Cross-Border Recognition of Formalized Same-Sex Relationships

This book focuses on the civil status validity of formalized relationships of same-sex couples when such couples move across borders between EU Member States. The Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, are used as examples of States that are less accommodating of same-sex relationships concluded abroad.
Laima Vaige
European Family Law
boek | verwacht | 1e editie
september 2022 | xliv + 480 blz.

€ 145,-

ISBN 9781839702563

Verschijnt 10 september 2022


Same-sex relationships have successively qualified for formalization through marriage or registered partnership in many European countries. However, some EU Member States still refuse to give them any form of recognition or only allow very limited legal effects. The irregular speed of development in domestic family laws in EU Member States results in “limping family” relations, that is, family relations that are recognised as creating a formal civil status in many EU Member States, but not in all of them. The ordre public safeguard of private international law has widely been used to justify why a same-sex marriage or registered partnership cannot be recognised. The pretext tends to be that national identity, allegedly, becomes threatened. Nevertheless, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of European Union provides new standards for recognition, which create legal obligations for EU Member States.

The author focuses on the interaction between human rights standards and private international law, carrying out a deft investigation of the impact of “Europeanization” on this interaction, analysing legal effects of same-sex marriages and registered partnerships in the Baltic States and Poland in a cross-border context. The central theme in this book is the elusive and ever-changing concept of ordre public, and the interplay between its understanding(s) at the national and European levels.

The aim of this book is to evaluate the impact of culture in this area of study, within the context of the analysed States’ recent histories, societal developments, and religions. This book is published at a time of clashes between traditional family values and gender equality in Europe. In States like Lithuania and Poland, the heterosexual nature of marriage is considered to be a fundamental component of the State’s national identity and public policy. Nevertheless, the book reveals how different legal understandings of national identity, ordre public, and the family can co-exist in parallel.

LAIMA VAIGE has defended 2 doctorates: at Uppsala University, Sweden (2021) and at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania (2017). Currently she is a senior lecturer in law at Örebro university, Sweden.


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