The Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) is pleased to announce that Kazakhstan has completed its accession to the ACWL and has become the 37th developing country ACWL Member. On 13 December 2019, Kazakhstan signed its Protocol of Accession to the Agreement Establishing the ACWL and its accession to the ACWL formally took effect on 28 June 2020.
Following Kazakhstan’s accession, 81 countries*, or just under half of the Members of the WTO, are entitled to turn to the ACWL for advice on WTO law, support in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and legal training.
All developing countries that are Members of the WTO or are in the process of acceding to the WTO may apply to become Members of the ACWL. The 44 least-developed countries (LDCs) that are Members of the WTO or are in the process of acceding to the WTO are automatically entitled to the services of the ACWL, without having to become Members of the ACWL.
* Includes separate customs territories
07 July 2020