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2017 International Child Support Symposium

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Date: 4–5 December 2017
Venue: TD121 Hawthorn Campus

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The 2017 International Child Support Symposium is a conference for discussion and debate of social policies relating to child support, post separation finances, family and gender.

The symposium aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to provide an opportunity to explore research and practice.

Keynote speaker

Ms Maja Groff is a Senior Legal Officer from Permanent Bureau at The Hague. She has served as a member of the International Law and United Nations Committees of the New York City Bar Association. Ms Groff has authored several Permanent Bureau Preliminary Documents on access to foreign law, operational issues under the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the cross-border recognition and enforcement of civil protection orders.

Ms Groff is the international law correspondent for the Canadian practitioner publication Wilson on Children and the Law (Lexis Nexis), and lectures on private and public international law, human rights, and access to justice matters. She actively contributes to civic and charitable causes assisting at risk children and youth and addressing corporate social responsibility.

Call for papers

Expressions of interest are now open for abstracts addressing the following topics:

  • Post separation finance
  • Child poverty
  • Family vulnerability
  • New family forms
  • Human and economic rights
  • Gender

Submissions close Friday 28 July 2017


For all enquiries please email

The symposium is hosted by Swinburne University's School of Social Sciences together with Australian National University (ANU).

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