Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers
The Agreement Establishing the ACWL envisages that the ACWL offer training to government officials through internships, among other means. In fulfilment of this objective, in March 2005, the ACWL launched the Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers, under which government lawyers from developing country Members and LDCs join the staff of the ACWL as paid trainees for a nine-month term starting in mid-September and ending in mid-June of the following year.
The programme gives government lawyers from developing countries and LDCs an opportunity to work with, and learn from, a team of experienced lawyers that are actively involved in WTO legal issues and dispute settlement proceedings. It is funded by voluntary contributions made by developed country Members of the ACWL. To date, 47 lawyers from 18 developing countries and ten LDCs have been trained under the programme (30 females and 17 males).
Alejandro Matsuno Remigio (2020-2021)
Mr. Alejandro Matsuno Remigio, from Peru, is a legal counsel for economic affairs and international economic negotiations at Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He advises on a wide range of WTO and intellectual property-related issues at multilateral and bilateral levels, and has represented Peru in the WTO trade policy review and dispute settlement mechanisms, as well as in WIPO and other international economic organizations.
Additionally, on behalf of his Ministry, he has served as deputy commissioner on national task forces on matters such as international investment disputes, the regulation of international food safety and health standards, biosecurity and biopiracy. He also oversees the enforcement of Peruvian intellectual property rights abroad through the Peruvian Foreign Service.
Mr. Matsuno Remigio holds a Master of International Law and Economics (magna cum laude) from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a LL.B. (with distinction) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). He has also been an adjunct lecturer on international law at the PUCP School of Law.
Nada Morsy Elzahar (2020-2021)
Ms Nada Morsy Elzahar, from Egypt, is a State Counselor at the Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority (ESLA). Her responsibilities include representing Egypt in investment arbitrations (before ICSID, PCA) and in international commercial arbitration. Her work involves drafting legal opinions and memorials and representing Egypt in hearings.
Ms Morsy Elzahar holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honors) from Ain Shams University (graduating second in her class) and a French legal studies diploma from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. She also holds a Master II in International and European Business Law from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (graduating third in her class). She has also participated in summer courses organized by the Hague Academy for International Law, the Paris & Africa Arbitration Academies, and Columbia University in New York.
Sadia Sultan (2020-2021)
Ms Sadia Sultan, from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a Section Officer in the Foreign Trade Wing (Europe & Americas) at the Ministry of Commerce. Her responsibilities include carrying out bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations with Pakistan’s counterparts. She is also the desk officer for the implementation of the 27 UN Conventions linked to EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP Plus). She has represented the State on behalf of the foreign importers in commercial trade disputes before the Commercial Courts.
Before joining the Civil Service of Pakistan in 2017 as a Commerce and Trade Group Officer, she was an Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan with five year of litigation experience.
Ms. Sultan holds a Law Degree from the University of London.