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, 43 lawyers from 16 developing countries and ten LDCs have been trained under the programme.
Koolanant Boonyasait (2018-2019)
Ms Koolanant Boonyasait, from Thailand, is a Trade Officer at Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce of Thailand. Her responsibilities include drafting and vetting memoranda of understanding and international trade agreements; providing legal opinions on the consistency of trade-related legislations and regulations with international trade law and Thailand’s obligations under international agreements; preparing and advising on FTA negotiations with respect to legal and institutional chapters, including the dispute settlement chapters.
Ms Boonyasait holds a Bachelor of Laws from Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, as well as Master and PHD degrees in European Union Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Mulualem Getachew (2018-2019)
Mr. Mulualem Getachew, from Ethiopia, is a Legal Counsel and First Secretary at the International Organizations Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where his duties drafting legal and policy opinions in the area of humanitarian issues relating to migration and refugees. In this capacity, he has represented Ethiopia in several international fora, including the six rounds of negotiation on Global Compact for Migration. He has also served as the WTO Desk Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working closely with the Steering and Technical Committee for Ethiopia’s WTO accession. He previously worked as an intern in the Office of the African Union Legal Counsel.
Mr. Getachew holds a postgraduate diploma in International Relations from the Ethiopian Civil Service University and an LL.B. from the University of Hawassa, School of Law and Governance.
Gopisetty Sai Krishna Prasad (2018-2019)
Mr. Gopisetty Sai Krishna Prasad, from the Republic of India, is an Assistant Director in the Trade Policy Division (Rules Desk) at the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. His responsibilities include WTO dispute settlement, as well as bilateral/multilateral dispute settlement and trade remedies related negotiations. His work involves liaising with other Ministries on WTO related issues, providing assistance on WTO compatible policy formulation and implementation, drafting, and participating in WTO/FTA negotiations on dispute settlement, trade remedies, and institutional provisions.
Mr. Sai Krishna Prasad belongs to the Indian Trade Service, Batch of 2014. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from National Law Institute University, Bhopal and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade & Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
Sílvia Mulhovo (2018-2019)
Ms Sílvia Mulhovo, from Mozambique, is a Legal Officer in in the Department of Economic and Finance Studies of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mozambique, which she joined in 2017 following a one-year internship at the World Trade Organization. Her duties include advising on WTO and other issues affecting Mozambique’s trade policy. Prior to her WTO internship, Ms Mulhovo worked for Mozambique’s Department of International Cooperation, where her responsibilities included acting as the focal point for implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Investment and Finance and the SADC Protocol of Trade, monitoring and advising on issues related to the negotiation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, participating in negotiations with Economic Cooperation Partners (World Bank) for social and economic development programmes, and preparing legal opinions on economic and social development agreements.
Ms Mulhovo holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade and Development from the Institute of International Trade of Adelaide, Australia, and Bachelor Degree in Law, from University of Lisbon.