McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria and the Union for International Cancer Control. Its mission is to contribute to the effective use of the law for cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research. 

The McCabe Centre conducts research, policy development, capacity building and advocacy. It employs lawyers, and hosts international interns and fellows, law student interns and pro bono secondees in a multidisciplinary environment that includes expertise across cancer control generally, including epidemiology and behavioural science. It brings together lawyers, legal academics and cancer control experts and advocates. It collaborates with other non-governmental organizations, law schools and legal practitioners, and works, as appropriate, with governments and intergovernmental organisations.   

The McCabe Centre is the only centre of its kind in the world. It aims to help build capacity globally in the effective use of law for cancer control, working with member organisations of UICC, the leading global cancer control non-governmental organization, with over 700 member organisations across 155 countries. 

The McCabe Centre:

  • conducts research, policy development, advocacy and training
  • develops and disseminates materials on the relationship between law and cancer control
  • provides cancer control organizations and others with an interest in cancer control with a place (both real and virtual) to go for information
  • provides a forum for discussion and sharing of information and experiences
  • connects lawyers, legal academics and law students with cancer control researchers and advocates and with other disciplines (eg public health, behavioural research, health economics, medicine)

The McCabe Centre’s current areas of focus are the key cancer prevention areas of tobacco and alcohol control and obesity prevention, access to medicines, cancer treatment and supportive care and cancer research. Its work spans diverse areas of domestic and international law including health law, consumer protection law, constitutional law, trade law, investment law, intellectual property law, drug control law and human rights law.  

McCabe Centre website