The conference is organized under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland.
It is also supported by the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Jardin des Sciences.

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November 22nd
Simultaneous translation French-German-English during plenary sessions

8h00: Registration: 
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Time Duration Institutions/themes Speakers
9:00 Opening Introduction of conference themes and goals
  20 min ICSP Edward Kruk, Chantal Clot-Grangeat & Oliver Hunziker, Angela Hoffmeyer
  10 min Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
9:45 Plenary s1 Legal Presumption of Shared Parenting as a Children’s Right
    Shared parenting and UN CRC
  20 min Upholding the rights of the child to a family: the perspective of the Council of Europe Regina Jensdottir
Head of Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe
  20 min Child at the center of all decisions: Child well-being and best interest of the child Jean Zermatten
Former President of United Nations Committee for Children’s rights (2007-2013)
  20 min Shared-Parenting and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Edward Kruk
Associate Professor of Social Work
University of British Columbia - Canada
10:45 Break
11:15 Plenary s2 Shared parenting as a fundamental right of legal presumption
  20 min Shared Parenting as a legal presumption and its application in the legal practice. A mere trend in the legal evolution of some countries, or a real mechanism to reduce conflicts between parents? José Manuel de Torres Perea
Professor of Civil Law
University of Málaga - Spain
  20 min The parental consensus model: a reinforced parental responsibility focused on children’s needs Marie-France Carlier
Judge at Namur Family Court (division of Namur and Dinant) - Belgium
  20 min How do we respect children's voices regarding their residential arrangements after parental separation in judicial hearings?

Josiane Bigot
President of the National Convention of Child Protection Associations (CNAPE)
Former judge at the Family Court of the Court of Appeal of Colmar - France

12:15   Social attitudes and knowledge about shared parenting
  40 min Round table 1:

Attachment theory, shared-parenting and the involvement of both parents in children's lives
Blaise Pierrehumbert
PhD, former Privat-Docent in psychology
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Michael Lamb

Professor of Psychology
University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

Moderator: Chantal Clot-Grangeat 
Ph.D., Psychologist – France 
Vice-president of ICSP
13:00 Lunch

14:30-17:00: Workshops (3 rooms in parallel)

17:00-18:00: Posters session (1 room).

18:30: Lecture at Jardin des Sciences (University of Strasbourg) by Pr. Adeline Gouttenoire.

19:30: Town Hall reception 

November 23rd
Simultaneous translation French-German-English during plenary sessions

9:00-11:30: Workshops (3 rooms in parallel)
11:30-12:30: Panel Discussions.

Room 1: French panel: Legislation on Shared Parenting in France  by: Philippe Latombe – Member of the Parliament, Régine Barthélémy – Lawyer, member of the board of the National Council of Bars – and Monia Scattareggia – Manager of Themis, organisation for Children’s Rights in Strasbourg [chair: Michel Grangeat, university Grenoble Alpes and Chantal Clot-Grangeat, Vice-president of CIRA/ICSP].

Room 7: Nordic Panel: Benefits and Challenges in Gender Equality and Shared Parenting. An overview of the shared parenting situation will be presented in the Nordic countries and the new reform being introduced in Denmark on April 1st 2019 with double residence and a new family court. In the panel will be Matts Hertsberg, Chairman of PappaBarn (Sweden) - Heirmir Hilmarsson, Chairman of Freldrajafnretti (Iceland) - Eivind Meland, Representing Mannsforum (Norway) - Jesper Lohse, ICSP Board and Chairman of the Danish Fathers Association (Denmark) and Chair Christine Simon, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - USA

Room 8: Panel Shared Parenting and Family violence. Shazia Choudhry – Department of Law, University of London, Council of Europe expert for the Violence against Women division, Oliver Hunziker, ICSP Vice-President and President of GeCoBi a Swiss federation of associations promoting children’s rights after separation, Edward Kruk, University of British Columbia, ICSP President and Scientific Chair of ICSP Vancouver 2020. [chair: Malin Bergström, University of Stockholm, Sweden).



Plenary 3: Shared parenting, gender equality and work-life balance [Hildegund Sünderhauf and Jesper Lohse]

20 min

Increasing family diversity: A parenting challenge or a threat to child well-being? Lessons from the Families and Societies Project

Livia Olah
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University - Sweden

20 min

Work-life balance: Paternity Leave in OECD countries

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), Yale University School of Medicine - USA

20 min

Fathers on leave caring alone for their children: Insights from Spain

Gerardo Meil
Professor of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Spain

20 min

Young children's health and well-being in shared parenting arrangements: The significance of the co-parenting relationship and other family factors

Malin Bergström
Associate professor in epidemiology - Karolinska Institute and Chess, Stockholm University - Sweden

20 min

Shared parenting and child well-being: Life satisfaction of Spanish adolescents in different family structures

Lluis Flaquer
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Autònoma de Barcelona - Spain

20 min

Extra-judicial parental plans

Adeline Gouttenoire
Professor of Law - University of Bordeaux - France




Plenary 4: Changing national laws and international regulations [Malin Bergström and Oliver Hunziker]

20 min

Mandatory mediation and a legal presumption of shared parenting

Hildegund Sünderhauf
Professor for family law and youth welfare law - Lutheran University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg, Germany

10 min

What Happens When There Is Presumptive 50/50 Parenting Time? Main results of Arizona’s New Child Custody Statute Evaluation

William Fabricius (video edited by Michel Grangeat)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Arizona State University – USA

20 min

Shared parenting within European Court of Human Rights case laws

Kristina Pardalos
Judge (2009-2018) at and Vice-President of the first Section (2016-2018) of European Court of Human Rights - San Marino

40 min

Round Table 2: Children’s rights and shared parenting in national legislation and legal practice: focusing on the French case

Philippe Latombe
Member of the Parliament, France

Régine Barthélémy
Lawyer, member of the board of the National Council of Bars, France

Monia Scattareggia
Manager of Themis, organisation for Children’s Rights in Strasbourg

Moderator: Oliver Hunziker – ICSP Vice-president– Switzerland

20 min

Conference Conclusions

Edward Kruk, Sofia Marinho, Michel Grangeat

10 m

Closing ceremony

ICSP executive board delegates and conference staff


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.