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Cambridge, 25-26 June 2018

This conference discussed the legal consequences of the rise in surrogacy arrangements and, in particular, reproductive tourism. Key topics

  • The legal regime of surrogacy in the EU Member States and beyond
  • Surrogacy in the context of employment law
  • Surrogacy and human rights
  • Re-framing parenthood?
  • Filiation, ART and surrogacy: what comes next?

Over the past 15 years, we have seen the rapid expansion of surrogacy, both in frequency and in geographical scope. Across Europe, there are vast differences in approach, ranging from prohibitive regimes (e.g. France and Germany) to the more tolerant (e.g. England and Wales) and those that adopt a regulatory approach (e.g. Greece). For surrogates, intended parents and children, the situation remains highly complex and fraught with legal difficulties.

This conference discussed the legal regime of surrogacy in the EU Member States and in the context of employment law. It addressed questions of parenthood and conflict of laws through the lens of domestic law in European jurisdictions, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.


A full list of speakers is available on the speakers page, and a full programme is available to download.



The Conference was organised jointly by Cambridge Family Law and the Academy of European Law (ERA).

Accommodation and conference dinner


Selwyn CollegeAccommodation for conference attendees and accompanying persons is available in the traditional Selwyn College, located in Cambridge and right next to the conference and dinner venue.

Single rooms can be booked for the nights of 24, 25 and/or 26 June. Experience what it is like to be a student at a Cambridge College, with room rates (singles only) considerably cheaper than those offered by any city centre hotels (£80/£96 for accompanying persons, including breakfast in college):

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Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place on 25 June. After a day’s intensive exchange, enjoy the conference dinner in the Main Hall of beautiful Selwyn College.

The special price for the dinner is £39 for participants (£72 for accompanying persons), including a champagne aperitif and wine. Please book your dinner ticket online:

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There are limited places available.


If you have any queries about the conference, registration or the booking of the accommodation and the conference dinner, please contact us via email at