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The Politics of Adoption

International Perspectives on Law, Policy and Practice


  • Traces the evolution of adoption law, policy and practice giving particular attention to conceptual and definitional matters

  • Constructs a template for comparative analysis and applies it to other cultural contexts

  • Explores the politics of inter-country adoption

  • Provides an analysis of the significance of differences in cultural context for adoption law, policy & practice


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Adoption, Society and the Law: The Common Law Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Developing International Benchmarks for Modern Adoption Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 79-105
    3. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 137-187
  4. Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a Common Law Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-190
    2. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 191-251
    3. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 253-306
    4. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 307-363
    5. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 365-407
    6. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 409-449
    7. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 451-489
  5. Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a European Civil Law Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 493-524
    3. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 525-564
    4. Kerry O’Halloran
      Pages 565-599
  6. Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 601-601

About this book


This book explains, compares and evaluates the social and legal functions of adoption within a range of selected jurisdictions and on an international basis. It updates and extends the second edition published by Springer in 2009. From a standpoint of the development of adoption in England & Wales, and the changes currently taking place there, it considers the process as it has evolved in other countries. It identifies themes of commonality and difference in the experience of adoption in a common law context as compared and contrasted with that of other countries. It looks at adoption in France, Sweden and other civil law countries, as well as Japan and elsewhere in Asia, including a focus on Islamic adoption. It examines the experience of indigenous people in New Zealand and Australia, contrasting the highly regulated legal process of modern western society with the traditional practice of indigenous communities such as the Maori. A new chapter studies adoption in China. The book uses the international Conventions and associated ECtHR case law to benchmark developments in national law, policy and practice and to facilitate a cross-cultural comparative analysis.


Adoption Practice in an Indigenous Peoples Context Adoption Process in Australia Adoption Process in China Adoption Process in England & Wales Adoption Process in France Adoption Process in Ireland Adoption Process in Islam Adoption Process in Japan Adoption Process in Sweden Adoption Process in the US Adoption, Conventions and the Impact of the ECtHR Adoption, Society and the Law Benchmarks for Modern Adoption Law European Court of Human Rights Intercountry Adoption and the Hague Convention Intraculture Adoption Legal Functions of Adoption

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyAustralian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit StudiesBrisbane, QLDAustralia

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“This book will definitely be of interest to those adoption professionals from within the disciplines of law, politics, and social work. … It is also an insightful historical account of adoption policies, laws, international conventions, and local practices from around the world. … O’Halloran’s third edition of The Politics of Adoption is a literary mosaic of essential adoption-related discussion that belongs on the bookshelves of every adoption researcher—no matter the research or professional discipline.” (Rhoda Scherman and Ashleigh Prakash, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (20), May, 2016)