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).
Shazia Bi Kurmoo (2019-2020)
Ms Shazia Bi Kurmoo, from Mauritius, is a Trade Policy Analyst at the International Trade Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade. Her responsibilities include assisting in the definition and implementation of Mauritius’s trade policy; providing support in trade negotiations; acting as desk officer for the WTO Fisheries Subsidies negotiations as well as providing support in trade remedies matters. Her work involves also liaising with regional trade organisations, other ministries, and the private sector on trade policy issues.
Ms Kurmoo holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Mauritius, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Relations Law and European Union Law from Université Paris Nanterre.
Laura Magaly Fernandez (2019-2020)
Ms Laura Magaly Fernandez, from Paraguay, is a Lawyer at the Directorate of Industry Development from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Her responsibilities include the review of trade-related laws and other normative provisions related to the industrial sector. She also represents the Ministry at meetings with the private sector to review and improve procedures relating to the importation and exportation of goods.
Ms Fernandez holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Asuncion, as well as a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the Higher Institute of Business and Taxation of Paraguay.
Marvin Ikondere (2019-2020)
Mr. Marvin Ikondere, from Uganda, is a Lawyer and Legal Advisor at the Department of International Legal and Social Affairs, Trade Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities include drafting and vetting memoranda of understanding and international trade agreements; providing legal opinions and advising on the consistency of Uganda’s trade laws and obligations under international agreements; preparing for and advising on trade facilitation negotiations and the review of Uganda’s Trade Policy Review.
Mr. Ikondere holds an LLM in International Treaty Law from Euclid University, Gambia and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, Uganda.
Andrés Valladares (2019-2020)
Mr. Andrés Valladares, from Guatemala, has served as a Legal Consultant at the National Program for Competitiveness, an official branch of the Ministry of Economy, since 2014. His responsibilities include promoting interinstitutional alliances between the public and private sectors to improve Guatemala’s competitiveness; providing documentation and developing specific procedures on business and trade to facilitate the exchange of information and to improve business opportunities in Guatemala. Mr. Valladares also works closely with the Fiscal Authority of Guatemala in order to reduce customs formalities and procedures that could affect the access to the Guatemalan market.
Mr. Valladares has a Law Degree from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala.