Call for Papers: Edited Book on Socio-Legal and Ethical Issues of Surrogacy: Submit by Aug 31

The development and use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and surrogacy continues to raise a range of complex social, ethical, legal and moral questions.

The important issues confronted to surrogacy are related to the legitimacy of child born through Surrogacy, the responsibilities of ART clinics, the rights and duties of parties including parents, surrogate mother and the doctor, the role of state in facilitating ARTs, criteria for determining the deserve couple to use ART, restrictions on the use of ARTs and surrogacy, the commercialization and comodification of human organs, the malpractices and misuse of ART and surrogacy etc.

The legal questions related to surrogacy are like

  • What is the role of the law in relation to surrogacy?
  • What is the legal status of surrogacy?
  • Should payments be allowed to the surrogate mother?
  • How should the law deal with disputes over the child who is born?
  • If reproductive right gets constitutional protection, surrogacy which allows an infertile couple to exercise that right also gets the same constitutional protection.

Since there is lack of laws in the area and it has been left unregulated, therefore, there are maximum chances of misconduct, irregularity, exploitation and malpractices. The parliament has not made any law yet to deal with issues related to surrogacy. However, the Indian Council for Medical Research has laid down certain guidelines for clinics practicing ART and their handling of surrogates in India.

The Government has recently proposed The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to regulate surrogacy in India which is yet to see the light of the day. The proposed legislation prohibits commercial surrogacy in India.

Keeping in view all these issues, we have decided to bring out the Book of selected research papers on the topic “Surrogacy, the Reproductive Technology: Socio-legal and Ethical Issues”.

The main objective of the book is to critically discuss and deliberate upon practices of Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved therein and come up with appropriate solutions, models, strategies, and policy framework.


Paper submitted should focus on at-least one of the following issues:

  1. Infertility
  2. Assisted reproductive technology
  3. In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer
  4. Bioethical issues in surrogacy
  5. Legality of surrogacy arrangements
  6. Regulation of surrogacy in India
  7. Ethical-moral challenges to surrogacy
  8. Feminist perspective of surrogacy
  9. Transnational surrogacy in India
  10. Any other topic related with surrogacy

Submit your full paper along with declaration that the paper is original and not published elsewhere latest by 31st October, 2018.

The abstract of paper must reach us latest by the 31st August, 2018 on email id:


Dr. Sufiya  Ahmed. Assistant Professor
Dept. of Law. School for Legal Studies
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Central University
Lucknow, U.P. 226025
M- 8765584209; Email:

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