Surrogacy, and in particular commercial/compensated surrogacy, is a highly emotive issue. People tend to polarise into two extreme camps; either seeing it as exploitative of women, or as a blessing for childless couples who want to begin a family. Professor Gerber seeks to bring a scholarly approach to this divisive issue. Using human rights as the lens through which to consider different aspects of surrogacy, allows Professor Gerber to provide a more informed and nuanced response to whether commercial surrogacy should be banned, left to market forces or regulated by governments at either a domestic or international level.
She is the editor (with Katie O’Byrne) of Surrogacy, Law and Human Rights to be published by Ashgate in the UK in mid-2015.
Publications and Conference Papers
Paula Gerber and Katie O’Byrne (eds) Surrogacy, Law and Human Rights (2015) Ashgate Publishers, UK.
Katie O’Byrne and Paula Gerber ‘Surrogacy: Contemporary, Complex, Contested and Controversial’ in Gerber, Paula and O’Byrne, Katie (eds) Surrogacy, Law and Human Rights [Forthcoming, 2015] Ashgate Publishers, UK.
Paula Gerber and Katie O’Byrne ‘The Best Interests of Children born through Surrogacy’ in Gerber, Paula and O’Byrne, Katie (eds) Surrogacy, Law and Human Rights [Forthcoming, 2015] Ashgate Publishers, UK.
In June 2015, Paula gave a TEDx Talk in Queensland on a human rights perspective of surrogacy. You can watch the talk here.