About us

The Secretariat to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) requested the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, a joint initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control and its member organization, Cancer Council Victoria, to serve as a knowledge hub in relation, in particular, to legal challenges to implementation of the WHO FCTC. The knowledge hub assists the Convention Secretariat to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between Parties, and provides technical assistance within the McCabe Centre’s areas of expertise. The knowledge hub also conducts training and participates in relevant WHO FCTC meetings and missions, as appropriate.

The McCabe Centre knowledge hub website covers two principal areas: the relationship between international trade and investment law and WHO FCTC implementation, and domestic legal challenges against tobacco control measures.

In the trade and investment sections of the knowledge hub website, Parties and interested partners can find information on:

  • the WHO FCTC, State obligations under international trade and investment law, and the relationships between them
  • trade and investment challenges to implementation of tobacco control measures

The domestic legal challenges section of the knowledge hub site provides information on common arguments raised in legal challenges in domestic and regional courts, as well as an overview of illustrative domestic and regional cases.

The McCabe Centre is based in Melbourne, Australia, and receives funding support from the Australian Government, which assists it to perform its knowledge hub functions.

For more about the McCabe Centre, see the About Us page on our website. You can also follow us on Twitter at @mccabe_centre and on LinkedIn at mccabe-centre

WHO FCTC parties who would like technical support from the McCabe Centre in its capacity as a knowledge hub should contact the Convention Secretariat at fctcsecretariat@who.int.

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