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  • Judgment 550


    50th Session, 1983
    Pan American Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    The complainant is seeking damages "for distress, moral injury and harm to her reputation, which she says were caused by the administration's actions during the proceedings before the [Appeals] Board and the Tribunal. There is no allusion to such a claim in the Board's report or in any of the other items of evidence [...] The Tribunal therefore cannot tell with certainty whether the internal means of redress have been exhausted. But [...] even if receivable, the claim is devoid of merit."

    Keywords:

    moral injury; new claim; professional injury; receivability of the complaint;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The internal appeal was declared irreceivable. "But a decision declaring an appeal irreceivable is just as open to challenge as a decision on the merits. And the receivability of this complaint does not turn on that of the internal appeal, and on such questions as whether the latter was submitted in time or duly brought within the scope of Staff Rules [...] The point must be settled solely by reference to the Tribunal's own Statute."

    Keywords:

    competence of tribunal; complaint; enforcement; iloat statute; internal appeal; receivability of the complaint;

    Consideration 4

    Extract:

    Judgment No 450 "did not dispose of the question of the repayment of the medical expenses the [organisation] had agreed to bear, and [the judgment] does not have the authority of res judicata on this matter. In fact both the [Appeals] Board and the Director were required to take the matter up. The Director's refusal to consider the claim to repayment of medical expenses therefore suffers from a mistake of law and on this point the impugned decision must be set aside."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 450

    Keywords:

    complaint allowed; complaint allowed in part; decision quashed; flaw; insurance benefit; internal appeal; receivability of the complaint; res judicata;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    "On 7 May 1981 the chief of personnel gave a final decision on the claims[*] submitted by that date, but not on any which might be submitted later. The complainant did later make further claims but did not seek a final decision on them."
    [*] concerning reimbursement of medical expenses

    Keywords:

    date; insurance benefit; internal remedies exhausted; receivability of the complaint; request by a party;



  • Judgment 548


    50th Session, 1983
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    The time limit for submitting an internal appeal had long since expired when the complainant appealed to the Appeals Board. "The acceptance of his resignation had by then become final and was no longer open to challenge. His involvement in a serious accident [...] did not have the effect of suspending the time limit. The Director therefore correctly applied the rules in dismissing the appeal which the complainant addressed to him against the decision [to reject the internal appeal as being time-barred and therefore irreceivable]."

    Keywords:

    exception; internal appeal; new time limit; professional accident; receivability of the complaint; time bar; time limit;



  • Judgment 544


    50th Session, 1983
    European Organization for Nuclear Research
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 2

    Extract:

    An article of the Staff Rules "provides that there shall be no internal appeal against any decision not to renew a contract. There may therefore be a direct appeal to the Tribunal against such a decision, without any breach of the Statute, and whether the internal means of redress were exhausted is not a material issue in this case."

    Keywords:

    contract; direct appeal to tribunal; exception; fixed-term; internal remedies exhausted; non-renewal of contract; receivability of the complaint;

    Consideration 2

    Extract:

    The decision not to renew the complainant's appointment was notified to him more than ninety days before the date on which he filed the complaint. "However [...] he made a request [...] for the institution of disciplinary proceedings to dispel the suspicion which he believed he was under; and [...] he [subsequently] appealed to the Director-General against the failure to convince the Disciplinary Board. His ultimate purpose [...] was to have the decision of non-renewal set aside; in other words to challenge it." It would be unduly formalistic to make the time limit run from the date of the decision not to renew his appointment was notified.

