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The ACWL is pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 cycle of its Secondment Programme for Trade Lawyers has begun. On 1 October 2020, three government lawyers, Ms Nada Morsy Elzahar from Egypt, Mr. Alejandro Matsuno Remigio from Peru and Ms Sadia Sultan from Pakistan joined the ACWL as the newest participants in the Secondment Programme. These lawyers were selected from 50 eligible candidates that were nominated by the governments.

A fourth candidate was also selected to participate in the Programme this year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this candidate has not yet been able to report to the ACWL. We look forward to welcoming this candidate in the near future.

The Secondment Programme gives lawyers from the governments of least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing country ACWL Members the opportunity to broaden their professional experience in the field of WTO law by joining the ACWL’s staff as paid trainees for a nine-month term. The Programme provides the seconded lawyers with both theoretical training and practical experience in WTO law and an opportunity to participate actively in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. To date, lawyers from 18 developing countries and 10 LDCs have been trained under the Programme, including 32 women and 18 men.

Ms Nada Morsy Elzahar, Mr. Alejandro Matsuno Remigio and Ms Sadia Sultan, will remain at the ACWL until 30 June 2021, when they will return to their government positions.

In June 2020, Ms Shazia Bi Kurmoo from Mauritius, Ms Laura Magaly Fernandez from Paraguay, Mr. Juan Andrés Valladares Calderon from Guatemala, and Mr. Marvin Ikondere from Uganda completed their Secondments and returned to their government positions.

Invitations to nominate candidates for the 2021-2022 term of the Secondment Programme will be sent to ACWL developing country Members and to the LDCs that are entitled to the services of the ACWL in February 2021.


27 November 2020

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