International commercial surrogacy has been in the spotlight at the European Court of Human Rights recently. In its first judgments on this growing human rights issue, the Court leaves no confusion that the rights of the child must be put first.
During the parliamentary debates on the Bill that regulates the legal motherhood of the female partner of the birth mother in a lesbian relationship, the discussion broadened to other new family forms that are not regulated.
Under the age of twelve, children cannot be criminally prosecuted and cannot be locked up in Youth Institutions. But there is no minimum age limit when it comes to the placement of young children in Closed Institutions for Youth Care.