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ILO ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL 107TH SESSION CASE REVIEWS

LAURENCE FAUTH
REPRESENTING INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SERVANTS SINCE 2002


August 2009 – TIPS AND INFORMATION NEWSLETTER


I am pleased to provide a table listing the decisions of the ILO Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) for its 107th Session in July 2009.  The ILOAT decides appeals relating to disputes between staff members and international organisations.  A listing of the organizations that accept the jurisdiction of the ILOAT follows on the next page.  Judgments are issued twice per year in February and July. 

The table presents the number of the judgment, the issues raised by the appeal, and the decision/award itself.  The table provides a useful research tool when searching for ILOAT cases law that may apply in similar circumstances.

In Judgment No. 2861, in follow-up appeals to the Tribunal’s Judgment No. 2742 (finding unlawful reassignment), the Tribunal awarded the former Chief of the internal watchdog unit (Internal Audit and Investigation Service) significant material and moral damages, and costs, for defamation, harassment and unlawful termination.   

In Judgment No. 2838, the Tribunal found that the ILO breached the circular that was issued to prevent the abusive use of short-term contracts.  The circular provided that a short-term contract or successive short-term contracts could not be issued for more than 171 days in 12 consecutive months.  The complainant had been on short-term contracts for periods well in excess of the limit.   In Judgment No. 2860, the Tribunal recognized the right to benefits for same-sex spouses.

International Organizations Subject to ILOAT Jurisdiction

  • International Labour Organization (ILO), including the International Training Centre
  • World Health Organization (WHO), including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), including World Food Programme (WFP) 
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) 
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 
  • European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) 
  • Universal Postal Union (UPU) 
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO) 
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) 
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) 
  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 
  • European Patent Organisation (EPO) 
  • African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) 
  • Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) 
  • International Center for the Registration of Serials (CIEPS) 
  • International Office of Epizootics (OIE) 
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) 
  • International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) 
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
  • International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 
  • Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) 
  • Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Court) 
  • Surveillance Authority of the European Free Trade Association (ESA) 
  • International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) (until 14 July 2004) 
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) 
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 
  • International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) 
  • Energy Charter Conference 
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 
  • Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) 
  • European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) 
  • International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) 
  • International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) 
  • International Criminal Court (ICC) 
  • International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) 
  • Advisory Centre on WTO Law 
  • African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) 

ILOAT 107th Session Table of Cases