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
Kadijatu Zainab Bangura (2021-2022)
Ms Kadijatu Zainab Bangura, from Sierra Leone, is a State Counsel at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Sierra Leone. From 2012-2019, she served in the Law Officers Department of the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney-General (Sierra Leone) as State Counsel. Her responsibilities included providing legal advisory opinions to Ministries and Government Agencies, the review of contracts and memoranda of understandings, as well as representing the government’s interests in domestic legal proceedings.
Ms Bangura holds an LL.B (with Honors) degree from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and recently completed a Master’s degree in Global Legal Studies at Maynooth University (Ireland). She has also participated in the United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Africa (RCIL Africa) organized by the United Nations, in 2015.
Andrea Maria Gonzalez (2021-2022)
Ms Andrea Maria Gonzalez, from El Salvador, is a Counselor at the Ministry of Economy. Her responsibilities include promoting investment opportunities in El Salvador to foreign and local investors and assisting them in facilitating business establishment and operations. Her work involves drafting legal opinions and regulations for El Salvador’s Investment and Special Economic Zones policies.
Ms Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) from Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios ESEN and a Master in International Business Administration from National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taipei. She has also participated in the MBA exchange program of Schulich School of Business at York University.
Abraham Zaqi Kromah (2021-2022)
Mr. Abraham Zaqi Kromah, from Liberia, is a Legal Officer in the Department of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industry. His responsibilities include advising and drafting legal opinions on a wide range of WTO and intellectual property-related topics.
Mr. Kromah is a Master of Laws (LL.M.) candidate in International Trade, Business, and Investment Law, from the University of the Western Cape. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Law of Intellectual Property and Informational Technology from Georg-August Universität Göttingen, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from Cairo University.
Aldina Sakhi (2021-2022)
Ms Aldina Sakhi, from Kazakhstan, is a governmental official at the Ministry of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan. Ms Sakhi was directly involved and contributed as key member of Kazakhstan’s negotiating team on trade in services and investment issues during its accession to the World Trade Organization, the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union, its accession to the Investment Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. She also participated in the conclusion of various bilateral trade and investment agreements, including the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the European Union.
From 2017-2021, Ms Sakhi served as a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to UNOG and WTO in Geneva. She coordinated Kazakhstan’s participation in a number of ongoing negotiations in the WTO, such as Joint Statement Initiatives on E-commerce, Investment Facilitation, Services Domestic Regulation as well as the WTO reforms and other key agenda issues of the 12th Ministerial Conference.
Ms Sakhi holds a bachelor degree in Public Administration from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and a LLM in Civil Law from Moscow University for Industry and Finance.