Welcome to our research page!

On the following pages you will find detailed information about the research conducted by the University of Heidelberg and the University of Aberdeen prior to the Heidelberg Conference with regard to the EU project “Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide”.

Book "Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide" can now be ordered
The book "Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide" that arose as a result of the EU project and which is edited by Professor Paul Beaumont, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hess, Lara Walker and Stefanie Spancken, is now available and can be ordered here.

In addition, you can also find information and documents on exciting research projects and studies on the subject of international recovery of maintenance from around the world.


Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide

Research within the project was carried out by the University of Aberdeen (Prof. Paul R. Beaumont and Lara Walker) and the University of Heidelberg (Prof. Burkhard Hess und Stefanie Spancken).

The University of Aberdeen has drafted a questionnaire for all EU member states in order to examine the implementation of the EU Maintenance Regulation in its first year of operation. Please click here for a more detailed description of the research activities of Prof. Paul R. Beaumont and Lara Walker from the University of Aberdeen.

The University of Heidelberg pursued a qualitative research approach. This included an analysis of how the Maintenance Regulation is implemented in the EU member states as well as research on the cooperation between the Central Authorities. Click here for an explanation of the research activities of Prof. Burkhard Hess and Stefanie Spancken.


Maintenance Matters: An Assessment of the Operation of the Maintenance Act 9 of 2003

In 2013, the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in Windhoek, Namibia, published a study on the application of the Namibian Maintenance Act 9 of 2003. The study assesses the application of the Maintenance Act with the view ascertaining whether the Act is serving its intended purpose effectively. The study also contains a review of the importance of maintenance, a summary of how the Namibian Maintenance Act was developed, an analysis of some of the Act’s key provisions, a review of international practice regarding maintenance legislation and recommendations for fine-tuning the Namibian law and regulations and for improving the implementation of the Act.

The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) is a non-governmental organisation. The main objective of the LAC is to protect the human rights of all Namibians. The LAC works in five broad areas: litigation, information and advice, education and training, research, law reform and advocacy.

For further information click here.