Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy – a Global Perspective, Reykjavik 25-27 August

Reproductive technology and surrogacy has been discussed in many countries over the past few years. There has been a steady increase in the use of reproductive technologies, as well as an increase in the use of cross-border medical treatment in order to achieve pregnancy. At the same time a number of ethical issues have been raised concerning the rights of various participants, as well as children in these processes. Does the child have the right to know their genetic parents, do children have a right to be recognized by the countries of their contractual parents, what are the rights of surrogate mothers etc… This conference will focus on the global aspect of reproductive technology and surrogacy and the market that is emerging.


In Icelandic media:

RUV Main TV news: Black market for fertility treatments on the rise

RUV Spegillinn Radio special news

RUV Sjonmal – special program on culture and society – Interview with Salvor Nordal

Presentations and abstracts:

Practices of reproductive technology in the Nordic Countries in global context

A legal overview of the Nordic countries
Salla Silvola, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Finland

Counselling and ART
Helga Sól Ólafsdóttir, Social worker and Assistant Professor, University of Iceland

The international market for donor semen and the ethical and regulative issues related to gamete donation
Ole Schou, manager director of Cryos International, Danish Sperm Banks

The pros and cons of legal harmonization in ART
Guido Pennings, professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University

Ethical Challenges of global reproductive technology

Ethical issues of reproductive technology
Salvör Nordal, director of Centre for Ethics, University of Iceland

Surrogacy and the health care service
Ástríður Stefánsdóttir, Associate Professor, University of Iceland

The global baby – adventure and aftermath
Mala Naveen, journalist and author, Norway

Reproductive Tourism
Ruth Macklin, Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

A Comparative Study on the Regime of Surrogacy in EU Member States
Laurence Brunet, leading author of the the EU report

PhD session organized in cooperation with COST Action IS1001

Theorizing surrogacy

1 Tiia R. Junnonaho: Womb Politics – Feminist Bioethics and Surrogacy

2 Sarah Jane Toledano: Some Moral Reflections on the Phenomenology of Altruistic Surrogate Motherhood

3 Elina Helosvuori: Naturalizing through surrogacy? Treatment of the failing reproductive biology beyond borders

4 Tatiana Tolstoy: Belonging in a global world. Born through surrogacy

International dimensions of surrogacy

5 Anna Arvidsson: Situation on surrogacy in Sweden – Commissioning parents’ and authorities’ perspective

6 Jane Stoll: Cross-border surrogacy and implications for the child’s right to know his or her biological origins

7 Daniela Schuh: Re-framing motherhood and citizenship. The case of transnational surrogacy in Germany and France

8 Kristin Engh Forde: Win-win or exploitation? An Ethnographic study of Surrogacy in India

All abstracts for the PhD presentations