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The ACWL’s Report on Operations for 2019 is now available on the ACWL’s website.

The ACWL’s mandate is to ensure that developing and least-developed countries are able to participate fully in the WTO legal system. The ACWL provides, on demand, legal advice, assistance in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and training on WTO law to its developing country Members and to the least-developed countries (LDCs).

The Report on Operations for 2019 notes some important milestones that took place in 2019: the ACWL provided 220 legal opinions on issues of WTO law to its developing country Members and the LDCS and has now provided almost 3,000 legal opinions since its inception. A total of 43 different countries – a quarter of the membership of the WTO – sought this advice. This figure includes 29 different developing country ACWL Members and 14 different LDCs.

These legal opinions help developing and least-developed countries participate fully in the WTO legal system by increasing their understanding of WTO law and enabling them to defend their interests in the WTO. The ACWL’s legal advice also serves an important dispute prevention function by enabling these countries to ensure the WTO-consistency of their trade-related measures.

During 2019, the ACWL’s team of 12 lawyers participated in 17 different dispute settlement proceedings, including four new requests for assistance in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The ACWL has now provided assistance in 65 disputes, or about 19 per cent of all WTO disputes since the ACWL’s inception.

The ACWL’s Annual Training Course for Geneva-based delegates continued to include both a Moot Court Competition and an optional exam. The ACWL’s Secondment Programme provides a unique opportunity for government lawyers from developing and least-developed countries to gain hands-on experience and training in WTO law.

The Report also describes the ACWL’s outreach activities and other aspects of the ACWL’s operations. Printed copies of the Report will be available in the coming weeks and will be sent to ACWL Members and to the least-developed countries entitled to the ACWL’s services. The ACWL will also be pleased to provide printed copies of the Report to other interested institutions or persons. To request a printed copy, please send an e-mail stating your name and mailing address to

If you have any questions regarding this Report or the operations of the ACWL, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director or any other ACWL staff member using the following standard email format: Enquiries may also be addressed to

Report on Operations for 2019 (pdf)


12 May 2019

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