About Us

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 80 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

Patricia Lambert is a South African human rights and labor lawyer. Before coming to the US to direct the International Legal Consortium at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, she served as legal advisor (1997 - 2007) to the South African government during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. In that role she worked on various aspects of post-Apartheid law reform, including the implementation of her country’s strong domestic tobacco control laws. Ms. Lambert was the lead negotiator and Head of Delegation for South Africa during the WHO FCTC negotiations and represented the African region on the Bureau that managed the negotiation process.

Catherine Adok, M.A., LL.B. Sub-Regional Coordinator, East Africa

Catherine Adok has more than 10 years of professional project management, advocacy, health, governance, and human rights experience, legal advisory and consultancy experience, having previously worked in a variety of industries including non-profit organizations, private corporate entities, global development, and government. Ms. Adok has served as an advisory on governance and human rights responsible for providing technical support to the Uganda Human Rights Commission on gender and human rights complaints management, National Planning Authority on developing the National Development Plan and Uganda Vision 2040, Equal Opportunities Commission on promoting the principle of equity, equality and non-discrimination and Uganda Bureau of Statistic in providing evidenced-based planning.

Liz Candler, J.D. Legal Advisor

Liz Candler is an international development and litigation attorney who has worked in tobacco control for almost seven years. At the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Ms. Candler provides legislative and litigation support to South Asian countries. Prior to the Campaign, she worked overseas on legal capacity building and labor law projects.

Juan Carballo, Abogado (J.D. equivalent), LL.M. Regional Legal Consultant, Latin America

Juan Carballo was a Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law from 2009-2011 and a legal advisor at the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina from 2012-2013. He has worked for different human rights NGOs and for the local government of Córdoba city. He earned his law degree in his home country of Argentina at the National University of Cordoba, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), at Georgetown University Law Center, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission. Mr. Carballo has worked as a short-term consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) regionally as well as in Peru and Ecuador. He has written papers and book chapters on Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, and Human Rights with a focus on the right to health.

Kaitlin Donley, J.D.Legal Advisor

Kaitlin Donley is a public health attorney who has worked in tobacco control policy for over four years. In her work, she has reviewed and analyzed tobacco control laws from dozens of countries. Ms. Donley has also worked with the World Health Organization on several projects on the issues of tobacco control and road safety.

Robert Eckford, LLBAssociate Legal Director

Robert Eckford has worked as a public law solicitor in the United Kingdom for 10 years. Most recently he worked for the UK Department of Health where he led the legal advice on standardised packaging of tobacco, along with a number of other tobacco control measures. He has advised on EU law matters including cases before the European courts and has been involved in litigation brought by the tobacco industry.

Monique Muggli, M.P.H., J.D.Associate Legal Director

Monique Muggli is a public health attorney who has worked in tobacco control policy for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Ms. Muggli was a research and litigation consultant for numerous domestic and international health organizations, governments, and private litigants. In that capacity, Ms. Muggli researched and published findings from the once-secret internal tobacco industry documents. Ms. Muggli has authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed articles and has been a contributor to several reports published by World Health Organization and its regional offices.

Rose Nathan, M.P.H., J.D.Associate Legal Director

Rose Nathan is a public health attorney with nearly 20 years of experience 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.

Yu Xiuyan, Masters in LawLegal Advisor

Yu Xiuyan is a Chinese human rights and administrative law attorney who has worked in tobacco control for several years. She has a comprehensive background in administrative law and in managing foreign donor-funded projects in China related to rule of law and governance.

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

Patricia Waagstein 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.

Katherine Shats, B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M.Legal Advisor


Katherine Shats is a public health attorney with policy expertise in tobacco control and non-communicable diseases. Most recently, she worked at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Shats has practiced law in Australia as an anti-trust lawyer, and later as a pro bono lawyer specializing in human rights and refugee law and has held several positions in the Australian government. She has lectured in health law, medical ethics and human rights at the Australian National University and at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.