Surrogacy Law Reform

Hosted by the LSE Law School

Auditorium, Centre Building


Baroness Barker

Baroness Barker

Natalie Gamble

Natalie Gamble

Dr Kirsty Horsey

Dr Kirsty Horsey

Professor Isabel Karpin


Professor Emily Jackson

Professor Emily Jackson

In 2023, the Law Commission will publish its long-awaited final proposals for reform of the law relating to surrogacy in the UK. This panel event will discuss the process of law reform, and what changes to the law might be likely to follow from the Law Commission's five year surrogacy project.

Meet our speakers and chair

Liz Barker (@LizBarkerLords) was created a Life Peer in 1999. From 2004-2010, Liz became Spokesperson on Health for the Liberal Democrats in the Lords and remains a member of the Health and Social Care Team Liz runs a small consultancy which provides strategic business development support to charities, social enterprises and statutory authorities. In 2015 Liz was appointed as the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise.

Natalie Gamble is the UK's leading fertility lawyer, and was the first solicitor to pioneer fertility law in the UK. Natalie has been named in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as one of the UK's 100 most influential gay people. She was also one of the first international fellows to be admitted to the US-based Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and she is the Chair of the UK and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute.

Kirsty Horsey (@khorsey) is a Reader at Kent Law School. She is currently on leave until September 2023, working as a Senior Research Associate at the London Women’s Clinic and London Egg Bank. Dr Horsey’s long-term research interests focuses on the laws regulating surrogacy. She has worked with external non-profit and charitable organisations to facilitate and encourage reform. Dr Horsey is part of the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surrogacy.

Isabel Karpin is Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She researches the bioethical implications of laws governing reproductive technologies, genetic testing and disability. She has just completed two major ARC projects, one exploring the regulation of behaviour as a disability and the other examining cross border reproductive care. She is currently a chief investigator on an NHMRC grant on commercialisation and assisted reproductive technology.

Emily Jackson joined LSE in 1998. Emily’s research interests are in the field of medical law. She was a member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee for 17 years, and until 2012, she was Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. From 2014-2017, she was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.

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