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David Hodson on International Family Law: International surrogacy and judicial continuity

Date:6 OCT 2011

David HodsonBy dint of being let down at the last minute by one of my contributors and with the deadline for submitting to my publishers the second edition of the Jordans international book approaching in a matter of days I found myself on Saturday morning getting to grips with international surrogacy law and practice admittedly after good preparation from the Rugby. And as I discovered what a fascinating area it is. It combines the very recent elements of biotechnology in the arena of fertilisation grapples with the conundrum of surrogacy parenting by both male and female commissioning same-sex couples and yet at heart is concerned about the very best interests of children especially from Third World countries. As with adoption there are strict penalties and prohibitions on anything which hints of buying children from poor countries.

Yet the law is very realistic. It appreciates expenses have to be paid. It acknowledges expenses may need to be more generous in some countries...

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