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Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal

Overview of the case

The United Nations Administrative Tribunal was established by the General Assembly to hear applications alleging non-observance of contracts of employment of staff members of the United Nations Secretariat or of the terms of appointment of such staff members. In its Advisory Opinion of 13 July 1954, the Court considered that the Assembly was not entitled on any grounds to refuse to give effect to an award of compensation made by the Administrative Tribunal in favour of a staff member of the United Nations whose contract of service had been terminated without his assent. The Court found that the Tribunal was an independent and truly judicial body pronouncing final judgments without appeal within the limited field of its functions and not merely an advisory or subordinate organ. Its judgments were therefore binding on the United Nations Organization and thus also on the General Assembly.


This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Request for Advisory Opinion

Request for Advisory Opinion (including the dossier of documents transmitted to the Court pursuant to article 65, paragraph 2 of the Statute)

21 December 1953
Request for Advisory Opinion (including the dossier of documents transmitted to the Court pursuant to article 65, paragraph 2 of the Statute)
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English French Bilingual

Written proceedings

Written Statements

15 February 1954
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Verbatim record 1954

Minutes of the Public Sittings held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, from June 10th to 14th, and July 13th, 1954, the President, Sir Arnold McNair, presiding
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Order of 14 January 1954

Fixing of time-limit: Written Statements
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Advisory opinions

Summaries of Advisory Opinions and Orders

Summary 1954/2

Summary of the Advisory Opinion of 13 July 1954
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Press releases

Press release 1954/12

10 June 1954
Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal - Hearings of June 10th, 1954
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Press release 1954/13

11 June 1954
Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal - Sittings of June 11th, 1954
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Press release 1954/16

14 June 1954
Effect of Awards of Compensation made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal - The Court holds two public sittings on 14 June 1954
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Press release 1954/17

7 July 1954
Effect of Awards of Compensation made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal - The Court will hold a public sitting on Tuesday 13 July 1954 to give its Advisory Opinion
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Press release 1954/18

13 July 1954
Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal - Advisory opinion
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Correspondence

Correspondence

16 December 1953
Correspondence
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