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    Retrieval and Use of Sperm after Death: In the Matter of Lee (Deceased) and Long (Applicant) [2017] NZHC 3263

    Maddox, Neil (2018) Retrieval and Use of Sperm after Death: In the Matter of Lee (Deceased) and Long (Applicant) [2017] NZHC 3263. Otago Law Review, 15 (2). pp. 99-111. ISSN 0078-6918

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    As a result of advances in medical technology in the second half of the 20th century, it is now possible for children to be conceived ex vivo through utilising artificial human reproductive technology (hereinafter referred to as ART). This has inevitably led to a myriad of novel and often difficulty legal questions for judges and regulators to contend with. Particular difficulties arise where one of the gamete providers to a proposed ART procedure has died prior to it being carried out. Pre-conception controversies focus on the entitlement, if any, to harvest sperm from the potential father when he is not in a position to consent by reason of incapacity (being in a coma, for instance) or death, as well as the related question as to whether the sperm can then be used in an ART procedure for the purposes of posthumous reproduction by his surviving wife or partner. One such pre-conception controversy came before the New Zealand High Court recently in Re Lee (Long) and is the subject of this comment. This case is a good example of the difficult and fraught nature of litigation involving posthumous conception, as well as the legal vacuum in which judges must currently operate in New Zealand in such cases.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Fertility Law; Posthumous Conception; Jurisdiction; Lee (Deceased) and Long (Applicant) [2017] NZHC 3263;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 12251
    Depositing User: Dr. Neil Maddox
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Otago Law Review
    Publisher: Otago Law Review Trust
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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