Consultation on rights of children during surrogacy

Posted on 19 November 2019

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Honorary Fellow of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, organises multi-disciplinary consultation event and speaks at international conferences.


Invited delegates to the London consultation event

In September Marilyn Crawshaw, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, was the UK lead organiser for a regional multi-disciplinary invitation-only consultation event held in London on draft principles for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of surrogacy. This event is part of a series of regional consultations around the world following the recommendation by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children that such principles were needed (UN Doc. A/HRC/37/60). Around 40 people attended, drawn from senior members of the judiciary, law, regulators, social work, psychology, academia, government department as well as children’s rights groups, surrogacy agencies and, importantly, surrogate-born and donor-conceived adults.

Marilyn was also an invited speaker at two international meetings in November. In Berlin, she spoke at the 25th Anniversary Annual conference of the German Society for Donor Insemination on ‘Releasing donor information and facilitating contact between ‘donor relatives’: what needs to be considered?’. And in Bilbao, Spain, Marilyn spoke at a European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology Symposium on ‘Direct to consumer DNA testing: the fallout for individuals and families’.

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