Taking on the mantle of a whistleblower

Whistleblowers play an essential role in reporting wrongdoing, exposing abuse and preventing corruption in both the public and private sectors. Giving employees the right to whistleblow and providing adequate protections for whistleblowers is therefore a key feature of transparency and accountability mechanisms within IOs. Offering these protections to employees is essential as they are often…

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Do international organisations have a positive duty to prevent harassment?

Since the birth of the #MeToo movement, it is more important than ever before that IOs recognise and address claims of harassment. Best evidenced by the adoption of the International Labour Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention (No. 190) and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 206), the international community has made it clear that violence and harassment…

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No jab, no job? Considerations on how IOs will implement COVID-19 safety at work

Mandatory Vaccinations A key question arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic is whether international organisations (IOs), like domestic governments, may legitimately pursue mandatory vaccination policies. Despite their name, mandatory vaccinations are not truly compulsory. In cases of non-compliance, governments cannot force individuals to comply or use criminal sanctions to change their minds. However, mandatory vaccination…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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