Training programs

Through our International Legal Training Programs, we build the legal capability, knowledge and expertise of government lawyers, policymakers and leaders from low- and middle-income countries in the use of law as an effective and essential tool to prevent cancer and other non-communicable disease (NCDs).

With strengthened knowledge and understanding, participants are empowered to effect changes in law and policy to improve health and development outcomes in their countries. Together, we are reducing the global NCD burden, so no one is left behind.


We provide and facilitate several training programs and workshops to a range of professionals, from government lawyers and policymakers, to civil society representatives and international development practitioners.

Intensive course

The three-week intensive course strengthens the legal capability of policymakers, lawyers and leaders to support health and development outcomes. Program participants identify and commit to a priority project, applying the knowledge, expertise and skills acquired during the training to implement significant legal and policy developments in their countries.

Online course

Adapted from our intensive course, this six-week online training mixes self-paced modules with interactive live sessions covering key topics in harnessing law to prevent and control NCDs.

Alumni workshop

The alumni workshop is a one-week course for returning Intensive Course participants to build upon the momentum, skills and knowledge gained through the initial training and post-Course support. The workshop builds the leadership skills of alumni and deepens their network of support.

Executive workshop

The executive level workshop is a one-week course aimed at senior government officials to support their legal knowledge to make effective use of law for NCD prevention and improve health outcomes in their countries.

Thematic and regional workshops

We facilitate a range of thematic and regional workshops based on need. An example is a one-week workshop that explored Australia’s victory in the World Trade Organization dispute and the implications for tobacco control and public health.

Selecting participants

Participants are selected in coordination with World Health Organization (WHO) regional and country offices, and the Secretariat to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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Through various training activities since 2014, we have built capacity among government lawyers and policymakers around the world to introduce effective laws to improve health outcomes and defend them when they are challenged.

McCabe Centre alumni – lawyers and policymakers who have completed our intensive course of three-weeks – have made huge strides in advancing law to fight cancer and other NCDs through their Priority Projects.

At the completion of the Intensive Course, alumni commit to a priority project based on health needs in their country. Our alumni create real and lasting change across the globe, such as in:

  • Samoa where amendments to strengthen the Tobacco Control Act have been passed
  • India where the use of Graphic Health Warnings covering 85% of tobacco products was successfully defended
  • Thailand where tobacco plain packaging laws have come into force
  • Kenya where McCabe Centre alumni have been invited as experts to assist the WHO to train government officials in law and NCDs

Our alumni network

We have more than 270 McCabe Centre alumni – participants who have completed our Intensive Course – spread across 77 countries around the globe who are committed to advancing law to fight cancer and other NCDs.

Program support

Our International Legal Training Programs are supported primarily by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Funding is also received from other government agencies and intergovernmental organisations.