Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 2019 Symposium - Immigration, Adoption, and Our National Identity

February 12, 2019 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3043

In the 21st century, family creation often involves many more stakeholders than the nuclear family. Particularly in the area of International Child Adoption (ICA), family creation is a cross-border enterprise that implicates local, national, and global politics and conflicts. In his latest article, published in our Spring 2019 issue, Shani King traces the strengths and infirmities of past and present ICA frameworks and the different national goals embodied in each, and posits that ICA and immigration law should not be thought of as discrete issues, but indeed as two sides of the same coin, embodying the same national stressors and overarching goals. Dean Kerry Abrams and Prof. Kathryn Bradley will analyze King's article using their own expertise in immigration law, family creation law, and children's rights and invite discussion on the creation of a compassionate ICA framework that supports the rights of the child in an increasingly globalized world. Sponsored by the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy Symposium 2019 - "Legislating Relationships: Individual Rights in Context." For more information, please contact Gabrielle Goodrow at gmg19@duke.edu.