Elizabeth Bartholet: Publications




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FAMILY BONDS: ADOPTION, INFERTILITY, AND THE NEW WORLD OF CHILD PRODUCTION (Beacon Press, 1999), originally published as FAMILY BONDS: ADOPTION & THE POLITICS OF PARENTING (Houghton Mifflin 1993, paperback ed. 1994)
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Articles and Book Chapters

Contested Child Protection Policies, THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN AND THE LAW, edited by James G. Dwyer (March 2019)

Building Capacity for a Global Genome Editing Observatory: Conceptual Challenges, co-authored with Hurlbut, Jasanoff, et al., Trends in Biotechnology, Vol. 26, No. 7 (July 2018)

Advocating for the Child's Human Right to Family, Adoption Advocate, No. 109 (July 2017)

Book Review of ADOPTION BEYOND BORDERS: HOW INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION BENEFITS CHILDREN, by Rebecca J. Compton, Adoption Quarterly, 20:2, 195-199 (2017)
DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2016.1219198

Thoughts on the Liberal Dilemma in Child Welfare Reform, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 725 (2016)

Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare, 42 Fl. St. Univ. Law Rev. 573 (2015). Excerpts published as lead article in APSAC ADVISOR Special Issue: Differential Response, Volume 28, Number 2, 2016. For the full issue, click here

The International Adoption Cliff: Do Child Human Rights Matter?, Ballard et al., eds., THE INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION DEBATE: DIALOGUES ACROSS DISCIPLINES (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015)

The Hague Convention: Pros, Cons, and Potential, Ballard et al., eds.,THE INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION DEBATE: DIALOGUES ACROSS DISCIPLINES (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015)

Creating a Child-Friendly Child Welfare System: The Use and Misuse of Research, 13 Whittier J. Child & Fam Advocacy 1 (2014)

Intergenerational Justice for Children: Restructuring Adoption, Reproduction & Child Welfare Policy, 8 (1) J. Law Ethics of Hum. Rights 103 (2014)

Creating a Child-Friendly Child Welfare System: Effective Early Intervention to Prevent Maltreatment and Protect Victimized Children,60 Buffalo L Rev 1323 (2012)

BREAKING BARRIERS: THE UNFINISHED STORY OF WOMEN LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN MASSACHUSETTS, eds. Saris, Botsford, Berenson, Interview with Elizabeth Bartholet by Therese Rohrbeck, 88-96 (MCLE 2012)

Elizabeth Bartholet and David Smolin, The Debate, chapter in INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION: POLICIES, PRACTICES, and OUTCOMES, 233 (Ashgate Publishing 2012). To see entire contents of book, click here

Race and Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options, July 2011, SSRN

Bartholet, Wulczyn, Barth, & Lederman, Race and Child Welfare, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2011)

International Adoption: A Way Forward, 55 New York Law School Rev. 687 (2010-2011)

Permanency Is Not Enough: Children Need the Nurturing Parents Found in International Adoption, 55 New York Law School Rev. 781 (2010-2011)

Ratification by the United States of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Pros and Cons from a Child's Rights Perspective, 633 The ANNALS of Amer. Acad. Political and Social Science 80, Special Issue, The Child as Citizen (2011). The final, definitive version is available at http://ann.sagepub.com/content/633/1/80.full.pdf+html

International Adoption: The Human Rights Position, 1 Global Policy 91 (2010)

International Adoption: The Human Rights Issues, chapter in BABY MARKETS, Michele Goodwin ed. (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010)

The Racial Disproportionality Movement in Child Welfare: False Facts and Dangerous Directions, 51 Ariz. L. Rev. 871 (2009)

International Adoption: The Child's Story, 24 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 333 (2008)

International Adoption: Thoughts on the Human Rights Issues,13 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 151 (2007)

Commentary: Cultural Stereotypes Can and Do Die: It's Time to Move on With Transracial Adoption,
34 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law 315-20 (2006)

International Adoption, chapter in CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN ADOPTION, ORPHANAGES, AND FOSTER CARE, Lori Askeland ed., ISBN # 0-313-33183-9. Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.(2005)

Guiding Principles for Picking Parents, 27 Harv. Women's L.J. 323 (2004); also published in a slightly revised form as chapter in GENETIC TIES AND THE FAMILY, Rothstein et al, editors, in 2005

The Challenge of Children's Rights Advocacy: Problems and Progress in the Area of Child Abuse and Neglect, 3 Whittier J. Child & Fam. Advoc.3 (2004)

Book Review of Rachel F. Moran's Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance, 33 Journal of Interdisciplinary History 320 (2002)

Reply: Whose Children? A Response to Professor Guggenheim, 113 Harv. L. Rev.1999 (2000)

Taking Adoption Seriously: Radical Revolution or Modest Revisionism?, 28 Cap. U.L. Rev. 77 (1999)

Reporting on Child Welfare and Adoption Policies, 53 Nieman Reports 74 (1999)

Private Race Preferences in Family Formation, 107 Yale L.J. 2351 (1998)

International Adoption: Propriety, Prospects, and Pragmatics, 13 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law 181 (1996)

What's Wrong with Adoption Law?, 4 The International Journal of Children's Rights 263 (1996)

