The Agreement Establishing the ACWL envisages that the ACWL offer training to government officials through internships, among other means. In fulfilment of this objective, in March 2005, the ACWL launched the Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers, under which government lawyers from developing country Members and LDCs 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. To date, 31 lawyers from 16 developing countries and seven LDCs have been trained under the programme.
Ms Kahaki Jere, from the Republic of Malawi, is a Legislative Counsel in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Her responsibilities include drafting of principal and subsidiary legislation in the areas of trade including intellectual property, competition, health, education, aviation and information; drafting and vetting of agreements, contracts and memoranda of understanding to which Government is a Party, loan and grant negotiations on behalf of the Government, with Development Partners like the World Bank; and advising on negotiation of international agreements at different fora such as SADC, COMESA, and the African Union.
Ms Jere holds a Master’s degree in International Trade Law from the University of Cape Town, a Post Graduate Legislative Drafting Certificate from Ghana Law School, and an LL.B. from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. She previously worked as an intern at Tralac and a secondee to the Legislative Counsel office of Alberta, Canada.
Ms Aruna Joshi, from Nepal, is an Under Secretary at the International Law and Treaties Division in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Nepal. Her responsibilities include: drafting legal opinions on matters related to international law; research, reviewing and analysing various issues of international law; advising on Nepal’s negotiations of multilateral and bilateral agreements, including trade agreements and other international legal agreements.
Ms Joshi holds an LL.B. degree and an LL.M. in Business and International Trade Law from Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal. Recently, she had participated in the United Nations Fellowship in International Law, 2017 at the Hague, the Netherlands.
Ms Likonelo Lebone from Lesotho is the Chief Legal Officer in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Her responsibilities include providing legal advice on trade policy and trade-related matters, including the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements such as the SACU+- and SADC, the Economic Partnership Agreement between the SADC member states and the EU, and the COMESA –EAC-SADC FTA Tripartite negotiations. She is also responsible for vetting agreements, preparing legislation drafting instructions, and assessing laws proposed by other Ministries to ensure consistency with trade laws and Lesotho’s obligations under international trade agreements, including the WTO.
Ms Lebone holds a Bachelor of Laws and LL.B. degrees from the National University of Lesotho and an LL.M. in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Ms Giang Huong Pham, from Viet Nam, is a Deputy Director of Trade Remedies Compliance Division under Trade Remedies Authority, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam. Her responsibilities deal with supervising trade remedies compliance issues including trade remedies cases against exports of Viet Nam, WTO dispute settlement, bilateral and multilateral negotiations, market economy status, and other related issues. In this capacity, she provides legal advice to relevant government authorities and technical assistance to business communities on issues relating to Viet Nam’s participation in various bilateral and multilateral for a, including FTA negotiations, WTO dispute settlement proceedings, trade policy review, and WTO negotiations.
Ms Giang holds a MSc. in International Business from the University of Birmingham, UK (under Chevening scholarship), an LL.B. at Ha Noi University of Law, 2 B.A. in International Business Economics (University of Foreign Trade) and in Chinese language (Ha Noi University), a certificate of the training program for lawyers at the Judicial Academy in Viet Nam. Ms Giang is also a member of Viet Nam Society of International Law.