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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.

African Legal Fellowship Program

The African Legal Fellowship Program will commence in September 2021.

The application process for the African Legal Fellowship Program is now open, and applications should be submitted by July 23, 2021 to africanfellowship@tobaccofreekids.org. Applicants should be based in a country within the WHO AFRO region.

Global Legal Fellowship Program

The Global Legal Fellowship Program began in May 2021. The 13 Fellows in the program are based in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Ukraine.

The Fellowship Programs' Unique Curriculum

The Fellowship Programs provide a unique opportunity to become experienced in law and public policy on tobacco control through a specially developed curriculum that includes:

  • In-depth legal training through interactive online content, live webinars with global experts, tutorials and group work.
  • Structured professional development through mentorship and observing work practices of ILC and O'Neill Institute Lawyers. 
  • Research projects. 
  • Assisting in drafting international tobacco control laws and contributing to technical assistance in defensive and proactive tobacco control litigation.

The Curriculum covers:

  • 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 June 24, 2021