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The ACWL is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 cycle of its Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers has begun. On 16 September 2019, four government lawyers, Ms Shazia Bi Kurmoo from Mauritius, Mr. Marvin Ikondere from Uganda, Mr. Mohammad Rabi Nabizada from Afghanistan, and Mr. Juan Andrés Valladares Calderon from Guatemala, joined the ACWL as the newest participants in the Secondment Programme.  These lawyers were selected from 73 eligible candidates that were nominated by the governments.

The Secondment Programme gives lawyers from the governments of least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing country ACWL Members the opportunity to broaden their professional experience in the field of WTO law by joining the ACWL’s staff as paid trainees for a nine-month term. The Programme provides the seconded lawyers with both theoretical training and practical experience in WTO law and an opportunity to participate actively in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. To date, lawyers from 18 developing countries and 11 LDCs have been trained under the Programme, including 29 women and 18 men.

Ms Shazia Bi Kurmoo, Mr. Marvin Ikondere, Mr. Mohammad Rabi Nabizada and Mr. Juan Andrés Valladares Calderon, will remain at the ACWL until 15 June 2020, when they will return to their government positions.

In June 2019, Ms Koolanant Boonyasait from Thailand, Mr. Mulualem Getachew Adgeh of Ethiopia, Mr. Sai Krishna Prasad Gopisetty from India, and Ms Silvia Mulhovo Scuzzarella from Mozambique, completed their Secondments and returned to their government positions.

Invitations to nominate candidates for the 2020-2021 term of the Secondment Programme will be sent to ACWL developing country Members and to the LDCs that are entitled to the services of the ACWL in February 2020.


1 October 2019

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