Rebecca Cook

Rebecca J. Cook, MA, MPA, JD, LLM, JSD
Professor of Law

Telephone: (416) 978-4666
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Rebecca J. Cook, called to the Bar of Washington, D.C. in 1983, is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She joined the Law Faculty in 1987, and served as its founding director of the International Human Rights Programme from 1987-1998. She currently serves as co-director of the International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law, and specializes in the international protection of human rights and in health law and ethics. 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 an occasional adviser to the Ford Foundation, Profamilia Legal Services for Women and the World Health Organization.


Her publications include over one hundred books, articles and reports in the areas of international human rights, the law relating to women’s health and feminist ethics. She is the author of Women’s Health and Human Rights (Geneva: World Health Organization, 1994), the editor of Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), and co-author of Considerations for Formulating Reproductive Health Laws (Geneva: World Health Organization, 2nd ed. 2000) and Advancing Safe Motherhood Through Human Rights (Geneva: World Health Organization, 2001). Most recently, with B.M. Dickens and M.F. Fathalla, she co-authored the book Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics and Law (Oxford University Press, 2003). She is the recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Health by the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obsetricians, the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.