    Keywords:

    complaint; date of notification; decision; disciplinary procedure; internal appeal; non-renewal of contract; receivability of the complaint; request by a party; start of time limit;



  • Judgment 536


    49th Session, 1982
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    The complainant applied for interpretation of Judgments 404 and 422. "The judgments being clear and unambiguous, the application is dismissed."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 404, 442

    Keywords:

    application for interpretation; condition; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 532


    49th Session, 1982
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 1

    Extract:

    The declaration of recognition mentioned in Article II, paragraph 5, of the Statute of the Tribunal "recognises not only the Tribunal's competence but also the applicability of its Rules of court. An organisation which makes such a declaration accepts the provisions of the Statute and the Rules of court, and any provisions in its own rule book on the receivability of complaints filed with the Tribunal are of no effect, whether they comply with the Tribunal's rules or not."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT reference: ARTICLE II, PARAGRAPH 5, OF THE STATUTE

    Keywords:

    consequence; declaration of recognition; difference; enforcement; iloat statute; precedence of rules; procedure before the tribunal; receivability of the complaint; staff regulations and rules; time limit;



  • Judgment 528


    49th Session, 1982
    European Organization for Nuclear Research
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    "Although the complainant took over eleven years to file a claim, it will not be declared time-barred in the absence of an express time limit. The time bar extinguishes obligations, and its existence will not be presumed: it must be expressly prescribed. [...] The sole consequence of the delay in lodging the claim is that proof is more difficult; but the matter is one of fact, not of law."

    Keywords:

    complaint; illness; invalidity; no provision; receivability of the complaint; service-incurred; time bar; time limit;



  • Judgment 522


    49th Session, 1982
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Summary

    Extract:

    For having failed to indicate before the Appeals Board that the internal appeal against a decision dating from 11 December 1980 was out of time [the organization had argued on the basis of a letter of 22 November 1978 which cannot, according to the Tribunal, be regarded as a decision], the organization cannot to any useful purpose put the argument before the Tribunal. The argument is neither clear nor binding. It is unclear why the organization did not take the point during the internal appeal. In failing to do so, it may have prejudiced the complainant's position.

    Keywords:

    internal appeal; new plea; organisation; receivability of the complaint; reply; time bar;

    Consideration 18

    Extract:

    "While it is generally to be expected that an organisation will lay its whole case on the merits before the Appeals Board so as to enable that body to give the best an most complete advice to the Director-General, its omission to take a particular point will not as a general rule prevent the consideration of that point by the Tribunal. This is because it is the duty of the Tribunal to arrive insofar as it can at a just decision on all the merits."

    Keywords:

    new plea; organisation; receivability of the complaint; reply;



  • Judgment 518


    49th Session, 1982
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    "That an intervener in a case before the Tribunal may have already filed an internal appeal and had it rejected, and that he has not himself filed a complaint with a tribunal, does not prevent him from applying to intervene in such a complaint provided he complies with the requirements of Article 17 of the Rules of court and Article II of the Statute and provided the judgment to be given by the Tribunal may affect his rights."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT reference: ARTICLE II OF THE STATUTE;
    ARTICLE 17 OF THE RULES OF COURT


    Keywords:

    internal appeal; intervention; receivability of the complaint; time bar;



  • Judgment 517


    49th Session, 1982
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    The decision impugned was notified to the complainant on 25 May, and the ninety days accordingly expired on 23 August. Since 23 August was a sunday, the complaint, which was not filed until 24 August, is receivable.

    Keywords:

    complaint; consequence; date of notification; decision; public holiday; receivability of the complaint; time limit;



  • Judgment 516


    49th Session, 1982
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    After the lodging of an internal appeal - the complainant sought a further short-term appointment - an extension was granted from 1 April to 31 May. A further extension was granted retroactively on 3 November from 31 May to 31 July. "None of this means [...] that the appeal was allowed or that the [...] complaint is therefore without substance. The two short extensions were granted for compassionate reasons, and they were not tantamount either to acceptance of the appeal or to an offer of any further short-term appointment. Accordingly the complainant still has a cause of action and the Tribunal will hear his claims for relief."

    Keywords:

    cause of action; contract; extension of contract; fixed-term; internal appeal; non-renewal of contract; receivability of the complaint; short-term;



  • Judgment 509


    48th Session, 1982
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The organisation argues that the Tribunal may only hear complaints filed by serving officials. "The argument fails. When someone leaves the staff he is entitled, then as indeed throughout his career, to compliance with the staff regulations. A tribunal is competent in regard to every aspect of the official's service, and the grant of a certificate is a necessary incident of his employment."

