Call for Papers: MNLU Aurangabad

About MNLU Aurangabad

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (MNLU Aurangabad, MNLUA) is a National Law University in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.

It was established in 2017 by the Government of Maharashtra, the third and final university to be installed through the Maharashtra National Law University Act, 2014, following Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, the 21st National Law University in India.

Concept Note for the Virtual Seminar on Surrogacy

It is a natural human desire to have one’s progeny, and thereby the concept of marriage and reproduction took birth in society. Different religions have different notions of marriage in their laws. For some religions, the base of marriage is spirituality, and for some, the objective of marriage is to reproduce. Indirectly or directly, the objective of all religions is to have a child who will be supporting the couple in their old age. 

However, in modern times and competitive era, married couples find it difficult to have their own babies either because of biological reasons or socioeconomic reasons. Therefore, in order to fulfill this desire of infertile couples, some religions keeping in view spiritual obligations have adopted the notion of adoption. However, this frustrates their basic urge to have their progeny, making them difficult to fulfill their religious aspirations and personal desires. 

To fulfill this desire, in this modern world, medical science has now developed to the extent of making available some mechanisms like IVF, Test tube baby, surrogacy, etc., thereby making it possible for such couples to fulfill their desire of having their progeny. Such medical advancements have become more popular in the competitive era where people’s focus has been more on employment and personal autonomy, thereby making it easy for them to have work-life balance. Statistics show that 25,000 children in India were born out of surrogacy as it has gained popularity, and India being a developing country with less GDP has become an easy target for surrogacy. 

Surrogacy conceptually and practically has several dimensions, and it involves an interplay of all disciplines such as law/medicine/taxation/commerce/morality/religion/human rights/social connotation/economic implications/human trafficking, etc. To address all these disciplines and thereby explore the concept of surrogacy, it is required for the academicians, stakeholders, and industry people to come together, form a forum, and discuss the concept in the interest of justice.  Furthermore, India is heading towards its own surrogacy bill, and academic discourse of such nature is required to be there to exchange ideas and inputs. 

Therefore, we at MNLUA are privileged to organize a 2-day virtual Multi-disciplinary Seminar on Surrogacy to revisit the concept of Surrogacy and shed light on the economic, social, religious, legal, and psychological aspects of surrogacy. 

Themes

  • Legal Framework on Surrogacy in India 
  • Constitution of India and Surrogacy 
  • Human Rights and Surrogacy 
  • The religion and surrogacy
  • Validity of Surrogacy contracts
  • Surrogate motherhood: ethical or commercial?
  • Surrogacy and Society 
  • The Paternal Mother Vs. The Surrogate Mother
  • International Commercial Surrogacy Laws
  • Surrogate Mother- Health and Implications
  • Psychological Exploitation in Transnational Surrogacy
  • Commercial Surrogacy: Victims of Globalization?
  • Surrogates: Future in desolate
  • Surrogacy Act: The need of the hour

Seminar Structure

Day I 

  1. Inauguration Session 
  • Hon’ble Justice Sadhana Jadhav, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune 
  1. Session I: Constitutional and Human Rights and Socio-Economic Perspectives of Surrogacy 
  • Chairperson: Prof. Jaykumar, Professor, MNLUA 
  1. Session II: Ethical and Moral Dimensions of surrogacy 
  • Chairperson: Sukhwinder Singh, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Nagpur
  1. Session III: Commercial surrogacy and Human Trafficking 
  • Chairperson: Dr. Sunita Adhav, Principal, Modern Law College, Pune

Day II

  1. Session IV: Surrogacy: Medical advancements and Health issues 
  • Chairperson: Dean, Government Medical College, Aurangabad
  1. Session V: Gender Perspective of surrogacy 
  • Chairperson: Mayuri Raghuvanshi, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India. 
  1. Session VI: Legal perspectives of surrogacy: Problems and Prospects 
  • Chairperson: Dr. Anita Rao, Director, Gitam Law School, Gitam University, Vishakhapatnam 
  1. Valedictory Session 
  • Sri Krishna Dev Rao, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi 
  • Vijaya Rahatkar, Former Chairman, National Commission on Women

Who can Participate?

The seminar will be open to Advocates, Academicians, Doctors, and Students of various fields.

Mode of Seminar: The Seminar will be conducted in Online mode. 

Proposed Date of Seminar: May 2-3, 2022

Registration Fee for the Seminar

  • UG/PG/Ph.D. students/Academicians/ professionals (Single Author): Rs 500/-
  • UG/PG/Ph.D. students/Academicians/ professionals (Co-Author): Rs 700/-
  • MNLUA students: Free

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • The Abstract shall be 300-500 words
  • The abstract must contain the name, email address, and designation of the authors
  • The last date for abstract submission is April 15, 2022
  • Click here to submit the abstract.

Publication

Selected papers shall be published in the form of an edited book.

Important Dates

  • Last date of abstract submission: April 15, 2022
  • Last date for acceptance of abstract: April 17, 2022
  • Last date of payment of fee: April 19, 2022
  • Last date of manuscript submission: April 27, 2022
  • Presentation: May 2 to 3, 2022

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Contact details

Registrar I/C, MNLU Aurangabad

Ms. Anagha Pedgaonkar

Teaching Assistant, MNLU Aurangabad

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