Futures of Legal Governance in Globalization: The Case of Family Life
Scientific “truths” are active agents in producing public moralities and help carve out new technologies of governance. While there has been ample research in forensic science and criminology on how science affects legalities, there are only few studies on its ramifications in the field of reproductive legal governance. By analysing responses from immigration lawyers as well as family law lawyers on cases respectively involving family reunion and transnational surrogacy, my paper explores the relation between legitimacy and legal practice. I argue that the global regulation of family life depends more and more on the legitimacy of biology. Moreover, as I will demonstrate, the normalization of such a “biolegitimacy” in jurisprudence produces not only multiple legalities of family life but also the formation of genetic citizenship.