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).
- Current Participants
- Former Participants 2016 - 2021
- Former Participants 2010 - 2015
- Former Participants 2005 - 2009
Valentina Botello León (2022-2023)
Ms Valentina Botello León, from the Republic of Colombia, is a lawyer in the International Legal Affairs Bureau at Colombia’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism. She has represented Colombia in the negotiation of free trade agreements and before trade organisations (such as the WTO, the Andean Community and the Pacific Alliance). She also drafts legal opinions on Colombia’s international trade commitments. Before joining the Ministry, she worked as a counsel in an investment arbitration law firm.
Ms Botello León holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and a Master’s Degree in Public International Law from Paris II Panthéon-Assas University. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Edmée Ratefinanahary Rantoarivola (2022-2023)
Ms Edmée Ratefinanahary Rantoarivola, from Madagascar, is a civil servant in Madagascar’s Commission on Trade and Competition, she evolved within the Department of Foreign Trade of the Ministry in charge of Industry and Trade and co-chaired the National Council on Trade Facilitation before being responsible for studies at the General Secretariat.
She has also chaired the Board of the Madagascar Standards Bureau.
Her responsibilities include analyzing international, regional, and bilateral trade agreements, and participating in negotiations on these agreements.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Antananarivo.
Ms Bwalya Mwansa Salamu (2022-2023)
Ms Bwalya Mwansa Salamu, from the Republic of Zambia, is Counsel in Zambia’s Ministry of Justice. Her responsibilities include negotiating and drafting domestic and international agreements, drafting legal opinions and advising the government on the signing and ratification of or accession to international agreements. She has represented the government in bilateral trade negotiations for the development of border agreements.
Ms. Salamu holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Zambia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education.
Ms Hoang Mai Tran (2022-2023)
Ms Hoang Mai Tran, from Viet Nam, is an officer at the Trade Remedies Authority of Vietnam. Her work involves anti-dumping/countervailing duty investigations against foreign products and drafting of legislation and regulations in the trade remedies area.
Ms Hoang Mai Tran holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from Hanoi Law University, a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the National Economics University (Viet Nam) and a LL.M. in Global Business Law from University of Washington School of Law.