Patty Skuster, JD, MPP

Patty Skuster, JD, MPP
Adjunct Fellow

Senior Legal Advisor for Technical Innovation and Evidence, Ipas

Public Health Interests

Global Health, Law, Policy, Women's Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Patty Skuster serves as Senior Legal Advisor at Ipas, where she develops innovative projects on the law, human rights, and abortion care and researches US foreign policy, legal risk in humanitarian settings, abortion with pills, and other emergent legal issues. Since joining Ipas in 2005, Skuster has authored guidebooks, briefing papers, online-training, and peer-reviewed articles on abortion, international and comparative law, and human rights, including such topics as partnering with law enforcement, constitutional rights, legal risk, conscientious objection, regulation of abortion providers, self-managed abortion, adolescents’ right to consent, and abortion in US foreign policy. She shaped legal standards at UN and African human rights bodies and advised, trained, and produced guidance on evidence- and rights-based abortion law and policy for African and Asian advocates, lawyers, parliamentarians, and ministry officials.