The ACWL is pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 cycle of its Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers has begun. On 16 September 2016, four government lawyers, Ms Iftiaal Al Adawi of Oman, Mr. Kuenzang Dorji of Bhutan, Mr. Dennis Muhambe of Kenya and Mr. Hernan Muñoz Perez of Paraguay, joined the ACWL as the newest participants in the Secondment Programme.

The Secondment Programme gives lawyers from the governments of least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing country ACWL Members the opportunity to broaden their professional experience in the field of WTO law by joining the ACWL’s staff as paid trainees for a nine-month term. The Programme provides the seconded lawyers with both theoretical training and practical experience in WTO law and an opportunity to participate actively in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. To date, 31 lawyers from 16 developing countries and seven LDCs have been trained under the Programme.

Ms Al Adawi, Mr. Dorji, Mr. Muhambe and Mr. Muñoz Pérez will remain at the ACWL until 15 June 2017, when they will return to their government positions.

Invitations to nominate candidates for the 2017-2018 term of the Secondment Programme will be sent to ACWL developing country Members and to the LDCs that are entitled to the services of the ACWL in February 2017.

04 October 2016

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