Handbook on the Internal Justice System at the United Nations published by UNSSC in July 2014
The United Nations System Staff College Draws Upon Legal Practitioners to Provide a Firsthand Account of the System’s Genesis and Workings
On 1 July 2014, the new system of administration of justice at the United Nations celebrates its fifth anniversary. As early as 2010, one year after the implementation of the reform, the General Assembly of the United Nations noted with appreciation the achievements produced since the inception of this new system and commended the efforts of all who were involved in managing the transition from the previous internal justice system and those involved in the implementation and functioning of the new system.
The new system has been considered an important achievement of the United Nations regarding staff-management relations and the realization of staff members’ rights in the Organization.
The Handbook addresses a wide range of parties interested in the system. Since it explains issues that arise in the day-to-day practice of the system, this volume will certainly interest managers and staff members of the United Nations who want to learn about the new system and how it really works, but also practitioners directly involved in the system (such as human resources administrators and legal officers in the United Nations, Ombudspersons, attorneys and other persons providing guidance to staff members). The Handbook may also be of interest to the academic world of public international law, and to all those in search of a comprehensive description of this cornerstone in the internal structure of the United Nations.
The authors have first-hand experience in their respective subjects. Thomas Fitschen was the coordinator of the informal consultations of the Working Group of the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly on Administration of justice at the United Nations from 2008 to 2012 and the Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Administration of Justice. Santiago Villalpando was a member of the Secretariat’s legal team that assisted the Sixth Committee in this topic and served as Registrar of the Dispute Tribunal in New York. Helmut Buss, as one of the Ombudsmen of the United Nations Funds and Programs, has a leading position in the informal system and significant experience as mediator. Christian Rohde is the Chief of the Management Evaluation Unit of the United Nations Secretariat. Thomas Laker is Judge at the Geneva Registry of the Dispute Tribunal since the first day of its inception.
In a preface to the volume, Jafar Javan, Director of the United Nations System Staff College, states, “It is the hope and conviction of the United Nations System Staff College that by learning more about this cornerstone of the United Nations personnel system, its genesis and internal workings, staff and managers will be empowered to use the system effectively and efficiently, in the interest of promoting greater fairness, accountability and transparency at the United Nations.”