This volume gathers influential and cutting-edge scholarship on the international and domestic rights attaching to married couples and other adult relationships. Addressing examples from the European Court of Human Rights, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa, it traces contentious debates about the content of marital rights and responsibilities and whether law should reach beyond marriage, and if so how. Twenty-four essays and a substantial introduction highlight the complexity and contradictions as marital law grapples with gender equality, the aftermath of recognizing gay and lesbian rights, abiding economic inequalities, andexotic issues such as forced marriage and polygamy.

chapter |18 pages


ByRobert Leckey

part I|78 pages

Supranational and international rights

chapter 1|26 pages

Marriage: A Human Right for All?

ByPaula Gerber, Kristine Tay, Adiva Sifris

chapter 3|8 pages

Rape in Marriage and the European Convention on Human Rights

C.R. v. U.K. and S.W. v. U.K.

chapter 4|26 pages

Righting Domestic Violence

ByShazia Choudhry, Jonathan Herring

part II|120 pages

Rights under domestic constitutional and public law

chapter 5|16 pages

Evolving Values, Animus, and Same-Sex Marriage

ByDaniel O. Conkle

chapter 6|18 pages

Love, Freedom and Governance: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

ByKatherine Osterlund

chapter 7|20 pages

Coercion, Consent and the Forced Marriage Debate in the UK

BySundari Anitha, Aisha Gill

chapter 8|16 pages

“Big Love”? The Recognition of Customary Marriages in South Africa

ByPenelope E. Andrews

chapter 9|8 pages

The Prude in the Law: Why the Polygamy Reference is all about Sex

ByDana Phillips

chapter 10|12 pages

Main Section

The regulation of cohabitation in Ireland: achieving equilibrium between protection and paternalism?
ByBrian Tobin

chapter 11|28 pages

Strange Bedfellows †

ByRobert Leckey

part III|100 pages

Interpreting ‘private’ rights

chapter 12|12 pages

Why Financial Orders on Divorce Should be Unfair

ByJonathan Herring

chapter 16|32 pages

I Do, I Will

ByAngela Campbell *

part IV|88 pages

Marital rights’ reach

chapter 17|24 pages

Cohabitants, Property and the Law: A Study of Injustice

ByGillian Douglas, Julia Pearce, Hilary Woodward

chapter 18|22 pages

Same-sex marriage but not mixed-sex partnerships: should the Civil Partnership Act 2004 be extended to opposite-sex couples?

Same-sex marriage but not mixed-sex partnerships
ByRuth Gaffney-Rhys

chapter 20|20 pages

Living Apart Together (LAT) and Law: Exploring Legal Expectations among LAT Individuals in Belgium

ByVicky Lyssens-Danneboom, Sven Eggermont, Dimitri Mortelmans

part V|76 pages

Enforcing rights