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Internal justice systems deliberated at COSIFI, Washington DC

Alex Haines, barrister, gives presentation on internal justice systems at the annual Conference of Staff Associations of International Financial Institutions (“COSIFI”) in Washington DC.

On 18 and 19 September 2018, Alex attended the COSIFI annual conference which took place in Washington DC.

Eight International Financial Institutions (“IFIs”) were represented: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

A representative from the Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations (“FICSA”) was also present.

The conference covered current IFI challenges, compensation, the issue of international staff and local staff, and the different models of Staff Association governance.

In his presentation, Alex addressed the distinction between administrative review and judicial review. He also provided an analysis of the different models of internal justice within international organisations. This included an overview of the different international administrative tribunals, the importance of the quality of judges, best practices as far as the length of a judicial appointment is concerned, and the best approach to take when advising staff members on their grievances.

Alex Haines specialises in the sanctions regimes of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and the institutional law of international organisations more generally. He regularly appears and litigates before international tribunals and bodies around the world, including Washington DC, New York City, London, Geneva and Manila.

The cases he has been instructed in have involved more than 25 international organisations, including the World Bank Group, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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News 2 Oct, 2018


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