Beyond Biology: The Politics of Adoption & Reproduction, 2 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 5 (1995)

Race Separatism in the Family: More on the Transracial Adoption Debate, 2 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 99 (1995)

International Adoption: Current Status and Future Prospects, in 3 The Future of Children No.1, 89-103 (Center for the Future of Children, Spring 1993)

Book Review of "Are Those Kids Yours?” AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, by Cheri Register, New York: The Free Press 1990, 33 Harv. Int’l. L.J. (1992)

Where Do Black Children Belong? The Politics of Race Matching in Adoption, 139 U. PA. L. Rev. 1163 (1991)

Application of Title VII to Jobs in High Places, 95 Harv. L. Rev. 945 (1982)


Harvard Law School Professors Voice Support for Sullivan, Harvard Crimson (3/11/19)

Where Is the Outrage Over the Institutionalized Children Denied Adoptive Homes?, Morning Consult (7/18/18)

#MeToo Excesses, The Harvard Crimson (1/16/18)

Re-Aligning U.S. State Department Policy to Support Child Rights to Family, by Elizabeth Bartholet and Chuck Johnson, The Chronicle of Social Change (1/19/17)

Uniting Obama and Trump to save children: Intercountry adoption is about compassion, not politics, by Elizabeth Bartholet and Chuck Johnson, Washington Times (1/04/17)

Groundbreaking human rights of children bill introduced in Congress, by Elizabeth Bartholet and Paulo Barrozo, The Washington Examiner (7/17/16)

US Can Save Children by Upholding International Adoption Rights, by Elizabeth Bartholet and Paulo Barrozo, The Boston Globe (5/24/16)

Rethink Harvard's Sexual Harassment Policy, The Boston Globe (10/15/14)

Parental Custody? Not if they're addicts, The Boston Globe (4/17/14)

In Adoption, Does Race Matter?, NYTimes Room for Debate blog (2/2/14)

DCF Shift Puts Children's Safety at Risk, by Daniel Heimpel and Elizabeth Bartholet, The Hartford Courant (1/24/14)

Saving children from our child welfare system, by Elizabeth Bartholet and  Daniel Heimpel, The Boston Globe (12/24/13)

How to Prevent Adoption Disasters, NY Times Room for Debate blog (4/15/10)

Haiti's Children and the Adoption Question, NY Times Room for Debate blog (2/1/10)

Amid Disaster, Haitian Orphans Find Homes, by Elizabeth Bartholet and Paulo Barrozo, NPR on-line (1/21/10)

Celebrity Adoptions and the Real World, NYTimes Room for Debate blog (5/10/09)

Save the Children from Save the Children, Press Release on Madonna's Second Adoption (4/3/09)

Race as a Barrier to Forming Families, Google News (6/16/08)

Slamming the Door on Adoption,The Washington Post, p.B07 (11/4/07)

Government's role in the cloning brouhaha, The Boston Globe, p.A23 (12/5/01)

The Complex Family, The Boston Globe, p.A19 (6/8/00)

Fertility for Sale, The New York Times, p.A27 (3/4/98)

More than ever, state should cast wide net in search of foster parents,The Boston Globe, p.A11 (4/14/97)

Adoption is about family, not race, Chicago Tribune, p.F.23 (11/5/93)

Family Matters, Vogue, p.102 (11/93)

Is Embryo Cloning Part of Reproductive Freedom?, Harvard Law RECORD (10/29/93)

Blood Parents Vs. Real Parents, The New York Times, p. A19 (7/13/93)

In Foster-Care Limbo, The Boston Globe, p.17 (3/17/92)

Letters to Editor

Harvard Law faculty speak in support of resident dean representing Weinstein, Elizabeth Bartholet co-authored with 51 Harvard Law School Faculty members, Boston Globe (3/18/19)

Interracial Intimacies, New York Times Book Review, Letter Responding to Bernstein, p.4 (2/16/03)

Rethink Adoption Policy, The Boston Globe, p.14 (1/17/94)

Limits on Transracial Adoption Hurt Children,The New York Times, p.A24 (12/8/93)


Julia Mas-Guindal, Elizabeth Bartholet Interview on the challenges facing international adoption, Parts 1 and 2, Harv. Hum. Rts. J.,  http://harvardhrj.com/2012/10/elizabeth-bartholet-interview-part-i/ (last visited June 4, 2013), http://harvardhrj.com/2012/10/elizabeth-bartholet-interview-part-ii/ (last visited June 4, 2013).

Press Release, "Child Advocacy Program (CAP) releases reports stemming from working conference on Racial Disproportionality at Harvard Law School in January 2011" (7/21/11)

Interview with Elizabeth Bartholet by Stephanie Marudas, "Should the U.S. Ratify the CRC? A Look at the Pros and Cons" (2/23/11)

Press Release, "Child Advocacy Program (CAP) to Sponsor a Conference on Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare" (12/6/10)

Separate Statement, The Way Forward Project Report, p.85 (Nov. 2011) by Elizabeth Bartholet, Dana E .Johnson, Tendai Masiriri, and Elizabeth Styffe

Testimony on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration, by Elizabeth Bartholet, U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Courting Big Business: The Supreme Court's Recent Decisions on Corporate Misconduct and Laws Regulating Corporations" (7/23/08)