In recent decades, there have been many changes to adoption law and practice, such as a sharp decline in the voluntary relinquishment of children, an increase in the number consigned to public care, and an abrupt decrease in those made available on an intercountry basis. Additionally, human rights are becoming more prominent, particularly in relation to issues such as: non-consensual adoption; the ethics of intercountry adoption; the eligibility of LGBT adopters; the impact of commercial surrogacy; and the sometimes conflicting rights of birth parents and adoptees when accessing agency birth records. 

In this book, O’Halloran presents a comparative analysis of the interaction between adoption law and human rights in common law (England and the US), civil law (France and Germany), and Asiatic traditions (Japan and China), while also developing a matrix of legal functions to assist in identifying and analysing areas of tension between human rights and adoption. 

This book is intended for a lawyer readership, whether professional, student or academic: researchers and postgraduate students in subjects such as social work, social policy and politics may also find it helpful.



part II|75 pages

Contemporary law, policy and practice in a common law context

chapter 5|40 pages


chapter 6|34 pages

The US

part III|57 pages

Contemporary law, policy and practice in a civil law context

chapter 7|30 pages


chapter 8|26 pages


part IV|55 pages

Contemporary law, policy and practice in an Asian context

chapter 9|30 pages


chapter 10|24 pages


part V|37 pages

Contrasting tensions and implications

chapter 11|27 pages

Adoption and human rights

National tensions and international standards

chapter |9 pages