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Law and Practice of Surrogacy

  • The legal regime of surrogacy in Europe
  • Reframing parenthood?
  • Surrogacy and human rights
  • Is there a need for action?

Cambridge, 25 June 2018 – 26 June 2018

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Over the past 15 years, we have seen the rapid expansion of surrogacy, both in frequency and in geographical scope. Across Europe, there are vast differences in approach, ranging from prohibitive regimes (e.g. France and Germany) to the more tolerant (e.g. England and Wales) and those that adopt a regulatory approach (e.g. Greece). For surrogates, intended parents and children, the situation remains highly complex and fraught with legal difficulties.

This conference will discuss the legal regime of surrogacy in the EU Member States and will also address how such systems operate in the context of employment law. It will discuss questions of parenthood and conflict of laws through the lens of domestic law in European jurisdictions, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Key topics

  • The legal regime of surrogacy in the EU Member States and beyond
  • Surrogacy in the context of employment law
  • Surrogacy and human rights
  • Re-framing parenthood?
  • Filiation, ART and surrogacy: what comes next?

Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice dealing with family law, interest group representatives, judges, notaries, ministry officials and academics.
Fees in €:
EU and ERA patrons
Young lawyers and other groups
Discount Voucher Code (see details below)
More details about the fees and discounts

The registration fee includes lunch, coffee breaks and the conference documents. If you are also registering for the evening function a contribution of £39  has to be paid.

Early registration discount

10 % before 25.05.2018

Discounts available
25 % - For young lawyers up to 30 years of age (important: the participant must provide a copy or details of his or her passport or identity card on registration); Full-time staff of universities or comparable academic institutions; Staff of charitable organisations or comparable institutions

25 % - Discount Voucher Code
If you have a discount voucher code, please enter the code in the Voucher Field when you register.

40 % - Staff of European Union institutions and agencies;
Staff of ERA’s patrons (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the German states, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, City of Trier)

40% - Fellows of the European Law Institute

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Conference Organisers
ERA (Dr Angelika Fuchs) in cooperation with Cambridge Family Law, University of Cambridge


Dr Angelika Fuchs

Tabea Lüth



Accommodation for conference attendees and accompanying persons is available in the traditional Selwyn College, located in Cambridge and right next to the conference and dinner venue. Click here for further information.

Conference Dinner

After a day’s intensive exchange, enjoy the conference dinner in the Main Hall of beautiful Selwyn College. Click here for further information.


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