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United Nations: Appeals Tribunal Hears First Cases

(Apr. 8, 2010) The United Nations internal appeals tribunal, established in 2009 to handle disputes between staff members and managers of the international body, handled 33 cases in its first session. The judgments will be translated into all the U.N. official languages and then posted online through the website of the U.N.'s Office of the Administration of Justice later this month. The session ended April 1, and the tribunal's president, Inés Weinberg de Roca, stressed the goal of timely justice, stating that “we want cases to move as fast as is reasonable.” (UN Internal Appeals Tribunal Concludes 33 Cases in First Session, UN NEWS CENTRE, Apr. 6, 2010, available at

The tribunal, which consists of judges elected by the General Assembly of the U.N., heard cases on promotion, pension, sexual harassment, and contract disputes. (Id.)

This U.N. Appeals Tribunal, together with the U.N. Dispute Tribunal, forms a two-level judicial system. The system, first approved in December 2008, was designed to deal quickly and openly with internal disputes. (Constance A. Johnson, United Nations: New Tribunals to Handle Staff Complaints, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR, June 26, 2009, available at by this author