The Transnational Market in Babies:

Making Families, Challenging States, Re-shaping International Law?

More and more people are paying other people to "make" their children for them.   Sometimes they cross borders to do so. And sometimes they break laws . How can we think about this? What does international law have to say about it? What does this mean for children's rights, women's rights and parents' rights? 



Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization, SIPA, Columbia University.

Yasmine Ergas works focus on issues regarding gender and women’s rights in international perspective. Her current research addresses the emergence of a global market in reproductive services and the trans-nationalization of everyday life.

Ergas has served as a consultant to international and domestic policy organizations, including the OECD, UNESCO, the Millennium Villages Project, the New York City Commission on Human Rights and on the staff of the Social Science Research Council. She has been recognized for her teaching at SIPA, co-led a working group of the Committee on International Trade of the New York City Bar Association on child labor and international trade, and practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, and more. A graduate of the University of Sussex, the University of Rome and Columbia Law School, Ergas has received numerous honors, fellowships and grants including from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; Brown University; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Ford Foundation; the Italian Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy of Columbia University. 




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