'Exploring children's rights in surrogacy'

International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Friday, 7 Dec 2018, 14:00

End date

Friday, 7 Dec 2018, 16:00

Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
Exploring children's rights symposium at ISS - December 2018

A call for international principles......

Alarmingly, the lack of regulation has resulted in the gradual development of an extensive international commercial surrogacy market. This paves the way to lucrative business opportunities and activities with a high degree of inherent risk of human rights abuses. As a result, crossborder surrogacy cases continue generating complex social, legal and ethical problems.

To this end, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children in her 2018 report to the Human Rights Council report invites the international community to support the work of the International Social Service (ISS) in developing international principles and standards governing surrogacy arrangements that are in accordance with human rights norms and standards and particularly with the rights of the child.  


  • Nigel Cantwell (International Child Protection Consultant)
  • Patricia Fronek (Program Director School of Human Services and Social Work)
  • Olga Khazova (CRC Committee)
  • John Pascoe (Chief Justice of Family Court of Australia)
  • David Smolin (Law Professor)
  • Michael Wells-Greco (Lawyer, Law Professor)

 The symposium will include time for open questions and will be followed by light refreshments.

More information

For more information, please contact Mia Dambach at mia.dambach@iss-ssi.org or Kristen Cheney at anthprofkc@gmail.com