International Workshop on National Approaches to Surrogacy

30 August – 1 September 2011

workshopFrom 30 August to 1 September 2011 the Law School of the University of Aberdeen hosted an ‘International Workshop on National Approaches to Surrogacy’. The Workshop was organized by Professor Beaumont and Dr Trimmings as a part of their project ‘International Surrogacy Arrangements: An Urgent Need for a Legal Regulation at the International Level’.

The Workshop was generously funded by the Law School of the University of Aberdeen, the Nuffield Foundation, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Clark Foundation. The Workshop brought together specialists from a number of jurisdictions to share information on their domestic approaches to surrogacy.

There were 22 jurisdictions represented at the Workshop: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

Speakers presented ‘national reports’ on surrogacy, with a focus on domestic and private international law approaches to surrogacy in their respective jurisdictions. Additionally, a speaker from the Hague Conference on Private International Law addressed the question of whether there were possible ‘lessons’ that could be learnt from the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention for any potential future instrument on surrogacy. A paper was also presented analysing the need for regulation of cross-border surrogacy from the human rights perspective.

Finally, Professor Beaumont and Dr Trimmings presented a paper setting out their preliminary thoughts on a possible future Hague Convention regulating international surrogacy arrangements. The Workshop contributions, along with the final report of the research project, will be published in 2012 in a book edited by Katarina Trimmings and Paul Beaumont and published by Hart publishing.