Dr Marilyn Freeman, B.A. (Hons) LL.M, PhD (King's College, London) is Reader in Family and Child Law at London Metropolitan University, where, for many years, she has specialised in child law. Although not currently in practice at the Bar, she retains a door tenancy at a leading set of family law chambers.
Her research interests extend to various aspects of child law but, in particular, that of international child abduction. She has been regularly invited to international fora to deliver papers on this topic and is a member of the Legal Working Group of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on International Child Abduction.
During a period as a research scholar at UTS (Sydney) she completed a 2-year research project on behalf of reunite into the Outcomes for Children Returned Following an Abduction, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and subsequently conducted a project on behalf of reunite, funded by the Department for Constitutional Affairs, investigating the effects of international child abduction.
She has undertaken research on behalf of reunite, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, into the operation of the UK-Pakistan Protocol regarding child abduction between those two countries, and is shortly to commence research for reunite, funded by the Ministry of Justice, into the leave to remove jurisdiction, particularly considering any impact on contact and the issue of international child abduction.
Among her many publications on this matter, she has published a Special Edition of Occasional Papers on the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, International Child Abduction and Related Issues, Part 11, 2002 (see Contemporary Issues Concerning International Child Abduction and the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, reunite, 2002).
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The Effects and Consequences of International Child Abduction, 32 Family Law Quarterly 3  603
Rights of Custody and Access under The Hague Child Abduction Convention – “A Questionable Result”? 31 California Western International Law Journal  39.
Primary Carers and The Hague Child Abduction Convention, International Family Law  140.
Research Project Concerning Return Orders, Primary Carers and Their Children, International Family Law  153
The Research Project Report (2003) (“The Outcomes Report”) may be found on www.reunite.org. The Research findings were summarised by Elizabeth Walsh, Editor, for the readers of Family Lawand International Family Law and appear at 33 Family Law  854 and International Family Law  6
Abduction Outcomes, International Family Law  171
Occasional Papers on the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, International Child Abduction and Related Issues, Part 11, 2002, reunite.
The Hague Child Abduction Convention – An Uneven Playing Field, Part 1: The Voice Of The Child In Hague Convention Proceedings
- The Hague Child Abduction Convention – An Uneven Playing Field, Part 11: Legal Aid and the Role of Administrative Proceedings
- The Comparative Interpretation of Article 13b of The 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention
- The Enforcement of Hague Convention Orders
- The 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention – “Still Working After All These Years”.
In the Best Interests of Internationally Abducted Children – Plural, Singular, Neither or Both?International Family Law  77
Child Abduction – A Role for Mediation? International Family Law  104 Co-authored with Anne-Marie Hutchinson, OBE and Henry Setright, QC.
The Hague Child Abduction Convention – Current Developments in Hague Convention Jurisprudence, or “A Universal Vaccine for a Mutating Virus”. Contemporary Issues In Law, Volume 6, Issue 4, 2002/3, Lawtext. Co-authored with Henry Setright, Q.C.
International Child Abduction – The Effects, (2006) www.reunite.org
The Effects of International Child Abduction, International Family Law  129
Half price for Children? The voice of the child and the child’s fight for party status in cases on international child abduction.  IFL 177, co-authored with Anne-Marie Hutchinson, OBE
Abduction and the Voice of the Child: re M and After, co-authored with Anne-Marie Hutchinson,September  IFL 163
The UK-Pakistan Protocol Research Project, www.reunite.org 2009
When the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention Does Not Apply: The UK Pakistan Protocol,  IFL 181
Relocation - The reunite Research Project, www.reunite.org 2009
Re I – The erfect Storm, Family Law and Practice , 1, 7.
Relocation – The reunite Research Project, International Family Law  161
International Research Evidence on Relocation: Past, Present and Future, co-authored with Dr. Nicola Taylor, University of Otago, New Zealand (in press), Family Law Quarterly