Advisory Work:

1. Review:

  • legislation
  • regulations
  • proposals for legal reform

2.  Provide Policy Advice 

  • to governments
  • to non-governmental organizations
  • to international organizations

3.  Develop Advice Documents

  • for governments
  • for non-governmental organizations
  • to international organizations
      

Advocacy Work:

4.  Amicus Briefs to Courts

     INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights –re COSTA RICA - 2012.  argues that Costa Rica’s obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights preclude  prohibition of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  English 2012.   Spanish 2012.    Earlier submission to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Spanish 2009.   Unofficial English 2009.
  • United Nations, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW):  L.C. v PERU, 2011. Analysis of discrimination based on the multiple factors of sex, age and poverty. English
  • European Court of Human Rights:  Z v. POLAND - 2009, English, addresses international standards of international human rights law regarding rights of pregnant women to access healthcare without discrimination, which should be reflected and applied in law and policy of European member states. 
  • European Court of Human Rights:  A,B & C v. IRELAND - 2008, English, demonstrates that national law in Ireland is inconsistent with international and comparative standards on abortion regulation.
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights –re MEXICO - 2008, English and Spanish. Campo Algodonero ("Cotton Field") case -  Mexico is obliged, under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the inter-American human rights system, to protect women against wrongful gender stereotyping and abduction, rape and murder.  
  • European Court of Human Rights:  R.R. v. POLAND - 2007, English. Denied access to diagnostic health services in pregnancy violates the right to non-discrimination under the European Convention of Human Rights

     NATIONAL

  • ARGENTINA Supreme Court, 2010, English and Spanish. re abortion in case of rape, and Argentina's obligation to incorporate into its domestic law numerous international norms protecting human rights.  The 2012 decision in this case provided abortion without judicial authorization in cases of rape, irrespective of mental capacity. 
    Decision online in Spanish.        Unofficial English translation of decision.
  • CHILE  Constitutional Court, 2017,  re unconstitutionality claim against new law decriminalizing of voluntary termination of pregnancy on three grounds.  Amicus curiae briefs:  (1)  re international consensus on decriminalization of abortion Spanish and English in one PDF.  (2) re conscience and conscientious objection:  English PDF and Spanish PDF.  Spanish Decision (our translation forthcoming).    Accompanying documentsOther Submissions.   
    Official synopsis, our translation to English.
  • MEXICO Supreme Court, 2009, English and Spanish.  re unconstitutionality claim for Article 7 amendment by the state of Baja California.  The Right to Life, as protected under Article 4(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights, permits legal abortion.
  • NICARAGUA Supreme Court, 2007, rev. 2008, English and Spanish.The Right to Life, as protected under Article 4(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights, permits legal abortion.
  • MEXICO Supreme Court, 2007, English.  Decriminalization of abortion and related health law reforms are consistent with Mexico’s obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  • COLOMBIA (Constitutional Court) 2005, English and Spanish. The Right to Life, as protected under Article 4(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights, permits legal abortion.
  • UNITED STATES Supreme Court- Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Argued against governmental coercion of women’s reproductive choices. Advocated reaffirmation of Roe v Wade.    [Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens & K. Kolbert,   Brief of Amici Curiae on behalf of 22 International Women's Health Organizations in support of the Appellees in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, No. 88-605 U.S. Supreme Court (1989) 24 pp.   Reprinted in Women's Rights Law Reporter 11: 191-212 (1989).]

5.    Advocacy Letters   

  • Letter re: Google Adwords policy restricting advertising of abortion services  (2009)
  • Letter re:  Regulation of emergency contraception in Canada (2004, 2007, 2008)
  • Letter re:  Therapeutic abortion as an excluded service under the Interprovincial
    Reciprocal Billing Agreement (2008)