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Starting in 2021, the International Legal Consortium (ILC) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will be providing two Legal Fellowship Programs, in association with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University:

  • The Global Legal Fellowship Program in tobacco control law and policy, and
  • The African Legal Fellowship Program in tobacco control law and policy.

The 18-month, part-time programs are an exciting and unique opportunity to learn from global experts and participate in the specially developed curriculum, designed to create a cohort of lawyers to join the international effort to combat the tobacco epidemic.

The Fellowship Programs will be of interest to early- or mid-career lawyers currently working in a civil society organization, government office, academic institution or law firm, with an interest in and commitment to public interest law. No prior tobacco control experience is required. Fellows will be provided with a stipend and be expected to commit to 4-6 hours per week of training. 

The application process for the Global Legal Fellowship Program is now open, and applications should be submitted by March 5, 2021, to globalfellowship@tobaccofreekids.org

Applicants should be based in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam. 

The application process for the African Legal Fellowship Program will open shortly. Please see this page for updates. Applicants should be based in a country within the WHO AFRO region – for a list of countries, see here https://www.afro.who.int/countries.

The Fellowship Programs’ unique curriculum will cover: 

  • Evidence-based tobacco control policies; 
  • Legislative drafting and policy development;
  • The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and implementing guidelines; 
  • The tobacco industry’s role in creating a global tobacco epidemic and its continued efforts to create new generations of tobacco and nicotine users;
  • Litigation to defend against industry challenges and to enforce existing tobacco control laws; 
  • How tobacco control integrates with the wider UN treaty system, global NCD objectives and the human rights agenda. 
  • The roles of the WHO, government and civil society in advancing policy change; 
  • Communication training for lawyers; and 
  • Translating research and analysis into effective policy and regulatory proposals. 

All program content will initially be provided online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specially developed virtual based curriculum. If international travel becomes appropriate and safe, Fellows will be provided with opportunities to travel to the CTFK offices in Washington DC, USA, for in-person training and mentorship.


Last updated Jan. 19, 2021