Regulating surrogacy in the Nordic countries

During the past few years the issue of surrogacy has emerged in a number of European countries as an issue of contention and debate. A number of cases, such as in Iceland and Norway, have prompted policy makers and legislators to reconsider the issues surrounding surrogacy in an attempt to solve legal dilemmas in which the status of children born through surrogacy have ended up in a uncertain legal standing as to guardianship and nationality. Countries, such as Iceland, are considering legalising surrogacy as a result. Surrogacy also raises a number of timely issues related to reproductive labour and tourism, which are difficult to regulate from a legal perspective since they are often transnational in nature. With the view to liberalized Icelandic legislation – what are the consequences for and the response of the other Nordic countries? The purpose of this joint workshop is to bring together key people in the Nordic countries where the issue of surrogacy is being re-visited from a legal perspective to identify common issues, differences, as well as ways in which countries can find a common approach in tackling the issues.

October 22, 2012, 13.00 – 17.00

Venue: hosted in the Danish Parliament by Karen Klint (MF), Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen




Opening talks:

Riitta Burrell, dosent, University of Helsinki
Why surrogacy should not be allowed

Catherine Waldby , professor, University of Sydney, Australia
Historical lineages of commercial surrogacy and the contemporary Indian gestational market

Prepared comments:

Kristrún Heimisdóttir, chair of committee on legalizing surrogacy, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

Salla Silvola, Ministry of Justice, Finland

Karen Klint, Member of Parliament and Nordic Council, Denmark

Jane Stoll, Uppsala University, Sweden

Trude Elisabeth Sveen, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Norway

Charlotte Kroløkke, associate professor, University of Southern Denmark