On Friday 1st September 2017, Dr Lydia Bracken of the School of Law convened a conference on Contemporary Issues in Family Formation. The conference was funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme, Strand 4: Knowledge exchange for impact. Strand 4 of the IRC New Foundations Scheme is designed to enhance the impact internationally of Irish research through knowledge exchange. The conference was held in the Analog Devices Building, University of Limerick.
The conference was designed as a knowledge-exchange event to share perspectives and expertise on issues and challenges facing “non-traditional” families in Ireland and to identify best practice for any future reform of Irish law. It was an inter-disciplinary conference addressing legal issues, social challenges and health and social care considerations. Over 100 people registered to attend the conference. The attendees came from a wide range of backgrounds and included legal practitioners, healthcare professionals, representatives of NGOs, parents and prospective parents, academics, students, and many more.