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Rethinking Surrogacy Laws

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

In 2014 the Hague Conference on Private International Law report on parentage and surrogacy concluded that “there is a children’s rights imperative” to reconsider existing surrogacy laws internationally. This theme will add to this reconsideration by addressing the legal and ethical issues arising from international and/or domestic surrogacy arrangements.

The convenors will present their research resulting from a University of Canterbury based funded interdisciplinary project entitled Rethinking Surrogacy Laws and would welcome papers which address any aspect of the regulation of surrogacy at a domestic or international level, and its implications for the child, intended parents, and surrogate. It is hoped that this theme and its papers will generate discussion and ideas about how to most appropriately regulate this increasingly prevalent form of family formation.

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 1: Social Sciences Room S0.08

Session Title: Surrogacy, parenthood and construction of the family

Papers: Surrogacy and the Problems of the Binary, Two-Parent Model of Legal Parenthood - A Brown

Surrogacy: A challenge to the traditional legal construction of family. A Nordic perspective - F Semanda

What have genes got to do with it? - R Powell

Tuesday: Session 2: Social Sciences Room S0.08

Session Title: Issues in international surrogacy

Papers: Exploitation in International Paid Surrogacy Arrangements - S Wilkinson

Commercial vs altruistic surrogacy- a principled or imperceptible distinction? - D Wilson

Wednesday: Session 3: Social Sciences Room S0.10

Session Title: Surrogacy Workshop: Networking and Collaboration Opportunities

Old dilemmas, new controversies: Children in international adoption and global surrogacy - G Misca