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Allyn Taylor

Allyn Taylor

Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

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Selected Active Projects
  • WHO IHR i-Course
  • WHO, Medicines Policy & Standards Division
  • WHO, Human Resources for Health Division

Professor Allyn Taylor, J.D., LL.M, J.S.D., joined Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor of Law in 2007. She is also an adjunct professor of international relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. With almost twenty years of experience as a scholar and practitioner in the field, Dr. Taylor is recognized as a leading authority in global health law.

In the early 1990s Professor Taylor initiated the idea of a global treaty on tobacco with her colleague, the late Professor Ruth Roemer of the UCLA School of Public Health. Professor Taylor's idea of a framework convention on tobacco control, which she developed as part of her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University School of Law, became the basis of WHO's first treaty, the FCTC. Subsequently, Dr. Taylor became the senior legal adviser on the staff at WHO for the negotiation and the adoption of the FCTC, the first treaty negotiated at the World Health Organization.

Dr. Taylor has been legal consultant to The World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organization of American States, the Pan American Health Organization, the Overseas Development Council, the Framework Convention Alliance, the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Realizing Rights: The Equitable Globalization Initiative and the International Union Against Cancer. Since 2008 she has worked as a senior legal adviser with the WHO Human Resources for Health Division for the negotiation of the WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel. In March 2009, she was appointed the Board of the International Union Against Cancer's Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative and represented the UICC at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Dr. Taylor also serves on the International Advisory Committee for the International Center for Human Rights and Drug Policy in London.

Dr. Taylor holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and a masters and a doctorate in international law from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow in public international law. She has written extensively on global health law and policy concerns, including global tobacco control, the International Health Regulations, global access to pain medication, women's health, biotechnology, health and human rights, international health security, and communicable disease control. From 2000 to 2004 she was the Chair of the International Health Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Selected Publications


Taylor, A. , T. Alfven, D. Hougendobler, S. Tanaka, and K. Buse. "Leveraging non-binding instruments for global health governance: reflections from the Global AIDS Reporting Mechanism for WHO reform." The Public Health Journal 128, no. 2 (2014): 151-160.

Taylor, Allyn L, and John Thorpe. "Strengthening the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control's Monitoring Mechanism: An Agenda for Reform." O'Neill Institute White Paper, September 30, 2014.


Ayala, Ana, Paula Avila-Guillen, R. Taylor, and K. Hartman. "Maternal Health and Human Rights National and Global Perspectives." Presented at 2012 Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights, Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Institute and O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, May 15, 2013.

Taylor, Allyn, and Ibadat Dhillon. The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues.: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Taylor, Allyn L. , and Ibadat Dhillon. "A Global Legal Architecture to Address the Challenges of Health Worker Migration". In The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues . New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Taylor, Allyn L. . "The International Health Regulations: Addressing Emerging Challenges in Implementation." Presented at University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, January 23, 2013.

Taylor, Allyn . "Twenty-First Century Lawmaking for International Alcohol Control." Addiction 108, no. 3 (2013): 461-462.


Taylor, Allyn L., Ibadat S. Dhillon, and Lenias Hwenda. "A WHO/UNICEF Global Code of Practice on the Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Beverages to Children." Journal of Global Health Governance V, no. 2 (2012).

Taylor, Allyn L., and Ibadat S. Dhillon. "An international legal strategy for alcohol control: not a framework convention—at least not yet." Addiction: Society for the Study of Addiction (2012).

Taylor, Allyn L. "Global Health Law". In Global Health Diplomacy: Concepts, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases. New York, 2012.


Taylor, Allyn L. "Plain Packaging: Fighting the Chill of Investment Treaties." JURIST, December 7, 2011.

Taylor, Allyn L., Lenias Hwenda, Bjørn-Inge Larsen, and Nils Daulaire. "Stemming the Brain Drain : A WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel." The New England Journal of Medicine 365, no. 25 (2011): 2348-2351.

Taylor, Allyn L., and Ibadat S. Dhillon. "The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel: The Evolution of Global Health Diplomacy." Global Health Governance V (2011): 1.


Taylor, Allyn L., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "International recruitment of health personnel." The Lancet 375 (2010): 1673-1675.

Lord, Janet E., David Suozzi, and Allyn L. Taylor. "Lessons from the Experience of U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Global Health Governance." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 38, no. 3 (2010): 564-579.


Taylor, Allyn L. Enjeux Contemporains Liés à la Gouvernance de la Santé Mondiale. Editted by Bartha Knoppers, and Yann Joly. Montréal: Thémis, 2008.

Taylor, Allyn L., Lawrence O. Gostin, and Katrina A. Pagonis. "Ensuring Effective Pain Treatment: A National and Global Perspective." Journal of the American Medical Association 299, no. 1 (2008): 89-91.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Allyn L. Taylor. "Global Health Law: A Definition and Grand Challenges." Journal of Public Health Ethics 1, no. 1 (2008): 53-63.

Taylor, Allyn L. International Law and Public Health Policy. Editted by Stella Quah, and Kristian Heggenhougen. San Diego: Academic Press, 2008.

Taylor, Allyn L. "The Draft WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel." ASIL Insights 12, no. 23 (2008).

Dayrit, Manuel, Allyn L. Taylor, Jean Yan, Jean-Marc Braichet, Pascal Zurn, and Esther Shainblum. "WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 86, no. 10 (2008): 739.


Taylor, Allyn L. "Addressing the Global Tragedy of Needless Pain: Rethinking the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 35, no. 4 (2007): 556-70.

Taylor, Allyn L., and Karen C. Sokol. The Evolution of Global Health Law. Editted by Guiliana Z. Capaldo. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.


Roemer, Ruth, Allyn L. Taylor, and Jean Lariviere. "Origins of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control." American Journal of Public Health 95, no. 6 (2005): 936-938.