Podcast
18.09.2020

The construction of fatherhood: The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

At the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium, Alice Margaria, Research Fellow at the MPI for Social Anthropology, discussed the main findings of her book.

In an online presentation hosted on 16 September 2020 by the Centre for Fundamental Rights in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology, Alice Margaria, Research Fellow at the MPI for Social Anthropology, discussed the findings of her book, The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Michaela Kreyenfeld, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School, also took part in this event offering her perspective as a family sociologist. The discussion took place in the framework of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium and was moderated by Alexandre Skander Galand, postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Margaria argued that the image of the father as sketched by the Court encompasses both change and continuity. “The father has indeed been reconstructed as a human being displaying not only conventional features, but also participation in care or at least caring intentions,” explained Margaria. Reflecting upon the genesis of such definition, Margaria shed light on the roles played by the doctrines of interpretation at the Court’s disposal. After pointing to the intricate relationships between doctrines and the construction of fatherhood, Margaria concluded that the emerging image of the father is often the outcome of both the doctrinal path undertaken by the Court and its own moral views on fatherhood.  

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