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Babies without Borders: Human rights, International Commercial Surrogacy and the Regulation of Reproduction

Start/End Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:15 PM EDT -- 01:15 PM EDT
Location Name Case Lounge, Room 701

Speaker: Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization, SIPA; Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University. 
Non-pizza lunch will be served 
RSVP not required, but encouraged - email cgao@law.columbia.edu 

Who is a mother? How should gestation be understood? In commercial surrogacy are women selling their services as gestators or are they selling the end-products of the gestation, i.e. children?  And, when many states are involved,  who can decide and on what basis? These questions have become increasingly urgent as conflicts among legal systems have placed children born as a result of international commercial surrogacy arrangements at risk of being “marooned stateless and parentless.” Is an international agreement possible? And, how might it be guided by international human rights law?