    Keywords:

    certificate of service; locus standi; receivability of the complaint; retirement; right of appeal; separation from service;

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    "[The complainant's] claims for compensation are irreceivable because there is no previous decision."

    Keywords:

    condition; decision; receivability of the complaint; request by a party;



  • Judgment 507


    48th Session, 1982
    European Southern Observatory
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 2

    Extract:

    The complainants received letters dated 6 March signed by an officer of the personnel service terminating their employment upon the instructions of the Director-General. "It does not [...] follow from this [...] that the letter [...] was a final decision. It would not so follow even if that letter had been signed by the Director-General himself. Not every decision of the Director-General is a final decision. The complainants assumed rightly that the Director-General would not reach a final decision until after he had considered carefully what they had to say. His letter of 21 May was not, as the organisation contends, 'purely confirmatory' of the letter of 6 March and it contains the final decision. The objection to receivability is overruled."

    Keywords:

    confirmatory decision; decision; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 502


    48th Session, 1982
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Summary

    Extract:

    The complainant suffers from illnesses which, he alleges, are due to his duties in the organization. Before appealing to the Tribunal, he should have exhausted the internal remedies and appealed to the Advisory Committee; that step was left out and the complaint is therefore not receivable. The complainant is still entitled to put his claims forward at the administrative level. For that purpose the parties need only designate the members of the Medical Board provided for in the Rules.

    Keywords:

    absence of final decision; case sent back to organisation; illness; internal remedies exhausted; medical board; receivability of the complaint; service-incurred;



  • Judgment 501


    48th Session, 1982
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    The claims "for the issue of orders [by the Tribunal] to the organization are [...] irreceivable."

    Keywords:

    claim; competence of tribunal; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 500


    48th Session, 1982
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 2

    Extract:

    "It does not appear that [the complainant] did appeal to the Director-General [as required under the applicable provisions]. His counsel may have written letters to the Director-General but the evidence does not show that they filed any claim in the proper sense of an appeal seeking the quashing or amendment of a decision. No internal appeal having been made and the internal means of redress not being exhausted, the claims are irreceivable."

    Keywords:

    absence of final decision; formal requirements; internal appeal; internal remedies exhausted; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 499


    48th Session, 1982
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    "Article VII[1] does not lay down an absolute rule. A complainant may abandon the internal proceedings even before a decision is taken and may appeal directly to the Tribunal when the appeals body fails to report and there is no reason to suppose from the evidence that it is likely to do so within a reasonable period. But it must be quite clear from the evidence that there is no decision, and only in quite exceptional cases will the Tribunal find that the condition is met."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT reference: ARTICLE VII, PARAGRAPH 1, OF THE STATUTE

    Keywords:

    exception; failure to answer claim; implied decision; internal appeal; internal remedies exhausted; reasonable time; receivability of the complaint; time limit;

    Considerations

    Extract:

    "The time limit for filing a complaint is ninety days, either after the notification of the express decision or from the expiry of the sixty-day time limit allowed for the taking of a decision by the organisation."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT reference: ARTICLE VII, PARAGRAPHS 1 AND 3, OF THE STATUTE

    Keywords:

    case sent back to organisation; failure to answer claim; further submissions on the merits; internal remedies exhausted; receivability of the complaint; time limit;

    Considerations

    Extract:

    In May the complainant made known his intention to appeal against the transfer. The Director-General replied that he was willing to refer the matter to the Joint Committee. In August the administration said the Director-General, who was absent, had received a recommendation to that effect. In September it told the complainant that the matter would be put to the Committee. "These shifting attitudes, which in the end came to nothing and spanned four months, constitute exceptional circumstances and warranted a direct complaint to the Tribunal."

