On 18 June 2020, the ACWL completed its eighteenth annual training course on WTO law for Geneva-based delegates of the ACWL’s developing country Members and the least-developed countries (LDCs). The course began in October 2019 and, following the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, the ACWL continued to provide the course on a virtual basis. On completion of the course in June, 41 delegates had attended the required number of sessions to receive the ACWL’s Certificate of Training.
The ACWL’s Training Programme is divided into three annual courses each covering different aspects of WTO law and WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The 2019/2020 course focused on Services, Intellectual Property, Trade Remedies, and Other Disciplines. The course takes place on Thursday afternoons at the ACWL’s offices. This year, there were 24 sessions held between 3 October 2019 and 18 June 2020. The course is taught by the ACWL’s lawyers, drawing on their extensive practical experience in WTO law and dispute settlement proceedings.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the ACWL continued the course on a virtual basis, conducting sessions via ZOOM while also offering delegates online quizzes to review topics covered earlier in the course. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, the Moot Court exercise that normally forms a very popular part of the course could not be completed as scheduled this year.
Once again, the ACWL offered delegates the opportunity to take a written examination at the end of the course. The examination could be taken online or in person (only two delegates chose to take the exam at the ACWL’s premises) between Monday, 20 July and Friday, 24 July 2020. Out of 31 delegates that took the examination, 24 passed and received the ACWL’s Certificate of Achievement.
The ACWL’s 2020/2021 training course will start in October 2020 and will focus on WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures.
The ACWL’s training course is provided free of charge to Geneva-based delegates of developing-country ACWL Members and of the LDCs. Invitations to attend the course and a draft programme will be sent to the missions of ACWL developing countries and the LDCs in September 2020. The ACWL is currently reviewing whether it will be possible to provide to resume in-person classes and will be guided by prevailing Swiss government and WTO protocols on the conduct of meetings and social distancing.
25 August 2020