23 Jun 2016

International surrogacy and the law

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 23 June 2016

What are the laws surrounding cross border surrogacy in this country and abroad? A number of nations have recently banned international surrogacy, including Mexico, Thailand, India, Cambodia, and Nepal. But as the surrogacy industry grows, there are calls from some quarters for a loosening of international and domestic restraints on surrogacy arrangements. Others have strong concerns about the ethics of surrogacy. Earlier this year the Hague Conference on Private International Law held a meeting involving 20 nations, to try to establish a wider consensus on the issue. New Zealand's representative at the meeting was Auckland Family lawyer Margaret Casey QC.