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A Right to Family Life? Tracing Fractured Family Identities Drawing upon Law, Human Rights and Biology

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This chapter deals with one of the most difficult dilemmas facing contemporary family law: the extent to which children have a right to know their biological origins. It outlines the many reasons that matters of family identity pose dilemmas for contemporary western legal systems and turns to international law for clarification. The chapter focuses on the capacity provided by modern genetic science which now offers the possibility of linking and reunifying children with their biological relations. It concentrates on the efforts of the Grandmothers of the Plaza Mayor in Argentina to use the technology to bring about reunification with their biological grandchildren and concerns with reunification in post-conflict situations. The chapter concludes that while those reunifications can be justified in the best interests of the children, there are many such potential reunifications that are far more problematic.

Keywords: biological origins; modern genetic science; Plaza Mayor; post-conflict situations; potential reunifications; western legal systems



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