CeBIL member Frank Høgholm Pedersen publishes article on surrogacy in Denmark – University of Copenhagen

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09 April 2019

CeBIL member Frank Høgholm Pedersen publishes article on surrogacy in Denmark

CEBIL research member Frank H. Pedersen is the leading Danish expert on the regulation of surrogacy. Frank has just published an impressive article addressing the debated issue on whether Danish authorities should recognize a custody decision when a Danish couple has brought a child into life abroad with the help of a surrogate mother. Or can the authorities invoke public policy and refrain from recognizing the foreign decision?

This is the subject of Frank's most recent article, which has just been published in the Journal of the Family and Inheritance law. The answer to this question is that compliance with the general criteria for claiming public policy will mean that the Danish authorities must recognize the decisions of custody. In the article, I urge that we find other ways of regulating surrogacy-arrangements.

Custody is not an appropriate instrument – because we must maintain that the principle of the child's best applies to all children.