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The ACWL is pleased to announce the launch of its 19th annual training course and looks forward to welcoming former and new participants. This year’s course will focus on WTO dispute settlement procedures. The proposed programme for the course is attached.

The course will start on Thursday, 15 October 2020 and end on 20 May 2021. The course is designed for Geneva-based government officials from ACWL developing country Members and from the least-developed countries, particularly those delegates whose functions involve the legal aspects of trade policy. The lecturers will be the Executive Director and the lawyers of the ACWL.

Unfortunately, due to the social distancing rules arising from the COVID-19 situation, we will not be able to conduct the course entirely in person at our offices, in the same manner as previous years, at least initially. We have not yet finally decided how to conduct the initial sessions of the course.

We would therefore like to seek your views as to how you would like to participate in the ACWL’s training course. We would be grateful if you could take 10 minutes to complete this survey to provide us with your feedback. We will then provide further information on how we intend to proceed before the initial session on 15 October, taking into account your preferences and the prevailing Swiss/WTO protocols on the conduct of meetings and social distancing. We hope to be able to return to normal as time goes by.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to participants that attend a sufficient number of the sessions. In addition, we will offer an optional exam at the end of the course. Successful candidates will obtain a Certificate of Achievement.

Interested officials of ACWL developing country Members and LDCs should download the registration form below, complete it (attach a digital photograph) and return it by email to no later than Friday, 2 October 2020.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding this course, please contact our secretariat at or +41 22 919 21 21.

ACWL Training Course Proposed Programme 2020-2021 (pdf)

Registration Form (Word)


29 September 2020

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