Prohibiting cross-border commercial surrogacy in Asia: Focus on Sri Lanka

Project specs




Katarina Trimmings



Funding agency

British Council, South Asia Small-Scale Research Project Scheme




Reproductive Health Care Concerns: Surrogacy Arrangements in Sri Lanka and Lessons Learned from the United Kingdom. This video was created as part of the ‘Surrogacy in Sri Lanka’ project, which was conducted jointly by the University of Aberdeen (Scotland/UK) and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), and was funded by the British Council under the South Asia Small-Scale Research Project Scheme.

Researcher Profile

Dr Katarina Trimmings is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Aberdeen. She is also the Director of the Centre for Private International Law at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Trimmings has published extensively on the topic of surrogacy and was a member of the group of experts who prepared a set of principles for the protection of children’s rights in the context of surrogacy, under the auspices of the International Social Service (ISS) – the Verona Principles. Dr Trimmings is also a co-editor of International Surrogacy Arrangements: Legal Regulation at the International Level (Hart Publishing, 2013). Ms Ziyana Nazeemudeen Ziyana is a PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Aberdeen. Her PhD research focuses on analysing the application of the principle of the best interests of the child in the context of cross-border surrogacy arrangements. She is supervised by Dr Katarina Trimmings. Ziyana is a Junior Researcher on the British Council-funded project titled ‘Reproductive Health Care and Policy Concerns: Regulation of Surrogacy Arrangements in Sri Lanka and Lesson Learned from the United Kingdom.’ She is currently also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Sterling.

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