1st Edition

Teaching Family Law Reflections on Pedagogy and Practice

Edited By Henry Kha, Mark Henaghan Copyright 2024

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the teaching of an eclectic range of family law topics and the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching family law in different jurisdictions from a varied international perspective.

    Written by leading legal scholars, the book addresses a gap in the scholarship to comprehensively and systematically analyse the teaching of family law. The first part of the book explores ways of teaching the varied range of topics under the heading of family law and captures the diverse approaches to the discipline. Chapters illustrate how the subject can be best taught in an interdisciplinary way that considers feminist perspectives and the philosophy of teaching, while encompassing legal positivism, empirical research and critical legal theory. The second part of the book examines teaching in different jurisdictions and illustrates policy and practice in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and South Africa.

    Showcasing examples of best practice of teaching family law, the book will be an essential reading for legal scholars, as well as researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of family law and legal education.

    Introduction Mark Henaghan and Henry Kha  Part 1: Teaching Family Law Topics 1. Ideologies of Family Law Mark Henaghan  2. Family Property Law: Learning from Best Practice in Teaching Controversial Topics Kathryn O'Sullivan  3. The Use of Family Law Assessments as a Vehicle for Skills Development Lisa Young  4. Comparative Family Law and Family Law Teaching Jens M. Scherpe  5. Family Dispute Resolution: Teaching the Benefits and Challenges Rachael Field  6. Practical Legal Training in ‘Child Law’: Lessons in Collaboration, Emotion and Relationships Tamara Walsh  Part 2: Teaching in Different Jurisdictions 7. Australian Family Law Going Round the Twist: Teaching Opportunities and Challenges Henry Kha  8. Canadian Challenges and Initiatives in Teaching Family Law Martha Bailey  9. Three Pillars: Articulating A Family Law Pedagogy For Hong Kong Anne Scully-Johnson  10. Teaching Parenting Law and Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand Bill Atkin  11. Teaching Family Law in South Africa: Family Law in Flux of Substance and Form Bradley S. Smith  12. Teaching Family Law in England and Wales: The Challenge of Expanding Content and Perspectives Stephen Gilmore  13. Teaching Family Law in the United States: Riding the Rollercoaster Linda D. Elrod  Conclusion Henry Kha and Mark Henaghan


    Henry Kha is Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Australia.

    Mark Henaghan is Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand.