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A Law of Blood-ties - The 'Right' to Access Genetic Ancestry

A Law of Blood-ties - The 'Right' to Access Genetic Ancestry (Paperback)

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This text collates and examines the jurisprudence that currently exists in respect of blood-tied genetic connection, arguing that the right to identity often rests upon the ability to identify biological ancestors, which in turn requires an absence of adult-centric veto norms. It looks firstly to the nature and purpose of the blood-tie as a unique item of birthright heritage, whose socio-cultural value perhaps lies mainly in preventing, or perhaps engendering, a feared or revered sense of `otherness.' It then traces the evolution of the various policies on `telling' and accessing truth, tying these to the diverse body of psychological theories on the need for unbroken attachments and the harms of being origin deprived. The `law' of the blood-tie comprises of several overlapping and sometimes conflicting strands: the international law provisions and UNCRC Country Reports on the child's right to identity, recent Strasbourg case law, and domestic case law from a number of jurisdictions on issues such as legal parentage, vetoes on post-adoption contact, court-delegated decision-making, overturned placements and the best interests of the relinquished child. The text also suggests a means of preventing the discriminatory effects of denied ancestry, calling upon domestic jurists, legislators, policy-makers and parents to be mindful of the long-term effects of genetic `kinlessness' upon origin deprived persons, especially where they have been tasked with protecting this vulnerable section of the population.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsHuman rightsLawInternational lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: childrenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG Publication Date: 14/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9783319033235  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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