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Judgment No. 3282


1. The decisions of 27 June and 30 August 2011 are set aside.
2. ESO shall pay the complainant material damages in the amount equivalent to two years’ salary, including all benefits, entitlements and emoluments plus interest at a rate of 5 per cent per annum, less any amounts he has earned in that period.
3. It shall pay him moral damages in the amount of 20,000 euros.
4. It shall also pay him costs in the amount of 5,000 euros.
5. All other claims are dismissed.


The complainant successfully challenged the decision not to renew his contract based on an "overall assessment" that his performance was below the acceptable level.

Judgment keywords


complaint allowed; material injury; moral injury; decision quashed; breach; contract; non-renewal of contract; flaw; compensation; duty of care

Consideration 3


"The guarantee of access to justice is a guarantee of access to a judge, which the complainant has in his ability to bring a complaint before the Tribunal. [...] In this case, Article VI.1.02 of the Staff Rules provides that there is no internal remedy for decisions regarding non-renewal of contract and as such, the complainant has direct access to the Tribunal."


Organization rules reference: Article VI.1.02 of the Staff Rules


internal appeal; competence of tribunal; staff regulations and rules; non-renewal of contract; judicial review; right

Consideration 8


Considering reinstatement could raise substantial practical difficulties because of the time that has elapsed since the complainant’s separation from service, the complainant is “entitled to full compensation for the material and moral injury he sustained” (see Judgment 1386, under 26).


ILOAT Judgment(s): 1386


material injury; moral injury; reinstatement; separation from service

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