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Judgment No. 3646


The complaint is dismissed.


The complainant impugns the decision of the Director General not to allow him to proceed directly to the Tribunal in respect of his appeal against WIPOís alleged failure to ensure that he was not subjected to intimidation, offensive behaviour or aggression.

Judgment keywords


direct appeal to tribunal

Consideration 8


Situations can arise where the Tribunal entertains and adjudicates on a complaint where the complainant has not exhausted internal remedies but it is apparent that the internal appeal process has paralysed the exercise of the complainantís rights (see, for example, Judgment 2039, consideration 4). However, mere dissatisfaction with the composition of the internal appeal body does not found a right to bring a complaint directly to the Tribunal (see Judgment 3190, consideration 9). Nothing advanced by the complainant establishes that he is entitled to bring his grievance directly to the Tribunal. It is true that his grievance, in the most general sense, has subsisted for many years and has already twice been considered by the Tribunal. But that fact does not absolve the complainant from satisfying the requirement in Article VII, paragraph 1, of the Tribunalís Statute that the impugned decision is a final decision and that the complainant has exhausted the internal means of redress.


ILOAT reference: Article VII, paragraph 1, of the Statute
ILOAT Judgment(s): 2039, 3190


receivability of the complaint; direct appeal to tribunal; internal remedies exhausted

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