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Monday, 22 February 2021

Claire Fenton-Flynn and Jens M. Scherpe of Cambridge Family Law are undertaking a research project on the experiences of individuals involved in international surrogacy arrangements under a contract with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government. For this an online survey has been devised and currently is available on the Centre webpage. The intention is to collect information from those who became parents through surrogacy; intended parents through surrogacy; surrogates; agencies and NGOs involved in surrogacy arrangements; and legal practitioners who work in this field. All information collected will be completely anonymous, and participants will not be asked about their names or contact details.

In addition, Fenton-Glynn and Scherpe will conduct in-depth interviews with legal practitioners, NGOs and members of the judiciary about the practical legal issues in this area of law, and particularly international surrogacy arrangements.

The aim of this study is to provide a more in depth understanding of the issues faced by those undertaking international surrogacy agreements. The information obtained from this survey will help develop a new set of guidelines and advice for those entering into such arrangements, in conjunction with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government.