Lia Magtibay is a 2022 graduate of the LL.M. in National and Global Health Law program.

Magtibay is interested in global health diplomacy. As it becomes easier for global health issues to escalate to security events and have significant impacts on among others, trade human rights, global health becomes an ever more critical element in foreign policy. Global health diplomacy will allow her to engage with health actors to address issues of common concern, and to learn new skills needed to negotiate for health in the face of other interests.

Magtibay currently works for the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and is assigned to the Planning Division of the Office of Financial Management and Services. She previously worked as the principal assistant of the Human Rights Division of the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations. Prior to joining the DFA, her experiences include working at the legal office of a local government and as a junior legal consultant of a non-governmental organization working on tobacco control.

Magtibay received both her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degrees from the University of the Philippines. She earned her Global Tobacco Control and Certificate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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