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On 21 April, the ACWL held the first-ever virtual session of its Women’s Study Group via Zoom. Twenty one delegates (including Ambassadors) participated in a lively session that provided the participants with a much-needed opportunity in these difficult times to re-connect in an intellectual setting.

The session was moderated by ACWL Deputy Director Ms Cherise Valles. Ms Gitanjali Brandon, First Secretary (Legal and Agriculture), Permanent Mission of India, made a very clear and informative presentation on the Appellate Body’s Report in Russia – Measures Affecting the Importation of Railway Equipment and Parts (DS499). In this dispute, Ukraine challenged measures allegedly taken by Russia regarding its conformity assessment procedures for railway products imported from Ukraine. Ms Brandon explained that both Ukraine and Russia had appealed certain aspects of the panel report and reviewed the Appellate Body’s findings and conclusions.

In light of the success of this virtual session, the ACWL is planning to hold another virtual session of the Women’s Study Group soon. Details will be sent to participants shortly.


24 April 2020

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