Activity 2.11 – Civil Law: Modernization of Family and Succession Law

This activity involves a 6-day seminar on the Modernization of Family and Succession Law
The main goal of this activity is to initiate the study and discussion at the university level of the modernization and updating of Family Law and Succession Law taking into account the evolution of legislation in Europe and in the Philippine during the last century.

The specific objectives of this activity are:

a)To identify those areas of Philippine Family Law and Succession Law that need to be updated and modernized in order to adapt to the new needs of today’s society.
b) To compare them with the Spanish and European Family Law that is currently being updated and revised.
c) To analyse the most significant academic works on Succession Law in order to establish the criteria to update and revise this branch on Law.
d) To analyse the main institutions that in accordance with modern criteria Family Law and Succession Law should contain.
e) To analyse the updating of Family Law and Succession Law through the codification of jurisprudential figures.
f) To present jurisprudential studies made on Spanish Family Law and Succession Law that have been published by Editors Aranzadi.
g) To study the solutions provided to these matters in the reforms carried out in European countries.
h) To analyse of the adequacy of future incorporation of the above solutions into Philippine law through a comparative study of legal institutions.
i) To support the creationn/updating of subjects in the curriculum of the Bachelor or Master of Laws degree in one or more universities in the Philippines that addresses the modernization of the Family Law and Succession Law in the Philippines.
(j) To initiate a debate within the Philippine judiciary and university that may serve as a seed for future reform and updating of its Family Law and specially Succession Law, as a starting point for a comprehensive revision of the Philippine Civil Code which has been in force since 1950, and the Family Code of the Philippines adopted by the  Executive Order No. 209 July 6, 1987, and the Child & Youth Welfare Code of the Philippines adopted by the Presidential Decree No. 603, December 10, 1974.
December 2023
Responsible for the activity: José Manuel de Torres Perea

José Manuel Martín Fuster (UMA)
Leticia Fontestad Portalés (UMA)
José Manuel Cabra Apalategui (UMA)
Francisco Pereira Coutinho (UNL)
Gonzalo Martínez Etxeberria (UDeusto)
University of the Philippines & University of San Agustin UP/USA
This course is based on the recent Spanish experience, especially after the reforms of 1981 and following years in order to adapt the Spanish Family Law to the requirements of the Spanish Constitution of 1978; and the contributions of Spanish scholars in matter of Succession Law.
To be implemented
Expected Outputs:

1) seminars;
2) audience of at least 40 people
3) at least 70% attendees who respond the survey satisfied with the event, consider the activity as professionally useful and find that its ducational content correspond to the Philippines’ reality
4) Existence of communication efforts to provide event information to attendees
Achieved Outputs:
To be described

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