Research Colloquium

Book launch and discussion "The Construction of Fatherhood: The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights" with author Alice Margaria

Alice Margaria will open the programme of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium for the new academic year with a presentation of her book, The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Michaela Kreyenfeld will be a discussant of the book.

The book investigates 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.

Cambridge University Press is giving a 20% discount on the book. To claim the discount, simply visit the publisher's website and enter the code COF2020 at the checkout.



Alice Margaria is Research Fellow at the Max Planck for Social Anthropology, Department of ‘Law and Anthropology’ (Halle, Germany). She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute (Florence). Her research interests lie at the intersection of family law, diversity and human rights. Her current project explores the ECtHR’s response to cultural and religious diversity in the context of parent-child relationships through a legal-anthropological lens. Apart from the book The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (CUP, 2019), her recent publications include: 'Parenthood and Cross-Border Surrogacy: What Is ‘New’? The ECtHR’s First Advisory Opinion' 2020 28(2) Medical Law Review 412-425; ‘Trans Men Giving Birth and Reflections on Fatherhood: What to Expect?’ 2020 34(3) International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (forthcoming) – original version on SSRN. 


Michaela Kreyenfeld is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School. Her research focuses on family behaviour, life course analysis, social policy and migration. Until 2016, she led the research group Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. Between 2005 and 2012, she was a Junior Professor of Demography at Rostock University. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). Kreyenfeld is on the board of the German Society of Demography (DGD) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Research and of Comparative Population Studies. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and she serves on the Expert Commission for Population Projections of the Federal Statistical Office Germany. Currently, she is also a member of the Expert Commission for the ”Ninth Family Report of the German Government.” She studied social science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Rostock in 2002.

This event is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Prior registration is required. Registered attendees will receive the dial-in details as well as a draft paper, on which the presentation is based, via e-mail prior to the event.

To register please visit the event page on Eventbrite.


Hosted by the Center for Fundamental Rights in cooperation with Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Law and Anthropology Department