Author page: David Hodson

In this area of my website I set out items of news, commentary, blogs and articles. The most recent are set out below with a longer list in the right-hand column and many more which can be found using the search facility. Please do get in touch with me about any of these articles and the issues raised.

Moses – Prince of Egypt. Pharaoh, Plagues and Passover

Exodus 12: 3-14 The Passover    Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lam] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbour, having taken into account the number of people…

The Death of Moses

Moses – Prince of Egypt End of an Era Deuteronomy 31:1-8 and Deuteronomy 34:1-10     Joshua to Succeed Moses 31 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the…

Advent

Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning ‘coming’.  For Christians, Advent is much more than just the run-up to Christmas.  It is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, when we also look forward to Jesus’ return, at the end of time.  This season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing…

Divorce reform: my proposals and response to the MOJ consultation

The UK government launched a consultation on divorce reform for England and Wales.  Here is my response.  These are my summary headline comments and proposals: Headline summary   The principle of no-fault divorce was adopted by Parliament in 1996 and nothing has materially changed; there is no need here for a second referendum!   Alongside the campaigning for no-fault divorce,…

The European Court decision on legality of sharia divorce: what is it really about?

A European Court decision in mid-December 2017 in the context of a Islamic divorce pronounced in Syria was bound to create headlines.  Too often these were potentially misleading when the issue of law was a fairly narrow one and moderately legal technical.  Nevertheless, within that legal technical description covers a wider issue of the interrelationship of personal laws and national…

Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility

Overview   As there can be dramatic financial and other differences for an international family in proceedings in one country or another, jurisdiction is fundamentally important.  It is sometimes based on nationality.  But some countries prevent citizens having nationality of more than one country.  International family lawyers need to be aware of which countries allow or prohibit dual nationality  …

The role, benefits and concerns of digital technology in the Family Justice System

Today I has presented a paper on the above at the World Congress of Family Law in Dublin.  Digitalisation is increasing across family justice systems around the world.  The paper looks at the benefits.  It covers the impact on professional practice of lawyers, mediators and judges.  Crucially it looks at the concerns for those who may be disadvantaged and the…

Innovative New International Family Law Arbitration Scheme Announced in Boston

Today (2 June 2017) at the AFCC Annual Conference in Boston, USA, Prof. Patrick Parkinson and I have announced an innovative new scheme to help international families. It is called ‘The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme’ (IFLAS). It will avoid long and expensive forum litigation and will help couples work out where any family differences should be resolved by ascertaining…

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