    Keywords:

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



  • Judgment 496


    48th Session, 1982
    Pan American Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Summary

    Extract:

    The Tribunal believes that any violation of the right to freedom of association, i.e. the right to set up a professional association, may be impugned by the holder of a contract of appointment. However, the staff association itself may not intervene in this case, since access to the Tribunal is restricted to officials alone.

    Keywords:

    cause of action; contract; freedom of association; locus standi; official; receivability of the complaint; staff union;

    Consideration 4

    Extract:

    The complainants appealed to the internal board and then, without awaiting the outcome of the proceedings, to the Tribunal. By applying directly to the Tribunal "the complainants [...] obviously had no intention of abandoning their appeal; their wish was to expedite the hearing. As a matter of procedure they made a mistake in asking for the case to be withdrawn, but the situation was unprecedented and it was one to which the inactivity of the organization had contributed. A procedural error should not in this instance be held against the complainants."

    Keywords:

    administrative delay; direct appeal to tribunal; flaw; internal remedies exhausted; procedural flaw; receivability of the complaint;

    Consideration 7

    Extract:

    "The staff association, being the formal organisation created under [the rules], seeks to intervene as a 'collective personality'. It is unnecessary to decide whether or not the association has such personality. Assuming that it has, it is not a personality which holds a contract of appointment by the organization so it is not a person to whom the Tribunal is open under Article II" of the Statute. The intervention is not receivable.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT reference: ARTICLE II OF THE STATUTE

    Keywords:

    intervention; locus standi; receivability of the complaint; staff union;

    Considerations 2 and 3

    Extract:

    "The organization contends that the appeal was irreceivable by the [Appeal] Board and is therefore irreceivable by the Tribunal. [...] The complaint had been dismissed by the Tribunal under Judgment No. 408 [...] [this] ground fails. The appeal was dismissed as irreceivable. Such a dismissal constitutes no barrier to a second presentation if the objection of irreceivability can be overcome."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 408

    Keywords:

    complaint; internal appeal; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 493


    48th Session, 1982
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 4

    Extract:

    "The organisation's argument is that the time limit for filing the complaint started on [the date] the complainant's contract was extended [...]. The argument would succeed only if the later decisions [...] had merely confirmed the [extension] decision. But they did not. The extension of the contract [on the mentioned date] for three months did not necessarily mean that there would be no further extension."

    Keywords:

    complaint; contract; date; date of notification; decision; extension of contract; receivability of the complaint; start of time limit;



  • Judgment 489


    48th Session, 1982
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    The time limit does not run from the date of the two communications from the organization which said that the complainants request was still under review, and they therefore did not constitute final rejection of his claim. "An appeal against either of those replies was therefore premature, the [organization] not having taken, by [the date when the internal appeal was filed], any final decision expressly rejecting the complainant's request." The Director-General was correct in deciding that the complainant's internal appeal was irreceivable. The complaint is dismissed.

    Keywords:

    absence of final decision; internal appeal; internal remedies exhausted; receivability of the complaint;

    Summary

    Extract:

    Under the Rules a claim is deemed to have been rejected if no definitive reply has been made within three months. The request for reclassification was submitted on 29 November 1979; three months later, on 1 March 1980, having received no reply, the complainant's request must be deemed to have been rejected. The complainant waited until 16 July 1980 to appeal to the internal appeals body. In the meantime, on 25 March and 19 June, he had been informed that the matter was being studied. The Director-General was correct in deciding that the internal appeal was irreceivable: there had been no final decision expressing rejection. The complaint is dismissed.

    Keywords:

    absence of final decision; failure to answer claim; internal appeal; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 478


    47th Session, 1982
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 2

    Extract:

    The complainant's first claim was rejected. In his reply to the second, which was based on the same cause of action as the first, "the Director, who had carried out no further inquiry, merely confirmed his earlier position. The [second] decision [...] was therefore purely confirmatory in character and did not give rise to any new time limit." As the time limit was not extended, the appeal is time-barred.

    Keywords:

    complaint; confirmatory decision; decision; receivability of the complaint; start of time limit; time bar; time limit;

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