DFID has signed a five-year agreement to provide support to the Advisory Centre of WTO Law (AWCL). Established in 2001, ACWL provides developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) with the legal capacity necessary to enable them to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the WTO.
The investment in knowledge required for countries to fully understand and take advantage of the rights and obligations available to WTO members is significant, and often out of reach for developing countries. ACWL was set up precisely to address this knowledge gap, thus contributing to levelling of the playing field in WTO negotiations. ACWL provides the following services:
- Free legal advice on all WTO legal matters
- Support at all stages of WTO dispute settlement
- Training through annual courses, a secondment programme for trade lawyers and select seminars
Niall Meagher, Executive Director of the ACWL, thanked DFID for its support: “The United Kingdom was a founding Member of the ACWL and, indeed, funded the original study on the idea for the ACWL. We are therefore very pleased that the UK is continuing its support for the ACWL for the next five years. I would like to thank everyone involved at DFID for their hard work and enthusiasm and look forward to continuing this successful relationship”.
For further information on ACWL’s support to developing countries please follow this link: http://www.acwl.ch/