26 Nov 2021

Recent Developments in the Area of International Parentage (online)

We are pleased to invite you to the seminar on "Recent Developments in the Area of International Parentage", to be held on 26 November 2021. This conference is organised in honour of Prof. R. de Groot on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The Conference is free of charge and registrations are open. Please click the green button on the right side of this page. 

The seminar will address recent developments in the area of international parentage. Public officials, practitioners and academics will present their views on ongoing projects such as the EU initiative on International Parentage, the HCCH project on International Parentage/Surrogacy, the forthcoming entry into force of the Brussels IIter Regulation or the recurrent problems that the lack of international standards cause to practitioners. 


14.30h Welcome by Marta Pertegás (Maastricht University/University of Antwerp)

Panel 1: Theme: A kaleidoscopic approach to legal status

  • Moderator: Pauline Kruiniger (former Maastricht University)
  • Speakers:
    David de Groot (European Parliament)
    Eric Gubbels (Civil Registry, Amsterdam)

Panel 2: Brussels IIter in the horizon

  • Moderator: Mariken Lenaerts (Maastricht University)
  • Speakers:
    Patrick Wautelet (U Liège)
    Michael Wilderspin (former European Commission)
16.15-16.35h Break

Panel 3: International parentage = international legal standards?

  • Moderator: Marta Pertegás
  • Speakers:
    Michael Wells-Greco (UM/Charles Russell Speechlys)
    María Vilar Badía (European Commission)
    Just van der Hoeven (Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands)

Concluding remarks by René’s promoti and friends.