Balancing Cultural Claims and Universal Rights in Finnish Family Law

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This chapter addresses cultural and religious diversity in Finnish family law. It reviews legislation, case law and existing research on the institution of marriage, divorce and some specific issues related to how the rights of the child and the best interests of child are understood in Finnish law. It is observed that although culture and religion are important factors in the organization of family life within cultural and religious communities and also hold relevance for relations between the state and communities, ‘cultural claims’ have not been common in the field of family law. It is argued that cases involving identity-based demands related to children may reach courts more easily than those that relate only to adults. The chapter draws on emerging research which has focused mainly on family practices of Muslims in Finland. All in all, Finnish courts seem to be rather skilful in striking a balance between cultural claims and universal rights.
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
OtsikkoNormativity and Diversity in Family Law: Lessons from Comparative Law
ToimittajatNadjma Yassari, Marie-Claire Foblets
Sivumäärä24
JulkaisupaikkaCham
KustantajaSpringer International Publishing
Julkaisupäivä2022
Sivut303-326
ISBN (painettu)978-3-030-83105-9
ISBN (elektroninen)978-3-030-83106-6
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa

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