My name is Craig Lind, I’m a university lecturer in law at the University of Sussex in Brighton. I’ve been working in the UK for over 20 years. I came to the UK study family law at post graduate level and then settled to find a job teaching family law and and have never left. Family law of course is about the relationships between individuals, particularly about the rights the that derive when people have problems with the people to whom they related. I’m interested in the relationship that adults have with one another, how do people.
Go about arranging to have their children What are the consequences of making those arrangements particularly in the more difficult circumstances of assisted reproduction where doctors can assist people to bring children into the world. We have to of course work out how lawyers respond, it’s not just a bunch of practicing lawyers deciding for themselves who the parents of children should be. In the UK we’ve had two major pieces of legislation, one in 1990 and one in 2008 which determines who the parents of children would be where donor sperm and donor eggs were being used.
So our 1990 legislation basically reallocated parenthood for the first time we said that the parents would be the people who raised child and people we knew were not genetically related to the child. What the law in 2008 did was to catch up, all it did was to recognize that those people who were having children in these ways were in fact parents of children. I mean it really becomes problematic for lawyers when donors started to be involved, so when people donate their sperm or people donate eggs to other couples to have children,.
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I mean in those instances we have to determine what the relationship is between the sperm donor or the egg donor and the child, what the relationship is between the commissioning couple and the child and what should happen to the people who are and the donors of parts of the procreative genes. In the old days of infertility we were only really concerned about married couples but the world has moved on, there are a lots of people who live together without getting married, there are lots of people who want children without having a partner and then of course there are samesex couples.
So if a lesbian couple went to a to a clinic and decided to have children they would clearly have to use donor sperm, we would have a child born as a result of the one woman carrying the child using her own eggs and carrying the child using donor sperm, she would be the mother but what would be the person who accompanied her What would be her partner What status would her partner be The regulation of assisted reproduction has become quite international, we are interested in the ways in which other states are doing, it simply because.
Lots of the problems of assisted reproduction are becoming internationalized. People are crossing boundaries to have children. Young people should grow up in a world in which they have views on how assisted reproduction and the various medical techniques that are going to develop are going to affect the legal status of parents and the relationships that parents and children have with each other and in particular of course the relationship that children have with people who are genetically related to them but who are not their parents. If you were minded to study in UK, you might also find.