Surrogacy Reform

An examination of health and law

The Project

This research project looks to examine whether the laws on surrogacy regulation are fit for purpose, by comparing the framework in Britain to California and taking into account the experiences of surrogates.

I’ll be comparing the legal framework in both jurisdictions, looking to identify the underpinning cultural and social values, as to see how the law in Britain could change to protect surrogates. The law doesn’t operate in a vacuum, and so, with the help of an advisory group composed of stakeholders, I’ll be interviewing surrogates and potential surrogates. To register your interest, please click here.

The Researcher

Zaina Mahmoud is a Ph.D. researcher, undertaking an interdisciplinary comparative socio-legal research project on surrogacy regulation, comparing Britain and California. Her work is fully funded by the Wellcome Trust, and she is based at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter.

She was recently appointed as a Visiting Research Scholar (March-December 2020) at the University of Southern California, where she’ll be working with Professor Sofia Gruskin and other members of the Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.

Prior to starting her Ph.D., she completed her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law with Distinction (2018) at the University of Exeter. She holds a Graduate LL.B. with honours (2017) from the University of Exeter and a B.Sc. in Psychology with Dean’s Commendation from the University of Western Ontario (2015). Alongside her studies, she is a postgraduate teaching assistant for Contract Law and Comparative Contract Law at the University of Exeter and has taught tutorials in Medical Law at the University of Bristol.