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    Legal position of a known donor constitutes an ongoing challenge. Known donors are often willing to play a role in the child’s life. Their wishes range from scarce involvement to aspiring legal parentage. Therefore three persons may wish for parental role. This is not catered for in the current laws allowing only for two legal parents. Several studies show how lesbian mothers and a donor ’devise new definitions of parenthood’ extending ’beyond the existing normative framework’. However, the diversity in the roles of the donors suggests a split of parental rights between three persons rather than three traditional legal parents. In this article I will discuss three jurisdictions (Quebec, Sweden and the Netherlands), allowing co-mother to become legal parent other than by a step-parent adoption. I will examine whether these jurisdictions attempt to accommodate specific needs of lesbian families by splitting up parentage ’package’ between the duo-mothers and the donor.


Prof. mr. Masha Antokolskaia Ph.D.
Masha Antokolskaia is professor of Private Law (in particular, Personal Status and Family Law) at the VU University Amsterdam. She is a member of the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and a board member of the International Society of Family Law. She is author of a diverse range of monographs and articles written in Dutch, English and Russian. Her main research areas are: European comparative Family Law and Dutch Family Law, with particular regard to the law relating to relationships, parentage and divorce.

    In deze bijdrage wordt nader ingegaan op het erfrechtelijke ‘willekeur’-begrip. Volgens de minister is het niet toegestaan dat een erflater een legaat maakt dat afhankelijk is van de willekeur van een ander. Wanneer is hiervan sprake en hoe zwaar dient aan dit, door de minister uitgesproken, ’willekeurverbod’ getild te worden? Aan de hand van een korte beschouwing van het bepaaldheidsvereiste, de corrigerende rol die de redelijkheid en billijkheid in ons vermogensrecht kan spelen, een analyse van het Duitse § 2065 I BGB, de al dan niet toelaatbaarheid van de potestatieve voorwaarde en een vergelijking met de schenking, kan naar het oordeel van de auteur worden gesteld dat voor erfrechtelijke willekeur niet gauw gevreesd hoeft te worden.
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    This contribution examines the definition of arbitrariness in Dutch succession law. According to the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands, a testator is not permitted to make a bequest subject to the arbitrariness of a third party. What does arbitrariness mean, and how important is this ’prohibition of arbitrariness’? Based on a review of the determinable terms, the role of equity and fairness in Dutch property law, the German provision § 2065 I BGB, the principle of ’potestatieve voorwaarde’, and through comparison with benefactions, the author suggests that there is hardly any risk of arbitrariness in Dutch succession law.


Dr. Nathalie Bauduin
Nathalie Bauduin is a PhD student at the Centre for Notary Law of Radboud University Nijmegen.
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