Law lecturer Jonathan Herring will be appearing at the Oxford Literary Festival on Wednesday 26th March at 17.15 to talk about his book, a Very Short Introduction to Family Law, as part of the festival’s schedule of ‘Very Short Introduction’ soapboxes; essentially 15 minutes from the experts. Jonathan asks: what is a family; what makes someone a parent; and what rights should children have? He examines how laws have had to change in line with social changes such as the rise in divorce rates and arrival of surrogate mothers and explains how the family courts often struggle to keep up with change. The talk takes place in the Blackwell’s Marquee, next to the Sheldonian Theatre.