1st Edition

Marital Rights

By Robert Leckey Copyright 2017
    506 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume gathers influential and cutting-edge scholarship on the international and domestic rights attaching to married couples and other adult relationships. Addressing examples from the European Court of Human Rights, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa, it traces contentious debates about the content of marital rights and responsibilities and whether law should reach beyond marriage, and if so how. Twenty-four essays and a substantial introduction highlight the complexity and contradictions as marital law grapples with gender equality, the aftermath of recognizing gay and lesbian rights, abiding economic inequalities, and ’exotic’ issues such as forced marriage and polygamy.

    Marital Rights

    Part I: Supranational and international rights

    1. Paula Gerber, Kristine Tay and Adiva Sifris (2014), ‘Marriage: A Human Right for All’, Sydney Law Review, 36(4), pp. 643–668.

    2. Johnson, Paul. 2015. "Marriage, Heteronormativity, and the European Court of Human Rights: A Reappraisal." International Journal of Law Policy and the Family 29 (1): 56-77

    3. Stephanie Palmer (1997), ‘Rape in Marriage and the European Convention on Human Rights’, Feminist Legal Studies, 5(1), pp. 91–97.

    4. Shazia Choudhry and Jonathan Herring (2006), ‘Righting Domestic Violence’, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 20(1), pp. 95–119.

    Part II: Rights under domestic constitutional and public law

    5. aniel O. Conkle (2014), ‘Evolving Values, Animus, and Same-Sex Marriage’, Indiana Law Journal, 89(1), pp. 27–42.

    6. Katherine Osterlund (2009), ‘Love, Freedom and Governance: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada’, Social & Legal Studies, 18(1), pp. 93–109.

    7. Sundari Anitha and Aisha K. Gill (2009), ‘Coercion, Consent and the Forced Marriage Debate in the UK’, Feminist Legal Studies, 17(2), pp. 165–184. Add bios

    8. Penelope E. Andrews (2007), ‘"Big Love"? The Recognition of Customary Marriages in South Africa’, Washington and Lee Law Review, 64(4), pp. 1483–1497.

    9. Dana Phillips (2014), ‘Prude in the Law: Why the Polygamy Reference Is All about Sex’, Appeal, 14, pp. 151–158.

    10. Brian Tobin (2013), ‘The Regulation of Cohabitation in Ireland: Achieving Equilibrium between Protection and Paternalism?', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 35(3), pp. 279–289.

    11. Robert Leckey (2014), ‘Strange Bedfellows’, University of Toronto Law Journal, 64(5), pp. 641–668.

    Part III: Interpreting ‘private’ rights

    12. Jonathan Herring (2005), ‘Why Financial Orders on Divorce Should Be Unfair’, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 19(2), pp. 218–228.

    13. Emma Hitchings (2010), ‘The Impact of Recent Ancillary Relief Jurisprudence in the Everyday Ancillary Relief Case’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 22(1), pp. 93–114.

    14. Helen Rhoades (2005), ‘Equality, Needs, and Bad Behaviour: The "Other" Decision-Making Approaches in Australian Matrimonial Property Cases’, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 19(2): pp. 194–205.

    15. Andrew Hayward (2012), ‘Family Property and the Process of Familialisation of Property Law’, Child and Family Law Quarterly 24(3), pp. 284–303.

    16. Angela Campbell (2014), ‘I Do, I Will’, University of British Columbia Law Review, 47(2), pp. 367–398. Removing image

    Part IV: Marital rights’ reach

    17. Gillian Douglas, Julia Pearce and Hilary Woodward (2009), ‘Cohabitants, Property and the Law: A Study of Injustice’, Modern Law Review, 72(1), pp. 24–47.

    18. Ruth Gaffney-Rhys (2014), ‘Same-Sex Marriage But Not Mixed-Sex Partnerships: Should the Civil Partnership Act 2004 Be Extended to Opposite-Sex Couples?’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 26(2), pp. 173–195.

    19. Winnie Chan (2013), ‘Cohabitation, Civil Partnership, Marriage and the Equal Sharing Principle’, Legal Studies, 33(1), pp. 46–65

    20. Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom, Sven Eggermont and Dimitri Mortelmans (2013), ‘Living Apart Together (LAT) and Law: Exploring Legal Expectations among LAT Individuals in Belgium’, Social & Legal Studies, 22(3), pp. 357–376.

    Part V: Enforcing rights

    21. John Eekelaar (2011), ‘"Not of the Highest Importance": Family Justice under Threat’, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 33(4), pp. 311–317.

    22. Rachel Birnbaum, Nicholas Bala and Lorne Bertrand (2012), ‘The Rise of Self-Representation in Canada’s Family Courts: The Complex Picture Revealed in Surveys of Judges, Lawyers and Litigants’, Canadian Bar Review, 91(1), pp. 67–95.

    23. Lucinda Ferguson (2013), ‘Arbitration in Financial Dispute Resolution: The Final Step to Reconstructing the Default(s) and Exception(s)?’, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 35(1), pp. 115–138.

    24. Robert Dingwall (2010), ‘Divorce Mediation: Should We Change Our Mind?’, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 32(2), pp. 107–117.


    Robert Leckey is Dean of the Faculty of Law and Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.