Strasbourg 2018

International Conference on Shared Parenting

The conference was organized under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland. 

It was also supported by the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Jardin des Sciences. 

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Conference Conclusions 2018
International Conference on Shared Parenting

In accordance with the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ICSP calls upon the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe, governments and professional associations:

1. to identify shared parenting as a fundamental right of the child.

2. to focus on the specific need of children of separated and divorced parents to know and be raised by both of their parents, and to endorse shared parenting as best ensuring that this need is protected.

3. to respect the views of children of separated and divorced parents in regard to their stated preferences for post-separation living arrangement.

4. to clearly, define and operationalize the concept of the “best interests of the child” in the context of parental separation, toward an evidence-based, child-focused understanding of “best interests.”

5. to identify shared parenting as in the best interests of the child, as it maintains children’s relationship with both parents and reduces conflict between parents.

6. to ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of children of separated and divorced parents, and to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect these children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including parental alienation as a form of emotional child abuse and family violence.

We call upon governments and employers:

7. to institute family policies that support and protect both parents’ involvement in work and family life, including equal support for mothers and fathers in regard to parental leave and leave for family reasons.

We call upon the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe, and International Institutions:

8. to take measures to ensure that member states do not discriminate against children of separated and divorced parents on the basis of parental status, specifically in regard to removing a parent from the daily life of a child.

9. to encourage states that are signatories to the Convention to adopt shared parenting as the foundation of family law.

Register to the fourth International Conference on Shared Parenting

'Shared Parenting, Social Justice and Children´s Rights'

The fourth International Conference on Shared Parenting will be held in Strasbourg, France on Nov 22-23, 2018 at Palais de l’Europe. The theme of this conference is: Shared Parenting, Social Justice and Children´s Rights. The program of the conference offers the opportunity to hear leading international experts including:

  • Regina Jensdottir, Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe
  • Jean Zermatten, President and Member of UN committee for Children’s rights (2005-2013), University of Geneva – Switzerland
  • Edward Kruk, Associate Professor of Social Work, ICSP/CIRA President, University of British Columbia – Canada
  • José Manuel de Torres Perea, Professor of Civil Law, University of Málaga – Spain
  • Marie-France Carlier, Judge at Namur Family Court (division of the Namur and Dinant Family Court) – Belgium
  • Josiane Bigot, President of the Federation of Child Protection Associations (FAPE), Former judge at the Court of Cassation of Colmar – France
  • Blaise Pierrehumbert, PhD, former Privat-Docent in psychology, University of Lausanne - Switzerland
  • Michael Lamb, Professor of Psychology, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
  • Livia Olah, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University – Sweden
  • Christine Simon, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – USA
  • Derrick Gordon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine – USA
  • Gerardo Meil, Professor in Sociology, University Autónoma of Madrid – Spain
  • Malin Bergström, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University – Sweden
  • Lluis Flaquer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
  • Adeline Gouttenoire, Professor of Law, University of Bordeaux – France
  • Hildegund Sünderhauf, Professor for family law and youth welfare law, Lutheran University of applied sciences, Nuremberg – Germany
  • William Fabricius, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University – USA

The conference intends to report how, within judicial systems and social work practices, both parents are recognized as vital in their children’s lives, even after separation and divorce. It will explore how shared parenting seems a means for keeping with the principles and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Thus, a focus of the conference is to stress how shared parenting, viewed as in the best interests of children of separated parents, is a crucial issue for practitioners and policymakers around the globe, regarding the alignment of national law and practices with the articles of the UN CRC.

The conference is structured along four main questions. First, what are the existing legal systems and the challenges regarding the legal presumption of shared parenting as a children’s right, in different countries? Second, what are the current trends and research outcomes regarding social attitudes and knowledge about shared parenting? Third, to what extent could shared parenting, gender equality and work-life balance be combined to improve health and wellbeing of children whose parents are separated? Fourth, how should national laws and international regulations be adapted for considering these social evolutions?

International specialists in the field of shared parenting – representing both the academic sciences, and the legal and family professions – has been invited to present their recent research results and professional practices at this interdisciplinary conference.

The scientific committee, chaired by Pr. Michel Grangeat and Dr. Chantal Clot-Grangeat, selected papers from seventeen countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Kenya and Iran. To ensure the quality of the presentations and to facilitate the discussions, two workshops and poster sessions will offer the opportunity for exchanging about new research outcomes, and helpful professional or collective practices.

The ICSP conference Strasbourg 2018 is organized solely from the own funds of the International Council on Shared Parenting. This conference is important to support the rights of the child and all children. You can support the success of the Conference with a donation by clicking here. The donation will be used to promote the Conference, support for the travel costs of a person coming from an emerging country (Africa, Middle East, etc.), simultaneous translation costs and for the ICSP work.

About the Organizers:

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), founded 2014 and based in Bonn, Germany, is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is first, the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and second, to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting. Website:

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