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 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.

About the Researcher

Supervised by Professors Anne Barlow, Rebecca Probert, and Katrina Wyatt, 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.

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 has been a postgraduate teaching assistant for Contract Law, Comparative Contract Law, Constitutional & Administrative Law, and Family Law & Social Change at the University of Exeter. She has also been employed to teach Medical Law at the University of Bristol.

Upon completion of her PhD, she will be joining the London Women’s Clinic as a Research Associate.

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