The ACWL’s Report on Operations for 2016 is now available on the ACWL’s website.

The Report explains how the ACWL fulfils its mandate to ensure that WTO Members that lack the legal capacity or resources to do so on their own are, nevertheless, fully and equally able to participate in the WTO legal system.  The Report notes some important milestones that took place in 2016:  the ACWL provided 196 legal opinions on issues of WTO law to its developing country Members and least-developed countries, increasing the number of legal opinions that the ACWL has provided since its inception to a total of 2,310.  These legal opinions help developing and least-developed countries participate fully in the WTO legal system by increasing their understanding of WTO law and enabling them to defend their interests in the WTO.  The ACWL’s legal advice also serves an important dispute prevention function by enabling these countries to ensure the WTO-consistency of their trade-related measures.

The ACWL received four new requests for assistance in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, increasing the participation of the ACWL in those proceedings to 53 – approximately 20 per cent of all WTO disputes since the ACWL’s inception.  During 2016, the ACWL’s team of 11 lawyers  participated in 14 different dispute settlement proceedings.

The ACWL’s Annual Training Course for Geneva-based delegates continued to include both a Moot Court Competition and an optional exam.   The ACWL’s Secondment Programme provides a unique opportunity for government lawyers from developing and least-developed countries to gain hands-on experience and training in WTO law.

The Report also describes the ACWL’s outreach activities and other aspects of the ACWL’s operations.

Printed copies of the Report will be available soon and will be sent to ACWL Members and to the least-developed countries entitled to the ACWL’s services. The ACWL will also be pleased to provide printed copies of the Report to other interested institutions or persons. To request a printed copy, please send an e-mail stating your name and mailing address to

If you have any questions regarding this Report or the operations of the ACWL, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director or any other ACWL staff member using the following standard email format: Enquiries may also be addressed to

Report on Operations for 2016 (pdf)

10 July 2017

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