The International Legal Consortium (ILC) is part of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The ILC is a team of lawyers that have extensive experience in public health and international law, with regional specializations. Since it was established in 2007, the ILC has provided legal technical assistance in over 80 countries. Find out more about what we do and the resources we provide.

International Legal Consortium Lawyers

Patricia Lambert, B.A. Hons. LL.B.
Director
plambert@tobaccofreekids.org

Patricia Lambert is a South African human rights and labor lawyer. Before coming to the US in 2007 to direct the International Legal Consortium at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, she served as legal advisor (1997 - 2006) 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. Patricia 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.

Liz Candler, J.D.
Legal Consultant (South Asia)
lcandler@tobaccofreekids.org

Liz Candler is an international development and litigation attorney who has worked in tobacco control for almost ten years. At the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Liz 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
jcarballo@tobaccofreekids.org

Juan Carballo earned his law degree in his home country of Argentina at the National University of Córdoba and his Master of Laws at Georgetown University Law Center sponsored by the Fulbright Commission. Juan worked for different human rights NGOs and for the local government of Córdoba city. He was also a Law Fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and worked as a short-term consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization. He has written papers and book chapters on constitutional law, environmental law, and human rights with a focus on the right to health. At the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Juan provides legislative and litigation support to Latin American countries.

Kaitlin Donley, J.D.
Legal Advisor
kdonley@tobaccofreekids.org

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

Robert Eckford, LL.B.
Associate Legal Director
reckford@tobaccofreekids.org

Robert Eckford worked as a public law solicitor in the United Kingdom for 10 years, initially on mental health and education law. He worked for the Official Solicitor of England and Wales then spent four years with the UK Department of Health where he led the legal advice on standardized packaging of tobacco laws and other tobacco control measures, as well as advising on the UK’s negotiation of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive. He advised on EU law matters including cases before the European courts and assisted with defense preparation for litigation brought by the tobacco industry. At the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Robert administers the Bloomberg/Gates anti-tobacco litigation fund and provides specialist advice on the intersection between tobacco and international trade and investment law.

Meredith Morgan, J.D.
Legal Advisor
mmorgan@tobaccofreekids.org

Meredith Morgan has worked in health law and policy for more than ten years. Prior to working at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Meredith was a health attorney contractor in the Office of Inspector General at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. During law school, she was employed as a White House Associate in the Obama administration. Before entering law school, Meredith worked in the United States Congress where she analyzed health and science legislation for Congressman Butterfield. At the Campaign, Meredith reviews and evaluates international tobacco control laws.

Monique Muggli, M.P.H., J.D.
Associate Legal Director
mmuggli@tobaccofreekids.org

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, Monique was a research and litigation consultant for numerous domestic and international health organizations, governments, and private litigants. In that capacity, Monique researched and published findings from the once-secret internal tobacco industry documents. Monique 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
rnathan@tobaccofreekids.org

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.

Gianella Severini, Abogada (J.D. Equivalent)
Regional Legal Consultant, Latin America / Legal Consultant / Legal Advisor
gseverini@tobaccofreekids.org

Gianella Severini is an Argentinian attorney graduated from the National University of Córdoba who completed part of her studies at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines. She worked as a human rights research assistant at the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Gianella has also worked as a legal assistant at the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina. She has been working in human rights with a focus on the right to health and non-communicable diseases, including tobacco control. At the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Gianella provides legislative and litigation support to Latin American countries.

Irma Zejćirović, M.A.
Executive Assistant
izejcirovic@tobaccofreekids.org

Irma Zejcirovic earned her Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Irma then worked at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, DC as the Assistant to the Ambassador and as a Research Assistant at the George Washington University. Irma has been with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids since October 2018.