Forthcoming This Summer 2015 – Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and  Embryology

Kirsty Horsey, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library


The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK’s laws on the use of reproductive technology and the regulation of assisted reproduction.

This book critically evaluates the recent developments, asking whether the Act has achieved the stated aim of being ‘fit for purpose’ or, if not, what improvements should be made. The book brings together a range of experts in law and ethics in order to evaluate the fresh risks and challenges emerging from both established and existing technologies and techniques in the field of human fertilisation and embryology, as well as offering valuable insights into the social and regulatory challenges that lie ahead.


  1. Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology, Kirsty Horsey
  2. From need “for a father” to need “for supportive parenting”: changing conceptualisations of the welfare of the child following assisted reproductive technology in the United Kingdom, Eric Blyth
  3. The Law and DIY Assisted Conception, Emily Jackson
  4. Prisoners’ Access to Fertility Services, Helen Codd
  5. Thinking outside the (egg) box: Egg-share agreements, cord blood and ‘benefits-in-kind’, Karen Devine
  6. PGD Past, Present and Future: Is the HFE Act ‘Fit for Purpose’? Jeanne Snelling and Colin Gavaghan
  7. The ‘Two-mother’ Misnomer: Mitochondrial DNA Transfer Under the HFE Act, Laura Riley
  8. The Fertility Treatment Time Forgot: What Should be Done About Surrogacy in the UK?, Kirsty Horsey and Katia Neofytou
  9. Access to Genetic and Biographical History in Donor Conception: An Analysis of Recent Trends and Future Possibilities, Eric Blyth and Lucy Frith
  10. Compensating reproductive harms in the regulation of 21st century assisted conception, Antony Blackburn-Starza
  11. ‘A less than perfect law’: The unfulfilled promise of Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act, Pamela White
  12. The regulation of PGD for medical sex selection and the gendering of disability in the UK and Australia, Isabel Karpin
  13. New wine in old bottles and old wine in new bottles: The judicial response to international commercial surrogacy in the United Kingdom and Australia, Anita Stuhmcke

Hb: 978-1-138-02189-1 | £85.00

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