This presentation considers the contribution that international law can make to global health governance with a historical analysis of the 2003 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first convention adopted under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Following the adoption of the FCTC, numerous commentators have called for the adoption of framework conventions in other realms of global health concern. The presentation critically assesses the utility of the FCTC as a model for future global health governance by providing a background on negotiations, adoption, and implementation of the Convention. It also considers key lessons learned from the FCTC negotiations for future global health lawmaking.


Dr. Allyn Taylor has 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, teacher, and scholar in global health law, policy, and organization. She has worked as a legal advisor on staff and as a consultant with the World Health Organization since 1993, including serving as the senior legal advisor for the negotiation and adoption of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. She developed the idea of the FCTC, the first convention adopted by the World Health Organization, as part of her doctoral dissertation at Columbia School of Law.

Dr. Taylor has taught on the faculties at Georgetown University School of Law, the University of California Hastings College of the Law, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Maryland Schools of Law and Medicine. She is currently an Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of Washington, where she has co-directed the summer program in global health law and policy.

Dr. Taylor has worked as a legal consultant with national, international, and nonprofit organizations, including the World Bank, PAHO, WHO, the Aspen Institute Realizing Rights Equitable Globalization Initiative, the International Union Against Cancer, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Framework Convention Alliance, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the All Ireland Institute of Public Health, and the Swedish Ministry of Health and Affairs. She holds a BA and JD from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s and a doctorate in international law from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow in public international law.