Hague conference on international parentage and surrogacy

1st November 2019

Rachael Kelsey represented the IAFL at the Hague Conference on Private International Law meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy.

From 29 October to 1 November 2019, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the sixth time in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 22 Experts from different States, three observers and members of the Permanent Bureau. The mandate of the Group is “to explore the feasibility of advancing work (…) on the private international law issues surrounding the status of children, including issues arising from international surrogacy arrangements”.

 The Group focused on proposing provisions for developing both: 

  • a general private international law instrument on the recognition of foreign judicial decisions on legal parentage; and
  • a separate protocol on the recognition of foreign judicial decisions on legal parentage rendered as a result of an international surrogacy arrangement. 

The Experts’ Group also discussed the feasibility of making provisions in relation to applicable law rules and public documents. The report can be found here. If you are interested in knowing more about International Surrogacy Arrangements you can contact Rachael or Robert Gilmour.

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