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.
Mrs. Iftiaal Al Adawi, from the Sultanate of Oman, is a Legal Researcher at the Ministry of Legal Affairs in Muscat, Oman. Her responsibilities include: reviewing conventions and treaties; alternative dispute resolution, including construction arbitrations; drafting and reviewing government contracts and pre-tender documents; standardisation of contracts for the Ministries of Health, Education, and Housing; and researching and drafting legal opinions.
Mrs. Al Adawi has an LL.M. in International and Comparative Commercial Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, including an intercollegiate course on World Trade Law and Trade Linkages in the WTO at UCL, as well as an LL.B. from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Mr. Kuenzang Dorji, from Bhutan, is a Legal Officer for Department of Trade under Ministry of Economic Affairs, where he advises on trade policy, negotiation and implementation of bilateral and regional agreement to which Bhutan is party and on dispute settlement. Mr. Dorji holds a Postgraduate Diploma in National Law from Royal Institute of Management in Bhutan and has LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NALSAR University of Law, Andra Pradesh, India. He also holds various certificates in the area of trade and international trade training organized by WTO and other training institutions such as UNESCAP and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade , New Delhi, India.
Dennis Muhambe is a Foreign Service Officer and a lawyer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya. In this position, he provides legal advice to the Ministry on foreign policy, trade policy, international law, negotiations, and the drafting and implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements. He was involved in the drafting of Kenya’s Trade Remedies Bill, which provides for the establishment of the Kenyan Trade Remedies Agency. The Bill is currently pending in Parliament.
Mr. Muhambe holds an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law, and an LL.B. from Moi University in Kenya. In 2010 – 2011, he participated in the Fellows Program of the Institute of International Economic Law of Georgetown University Law Centre. He has also benefited from short term training courses on trade policy, multilateral negotiations, and intellectual property conducted by the WTO, UN, and WIPO respectively.
Mr. Hernán G. Muñoz Pérez, from Paraguay, is a lawyer in the Department of Multilateral Economic Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities include reviewing the economical and multilateral aspects of issues related to Paraguay’s status as a landlocked developing country. He is also involved in coordinating between capital and Paraguay’s WTO Mission on some WTO disciplines, especially the Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations and implementation process, as well as Dispute Settlement procedures and negotiations. Mr. Muñoz Pérez assisted as a member of the legal team that represents Paraguay in WTO disputes in which Paraguay participates as a third party. Mr Muñoz Pérez has a law degree from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción in Paraguay. He also holds a degree as a Notary Public from the Universidad Autónoma de Asunción.