Jonathan Cohen is the director of the Open Society Public Health Program, which advances health and human rights by promoting social inclusion, transparency, accountability, and participation in health policy and practice.
Cohen joined the Open Society Foundations in 2006 as the inaugural director of the Law and Health Initiative, supporting legal strategies to safeguard the health of socially excluded people. In 2012, Cohen became deputy director of the Public Health Program, where he facilitated program strategy and budget, deepened relationships with national and regional partners, and supervised core work.
From 2002 to 2006, Cohen was a researcher with the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, where he conducted numerous investigations of rights violations linked to the AIDS epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa, southeast Asia, and North America. A Canadian lawyer, Cohen served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001 and was coeditor in chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. He has published and spoken widely on a range of health and rights issues and was a cochair of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights
Cohen has degrees from Yale College, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.