The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is administering the newly created Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund, a joint effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The aim of the fund is to support low-and middle-income countries to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent governments from passing strong tobacco-control laws. The International Trade and Investment Law Specialist will serve as the Campaign’s subject matter expert and will work with other Campaign staff to ensure that governments and civil society leaders in low-and middle-income countries receive the support necessary to protect their tobacco control policies from challenges issued by the tobacco industry through the international trade system. This is an exempt position that reports to the Director, International Legal Consortium.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical assistance to low and middle income countries to assist them in drafting and enacting strong tobacco control laws that would reduce their exposure to claims of international trade and investment rule violations;
Review and make recommendations with regard to applications for legal assistance submitted by low- and middle-income countries;
Provide technical assistance to the CTFK’s legal team as part of the on-going support that we offer to countries;
Monitor and provide monthly reports and regular updates on global trade threats to tobacco control policies;
Advocacy work relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Trans- Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), including drafting materials and liaising with domestic and international partners;
Monitor and report on trade developments relevant to public health and tobacco control.
Identify and support a cohort of trade lawyers, to advise countries facing trade threats;
Work with CTFK’s research and legal teams to document and capture case studies and public health literature related to international trade and public health;
Interact with primary donors to keep them abreast of developments related to international trade and public health.
An advanced university degree in law, including specialized studies in international trade law.
At least five years of relevant practical experience in international trade law, experience conducting litigation in the WTO and/or in international investment tribunals preferred. Sound knowledge of both forums necessary.
Demonstrable knowledge of international laws relating to the protection of intellectual property rights, particularly the TRIPs agreement.
Demonstrable understanding of the effect of trade and investment agreements on public health (strongly preferred).
French or Spanish written and oral language proficiency preferred.
Exceptional interpersonal, communication and analytical skills.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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.