Rebecca Cook
Professor Emerita & Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme

Jackman Law Building
Room J380
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5   

Tel.: 416-978-4446

A.B. (Barnard), M.A. (Tufts), M.P.A. (Harvard), J.D. (Georgetown), LL.M. (Columbia), J.S.D. (Columbia), called to the Bar of Washington, D.C., is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto; and Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, University of Toronto. She is ethical and legal issues co-editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Human Rights Quarterly and Reproductive Health Matters.  She is the recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Health by the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

A.B. - Barnard College, Columbia University (1970)
M.A. - Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1972)
M.P.A. - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (1973)
J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center (1982)
Attorney - Washington, D.C. Bar (1983)
LL.M. - Columbia University, School of Law (1988)
J.S.D. - Columbia University, School of Law (1994)
Academic appointments
University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor (current)
University of Toronto, Women and Gender Studies Institute, Professor (current)
University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, Member in Law and in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (current)
University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Member (current)
University of Toronto, Women’s College Research Institute, Member (current)
Academy of Human Rights, Washington School of Law, American University, Washington D.C., USA, Intensive Course Instructor, Current Teaching: Women and International Human Rights Law (2005- )
University of the Free State (South Africa), Faculty of Law, Professor Extraordinarius (2004-2007)
Other service
Academic Advisory Appointments:
Abo Akademi University, Finland, Institute for Human Rights, Advisory Board, 2003-
American University, Washington College of Law, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Advisory Board, 2004-
University of Chile, Faculty of Law, Human Rights Center, International Advisory Committee, 2002-
University of Cincinnati College of Law, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Advisory Board, 1994-
University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute, Board of Advisors, 2004-
World Health Organization: Safe Abortion Guidelines Group – Advisory Committee, 2008-
Organizational Advisory Appointments:
Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, NY, Member, Board of Directors, and International Litigation Advisory Committee, 2005-
Human Rights Watch, Advisory Committee of the Women's Rights Division, 2005-
Profamilia Servicios Legales Para Mujeres (Profamilia Legal Services for Women) Bogotá, Colombia, Advisory Board, 1987-
Selected publications

Cook, R.J. & S. Cusack.  Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), 270 pp.  English edition:
Spanish edition:

Cook, R.J., B.M. Dickens & M.F. Fathalla.  Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics and Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 554 pp.  Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.  Case studies are online in Arabic.  Links re all editions:

Cook, R.J. & C. Ngwena, eds.  Health and Human Rights, International Library of  Medicine, Ethics and Law series (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007) 628 pp.

Cook, R.J. State Obligations to Eliminate Polygamy under International Law, Expert Report for the Attorney General of Canada, submitted to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, July 16, 2010, 105 pages.

Cook, R.J. & S. Howard “Accommodating Women’s Differences under the Women’s Anti-Discrimination Convention” (2007) 56 Emory Law Journal 1039-1091.

Research areas
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Health Law
International Law
Reproductive and Sexual Health Law