Ms. Luisa Cabal


Luisa Cabal, is the Chief of Human Rights and Law at UNAIDS. In 2014 she was a Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. From 2011 through 2014 she was a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law. Until 2014, she oversaw the Center for Reproductive Rights' legal and advocacy efforts in the United States and globally as the Vice President of Programs. She joined the Center 1998 developing and expanding the Latin America and the Caribbean Program, and was at the helm of the Global Legal Program from 2005 through 2012, where she was instrumental in the expansion of the program to offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Kathmandu. During her tenure, Ms. Cabal pioneered the Center's international litigation and advocacy efforts, litigating landmark cases and overseeing the international litigation, law reform and advocacy strategies that have yielded groundbreaking results at the United Nations, regional bodies, and national-level courts and legislative and human rights bodies. She has developed human rights training and fellowship programs that were critical in supporting young leaders in the reproductive rights field, and co-founded the first network of Latin American law professors (RED ALAS) working to integrate gender and sexuality into law school curricula. She has served as co-chair of the World Health Organization's Reproductive Health Department's Gender Advisory Panel; as a member of the International Federation of OB/GYN's (FIGO) Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee; and as a member of the scientific advisory panel of the University of California's Global Health Institute. Ms. Cabal graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She received her Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law.


  • Chief of Human Rights and Law at UNAIDS, and Lancet Commission Global Health and Law, Geneva, Switzerland