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Nations Dispute Tribunal
As a result of the decision of the General Assembly to establish a new system of
administration of justice, including a two-tier formal system comprising a first instance,
the UN Dispute Tribunal, and an appellate instance, the UN Appeals Tribunal, the UN
Administrative Tribunal was abolished as of 31 December 2009. (See resolutions 61/261
of 4 April 2007, 62/228 of 22 December 2007 and 63/253 of 24 December 2008.)
Please visit the temporary website for the new UN internal justice system for more
information: http://www.un.org/en/internaljustice. The new website for the UN internal
justice system is under development and will replace the temporary website upon

About UNDT
The United Nations Dispute Tribunal was established by the UN General Assembly and
became operational on 1 July 2009. It is the first instance court in the new system of
administration of justice. The Dispute Tribunal hears and decides cases filed by or on
behalf of current and former staff members appealing administrative decisions alleged to
be in non-compliance with their terms of appointment or contract of employment. The
Tribunal conducts hearings, issues orders, and renders binding judgments. Both staff
members and the Administration have a right to appeal the judgments of the Dispute
Tribunal to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.
As a transitional measure from the former system, the Dispute Tribunal also hears and
passes judgment on cases transferred from the former Joint Appeals Boards, Joint
Disciplinary Committees and United Nations Administrative Tribunal.

the United Nations Programmes and Funds. and may be reappointed once. even though they may fall under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO for all other disputes). The members shall be appointed by the General Assembly for four years. It is composed of seven members. and they may be reappointed once. It is the highest appeals body in the internal administration of justice system and the only body that issues binding judgements. composed of seven members. The competence of the Tribunal extends to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (including cases from all specialized agencies that participate in the Fund. their terms of appointment are four years. The Tribunal is an independent organ. The members hear cases in panels of three.The United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT) is the independent organ competent to hear and pass judgment upon applications alleging non-observance of contracts of employment of staff members of the United Nations Secretariat or of their terms of appointment as well as applications alleging non-observance of the regulations and rules of the UNJSPF. The Tribunal was established by the General Assembly in its resolution 351 A(IV) of 24 November 1949. arising out of decisions by the Fund. for the purpose of resolving employment-related disputes between United Nations staff and the Organization. no two of whom may be nationals of the same State. no two of whom may be nationals of the same State. such specialized agencies and related organizations that have accepted the competence of the Tribunal (the International . English | Français United Nations Administrative Tribunal Overview The United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT) was established in 1950 by the General Assembly.

To date. . one in Geneva (summer) and one in New York (autumn). It renders approximately 60 judgments per year. the Tribunal has issued more than 1400 judgments. the staff of the Registries of the International Court of Justice. The Tribunal holds two sessions a year. the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization). each for a five-week period. and the staff of the International Seabed Authority.