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About the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

About the International Legal Consortium (ILC)

The International Legal Consortium (ILC) is part of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). CTFK is one of five coordinating partners for the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use launched in 2006 by New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg.

Our mission is to eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease in low- and middle-income countries by advocating for the adoption and implementation of effective laws and policies.

The ILC seeks to promote strong, evidenced-based tobacco control policies embodied in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by providing legal assistance to lawyers, legal advocates, civil society, and governments worldwide. Since 2007, the ILC has provided technical assistance on legislation or litigation to government or non-governmental organizations from over 60 countries around the world.

The ILC provides assistance in:

  • legislative analysis and drafting
  • support for litigation to advance tobacco control policy and defend against legal challenges to tobacco control measures
  • international policy support
  • development of legislation and litigation resource materials
  • tobacco control policy development and implementation workshops
  • development of regional networks of tobacco control lawyers

International Legal Consortium Attorneys

Patricia Lambert, B.A. Hons. L.L.B. Director

Is a South African human rights and labor lawyer. Before directing the International Legal Consortium at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, she served as legal advisor to the South African government from 1997 until 2006 where she worked on various aspects of post-Apartheid law reform.  Her tobacco control responsibilities in that role included leading her country’s delegation during the FCTC negotiations.

International Legal Consortium Staff Attorneys

Liz Candler, J.D. Legal Advisor

Is an international development and litigation attorney who has worked in tobacco control for nearly four years. She most recently worked in the Middle East and North Africa on legal capacity building and labor litigation.

Monique Muggli, M.P.H., J.D.Legal Advisor

Is a public health attorney who has worked in international tobacco control as a research and litigation consultant for thirteen years. She has extensive experience exposing the once-secret internal tobacco industry documents and has published numerous papers on the subject.

Rose Nathan, M.P.H., J.D.Legal Advisor

Is a public health attorney with over fifteen years working in tobacco control.  An expert on legislative drafting, she has advised advocates and government officials from dozens of countries on drafting and implementing effective tobacco control laws and regulations.

Aaron Schwid, J.D.Legal Advisor

Is a human rights attorney with experience in litigation and legislation, and most recently specialized in international economic and trade regulations at a private law firm.

Patricia Waagstein, L.L.M., L.L.D.Legal Advisor

Is a practicing attorney, consultant and academic, who has worked in Indonesia, East Timor, and Sweden for over ten years. She has extensive experience and expertise in human rights, business and human rights issues, and international law.

Yu Xiuyan, Masters in LawLegal Advisor

Is a Chinese human rights and administrative law attorney with three years working in tobacco control. She has a comprehensive background in administrative law and in managing foreign donor-funded projects in China related to rule of law and governance.

International Legal Consortium Legal Consultants

Kaitlin Donley, J.D.Legal Consultant

Is a public health attorney who has reviewed and analyzed tobacco control laws from dozens of countries.  She is currently co-authoring a manual on drafting tobacco control legislation.

About the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

O'Neill Institute

Tobacco Control Laws – Litigation was produced in partnership with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. The mission of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is to provide innovative solutions for the leading health problems in the U.S. and globally. The essential vision for the O’Neill Institute rests upon the proposition that the law has been, and will remain, a fundamental tool for solving critical health problems in our global, national, and local communities. By contributing to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve health, the O’Neill Institute hopes to advance scholarship, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society sectors to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people to lead healthier lives.

The O’Neill Institute draws upon the Georgetown University’s considerable intellectual resources, including the School of Medicine, the Public Policy Institute, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. The O’Neill Institute has ongoing collaborations with organizations such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US Department of State, and the World Health Organization on a range of national and global health-related issues, including emergency preparedness, global health governance, global tobacco control strategies, health and human rights, and infectious disease control.

O'Neill Staff

  • Oscar Cabrera
  • Ana Ayala
  • Juan Carballo
  • Di Wu

Research Assistants

  • Fernanda Alonso
  • Melissa Bourne
  • Bethany Brown
  • Meara Conway
  • Fabiana Hernandez
  • Florian Kastler
  • Gladys Mbuyah
  • Jonathan Osborne
  • J.P. Shuster
  • Claudia Tavares
  • Yuncong Yang

Georgetown University Librarians

  • Mabel Shaw
  • Rachael Smith
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