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The ACWL’s Report on Operations for 2017 is now available on the ACWL’s website.

The ACWL’s mandate is to ensure that developing and least-developed countries are able to participate fully in the WTO legal system.  The ACWL provides, on demand, legal advice, assistance in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and training on WTO law to its developing country Members and to the least-developed countries (LDCs).

The Report on Operations for 2017 notes some important milestones that took place in 2017:  the ACWL provided 186 legal opinions on issues of WTO law to its developing country Members and the LDCS and has now provided almost 2,500 legal opinions since its inception.  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.

During 2017, the ACWL’s team of 11 lawyers participated in 14 different dispute settlement proceedings, including three new requests for assistance in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.  The ACWL has now provided assistance in 56 disputes, or approximately 20 per cent of all WTO disputes since the ACWL’s inception.

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 secretariat@acwl.ch.

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: name.surname@acwl.ch. Enquiries may also be addressed to secretariat@acwl.ch.

Report on Operations for 2017 (pdf)

 

25 June 2018

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