Brenda Cossman

Brenda Cossman is a Professor of Law, at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto (1985), served as a law clerk to the Ontario Court of Appeal (1985-86)  and received her LL.M. from Harvard University (1988).  She was a member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University from 1988-98.  In the fall of 2002 and 2003, she was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

Her teaching and research is in the area of family law, feminist theory, law and film, and sexuality and the law.  Her new book, Sexual Citizens: The Legal and Cultural Regulation of Sex and Belonging has just been published by Stanford University Press. Her previous publications include the co-authored books, Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism and the Butler Decision, (1997), and Subversive Sites:  Feminist Engagement with Law in India (1996).  She is co-editor of Privatization, Law and the Challenge of Feminism (2002), as well as the author of numerous book chapters and law review articles on issues of feminism, sexuality and family law.

In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Cossman has written numerous research reports for government agencies including the Ontario Law Reform Commission, the Law Commission of Canada and the Federal Department of Justice on issues relating to the legal regulation of the family.