Interesting new book: The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

Alice Margaria (Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung) has published The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge Univ. Press 2019). Here’s the abstract:

The book tackles one of the most topical socio-legal issues of today: how the European Court of Human Rights is responding to shifting practices and ideas of fatherhood. The jurisprudential analysis is situated in a context of social change that offers radical possibilities for the fragmentation of the conventional father figure and therefore urges decisions upon what kind of characteristics makes someone a legal father. In a range of paradigmatic domains, this book explores the Court’s understanding of what it means to be a father today, and whether care is valued at all. It also reflects on the genesis of the Court’s (re-)construction of fatherhood, thus shedding light on the roles played by doctrines of interpretation.

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