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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 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, arising out of decisions by the Fund. The Tribunal was established by the
General Assembly in its resolution 351 A(IV) of 24 November 1949. It is composed of
seven members, no two of whom may be nationals of the same State. The members shall
be appointed by the General Assembly for four years, and may be reappointed once.
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United Nations Administrative Tribunal


The United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT) was established in 1950 by the
General Assembly, for the purpose of resolving employment-related disputes between
United Nations staff and the Organization. It is the highest appeals body in the internal
administration of justice system and the only body that issues binding judgements. The
Tribunal is an independent organ, composed of seven members, no two of whom may be
nationals of the same State. The members hear cases in panels of three, their terms of
appointment are four years, and they may be reappointed once.

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, even though
they may fall under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO for all other
disputes), the United Nations Programmes and Funds, such specialized agencies and
related organizations that have accepted the competence of the Tribunal (the International

Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization), the staff of the
Registries of the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of
the Sea, and the staff of the International Seabed Authority.

The Tribunal holds two sessions a year, one in Geneva (summer) and one in New York
(autumn), each for a five-week period. It renders approximately 60 judgments per year.
To date, the Tribunal has issued more than 1400 judgments.