Friday, April 4, 2014
Ira Ellman, Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law, recently gave a presentation in London at a seminar sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council of the U.K., part of a series on Child Maintenance: International Perspectives and Policy Challenges. Ellman presented data from an empirical project he conducted (with British collaborators) involving face-to-face interviews with 3000 members of the British public who were asked what child support amounts they believed the law should require fathers to pay in each of a set of child support cases with systematically varying facts. His talk compared the values the British public indicated the law should advance to the values underlying the actual British law—and to the results from similar studies he conducted (with colleagues) in the U.S. The seminar was attended by leading family law scholars from several European countries, as well as by policy representatives from the U.K. Department of Work and Pensions, which is responsible for child support policy in the U.K.
Ellman served as the Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute project on the Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution and has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals. He is senior author of a leading casebook on family law and an affiliate of U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Child and Youth Policy.
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