After many years of hard work by politicians and jurists the Belgian municipal law on legitimacy has finally been reformed. There was a protracted debate, but not on the question of international adoptions. The amendments concerning international adoptions were decided upon unusually speedily. Within four months of the submission of the bill, the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate had reached an agreement. Only problems of parliamentary procedure prevented the bill being passed earlier.
* Professor of Law, University of Ghent, Belgium.
** Research Assistant, University of Ghent.