Surrogacy: Lessons from the Baby Gammy Case

Thursday 10th November, 2016 5:00 pm – Thursday 10th November, 2016 6:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

Who can forget the disturbing case of baby Gammy, the disabled twin boy who remained with his Thai surrogate mother, while an Australian couple brought his sister home to Australia.  When the Australian father of the twins was discovered to be a convicted paedophile it provoked a media storm around the world, and lead to a change of the law in Thailand.  The subsequent Family Court proceedings delved deep into the WA law on surrogacy, artificial conception, and what it means to be a mother or father.

What is the state of the law on surrogacy in Western Australia after the Baby Gammy case?  Are international surrogacy agreements legal?  Are they enforceable?  What determines parentage in international surrogacy matters, and how is it determined?  What advice and warnings do you need to give to clients considering international surrogacy?

This seminar confronts the reality of the law in WA in the aftermath of Baby Gammy.

This seminar has been approved by the Law Society for 1 Accreditation point.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced


  • 1 points Competency 4 Substantive Law


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