The ACWL invites nominations for the 2018-2019 cycle of the Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers. The Secondment Programme is among the ACWL’s most successful and popular activities. To date, a total of 39 government lawyers from 16 developing countries and eight least-developed countries have participated in the Programme. These include lawyers from Bhutan, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam and Uganda.

The Programme is intended to provide government officials entrusted with functions relating to the legal aspects of trade policy the opportunity to broaden their professional experience in the field of WTO law by temporarily joining the staff of the ACWL. Up to four successful candidates will join the staff of the ACWL as paid trainees from mid-September 2018 to mid-June 2019. The participants will be provided with both theoretical training and practical experience in WTO law and an opportunity to participate actively in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Upon completion of the Programme, the participants are expected to resume their employment with their government.

The ACWL is looking for highly-motivated lawyers that will return to work in their government on trade and other international legal matters.  It is understood that some lawyers, especially those from least-developed countries, may not have significant prior experience in WTO law.  This will not disqualify any otherwise qualified nominees from these countries.

Previous participants have said about the Programme “In terms of legal training and the WTO, there is no better place to learn hands-on how the international trade community works and to do it side-by-side with excellent professionals” and have also said “The ACWL gave me extensive experience that I couldn’t find elsewhere”.

ACWL developing country Members and least-developed countries are invited to nominate suitable candidates. Each country should nominate no more than two candidates. All candidates are requested to provide a detailed CV and to complete a personal history form. The form can be downloaded at the link below. If you have problems downloading it, you may request a copy by contacting

Further details of the application procedures and eligibility requirements are available in the Secondment Programme Memorandum, which can also be downloaded below.

The deadline for the submission of applications is Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

Personal history form (Word)
Secondment Programme Memorandum 2018-2019 (pdf)


6 February 2018

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