Case law update: how international tribunals are enforcing the “nemo iudex in causa sua” principle

We have previously discussed the principle of nemo iudex in causa sua (Latin for “no one should be judge in their own cause”) on our blog and how a series of ground-breaking UNAT judgments were challenging the systems that many international organisations have in place to adjudicate disputes between them and their employees. One year on from those judgments,…

I have used up all my sick days…now what?

What is sick leave? For many years, health and safety management has been a fundamental element of employer responsibilities in the wider context of staff welfare, which goes beyond the physical working environment and includes various services, facilities and benefits provided to employees for their intellectual and social betterment. Sick leave (or medical leave) is…

The Win-Win of Disability Inclusion

The opportunity to work is a fundamental right that makes people independent, contributes to their professional and human development and, above all, allows them to feel like they are useful and fully contributing members of society.   This opportunity should be given to all individuals and particularly to disabled persons, who, as stated in the…

131st Session of the ILOAT: A snapshot into the mind of the Tribunal

The Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization (ILOAT) deals with cases commenced by international employees against the international organisations they are employed with and that have recognized its jurisdiction. Nearly 60,000 international civil servants from 57 different international organisations rely on the judgements of this Tribunal in case of a labour dispute. The volume…

Are you breaking up with me?

This article was first published in the FICSA Magazine, Edition 2, May 2020 “We don’t talk anymore” The UN common system (UNCS) applies common standards across a number of UN agencies. A key benefit to the system is that it ensures consistency in terms and conditions of employment. The UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF)…

The UNAT and the applicability of the principle “nemo iudex in causa sua” or “no-one is judge in his own cause”

This article was first published in FICSA’s Tip of the Month, December 2020 In October 2019, the UNAT issued a series of rather revolutionary judgments, which were published in February 2020.[1] In these judgements, starting with Dispert & Hoe v. Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UNAT held that the head of an…

The (dis)advantageous relationship between International Organisations and their host countries: the Austrian experience

The relationship between International Organisations (IOs) and their host countries creates some interesting legal and political issues which do not always sit happily together: on the one hand, IOs have broad autonomy and enjoy a remarkable number of privileges and immunities (which are generally a grey area for the host country’s authorities) yet, on the…