Introduction

The ACWL provides training on WTO law through annual courses, occasional seminars and training sessions on topical issues of interest, and its Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers.

In 2005, the ACWL launched the Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers, under which lawyers from the governments of LDCs and developing country Members join the staff of the ACWL as paid trainees for a nine-month term starting in mid-September and ending in mid-June of the following year. The programme gives government lawyers from developing countries and LDCs an opportunity to work with, and learn from, a team of experienced lawyers that are actively involved in WTO legal issues and dispute settlement proceedings. It is funded by voluntary contributions made by developed country Members of the ACWL. Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Sweden have contributed to the financing of the Secondment Programme. To date, 23 government lawyers from 13 developing countries and six different LDCs have participated in the programme.

In addition, the ACWL offers seminars on significant panel and Appellate Body rulings and other subjects of topical interest and, upon request, special training sessions on specific issues of WTO law.