Society
Jonathan Montgomery


“This set of essays provides a comprehensive account of key ethnic minority centered issues faced by students and teachers of family law, as well as lawyers with ethnic minority clients. It highlights some of the main areas of English domestic and conflicts law which require more thought concerning the way in which ethnic minority families are affected.” –  The Review Editor, Reference and Research Book News

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