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  • Judgment 3052


    112th Session, 2012
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 6

    Extract:

    "It is consistent case law that the Tribunal will not substitute its opinion for that of the Organisation unless the decision was taken without authority, shows some procedural or formal flaw or a mistake of fact or of law, overlooks some material fact, is an abuse of authority, or draws a clearly mistaken conclusion from the facts. [C]ourses of various levels for various subjects are a natural part of the work experience (continuous training), aimed at improving performance in a variety of areas. There is always room for growth and improvement, and enrolment in development classes does not automatically indicate a lack of basic knowledge."

    Keywords:

    knowledge of languages; professional experience; training;



  • Judgment 2427


    99th Session, 2005
    European Organization for Nuclear Research
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 4

    Extract:

    "[T]he vacancy notice stipulated: «Good knowledge of English or French; basic knowledge of the other language or an understanding to acquire it rapidly». The complainant denies that the importance of acquiring rapidly a basic knowledge of French was clearly explained to him, but his denial fails to take into account that even the vacancy notice was unambiguous in that regard. The Tribunal finds, from the evidence on file, that he was sufficiently warned, at the beginning of his probation period and later on, about the language requirements for his post. It is clear, and the complainant admits, that his knowledge of French did not improve enough to enable him to participate in meetings, right to the end of his probation period. That alone constitutes sufficient cause for his negative end-of-probation report. Such cause, and the resulting termination of his appointment, could not possibly have surprised him."

    Keywords:

    consequence; duty to inform; grounds; knowledge of languages; non-renewal of contract; organisation's duties; probation report; probationary period; staff member's duties; termination of employment; vacancy notice;



  • Judgment 1990


    89th Session, 2000
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 7

    Extract:

    "The basic rules to be respected [in a competition] include the right of all applicants to equal treatment. The organisation may make no distinction between candidates on the basis of criteria - language, for example - which are not referred to in the entry requirements (see Judgment 1158, [...] under 4 et seq)."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 1158

    Keywords:

    candidate; competition; criteria; due process; equal treatment; knowledge of languages; qualifications;

    Consideration 7

    Extract:

    "In the competition, the English-speaking and French-speaking candidates were not in the same situation, so criteria were needed that took account of the differences. The matter becomes more complex if account is taken of candidates whose mother tongue is neither English nor French. [...] Since one of the requirements of the competition - and the post in question - was a good knowledge of the two main working languages, it was not unfair to provide for tests in one language only and apply an adequate correction factor to all candidates who were non-English-speaking. Such a solution redresses the balance and goes some way to ensuring equality between the candidates. Provided that it really is adequate, a correction factor does not impair the right to equal treatment."

    Keywords:

    candidate; compensatory measure; competition; criteria; difference; equal treatment; knowledge of languages; qualifications; safeguard;



  • Judgment 1915


    88th Session, 2000
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations 18-19

    Extract:

    A comparison study of language proficiency between the common system staff and outside employers was attacked by the complainants because the required level of proficiency is higher in the common system. "The Tribunal holds that it is not necessary to achieve a perfect match between outside jobs and those in the common system. There must merely be sufficient similarity between these jobs."

    Keywords:

    adjustment; allowance; flemming principle; knowledge of languages; language allowance; qualifications; salary; scale;



  • Judgment 1522


    81st Session, 1996
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    The organization has "discharged its duty to take an express decision duly giving its reasons for not reinstating him. Its decision [not to reinstate him] takes seriatim all the posts he might have been appointed to. It explains the reasons of fact or law why it came to the view that his training, experience or grasp of languages or the need for special skills disqualified him for some posts. The reasons why he was not appointed to others had to do with the budget, some posts being 'frozen'. Or else the reasons were administrative: for example the Appointment and Promotion Board was not in favour, or the organization gave priority to a permanent employee."

    Keywords:

    advisory opinion; application for execution; budgetary reasons; due process; duration of appointment; duty to substantiate decision; judgment of the tribunal; judicial review; knowledge of languages; organisation's duties; permanent appointment; priority; professional experience; promotion board; qualifications; refusal; reinstatement; selection board; training;



  • Judgment 524


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

    Considerations

    Extract:

    "[It is not] in breach of the principle of equality of treatment to demand any particular language qualifications or specialised knowledge for a vacancy. The principle requires equal treatment and absence of discrimination only where the circumstances are similar. Where the very nature of the post to be filled makes special qualifications necessary, it is reasonable and right for the organisation to require that candidates possess them."

    Keywords:

    appointment; competition; condition; equal treatment; judicial review; knowledge of languages; qualifications; vacancy;



  • Judgment 462


    46th Session, 1981
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 5

    Extract:

    "According to the Tribunal's present case law, an acquired right is a right the grant of which was of decisive importance to the staff member when he accepted an appointment with the organisation. [...] But the notion of acquired rights should be developed to take account of situations analogous to those which gave rise to the doctrine." Staff members should not be arbitrarily deprived of the right to an allowance provided for in the Rules.

    Keywords:

    acquired right; allowance; condition; definition; knowledge of languages;

    Consideration 6

    Extract:

    The essential condition for continued payment of the allowance is continued proficiency. The method by which such proficiency is to be ascertained is not of the essence. The Director-General's changing the method does not constitute arbitrary deprivation of an acquired right.

    Keywords:

    acquired right; allowance; amendment to the rules; condition; knowledge of languages;

    Consideration 5

    Extract:

    The possibility of obtaining a language allowance under certain conditions is not ordinarily a matter of decisive importance to a new recruit. It is therefore not an acquired right in the sense of the case law. A staff member may be said to acquire the right to the allowance under the terms of the rules in force at the time he earns it. Accordingly, the rules should not be changed so as to deprive officials of such a right arbitrarily.

    Keywords:

    acquired right; allowance; amendment to the rules; knowledge of languages; provision; staff regulations and rules;



  • Judgment 389


    43rd Session, 1980
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Consideration 4

    Extract:

    "it is immaterial that when the [organization] appointed the complainant it was or ought to have been aware of his lack of proficiency in french. the fact that it put him on one year's probation shows that it did not regard itself as bound by any opinion it formed or may have formed at the time when it concluded the contract."

    Keywords:

    knowledge of languages; probationary period; purpose; qualifications;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    On several occasions the complainant was criticised for his inability to carry out his duties [too academic, lack of practical sense, insufficient knowledge of language of communication]. His transfer was requested. "Since those criticisms were made by the complainant's immediate supervisors [...] they demanded attention. [...] It was open to the Director-General, without exceeding or abusing his discretionary authority, to conclude that it would not be in the [organization's] interests to continue to employ the complainant."

    Keywords:

    discretion; knowledge of languages; organisation's interest; probationary period; qualifications; termination of employment; unsatisfactory service;



  • Judgment 178


    26th Session, 1971
    International Telecommunication Union
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR

    Considerations

    Extract:

    In taking the view that knowledge of only two languages was required for the post, the Secretary-General merely exercised the authority vested in him. "Although the appropriateness of the way in which [the discretion was exercised] is open to discussion, it does not appear from the documents that [the] decision was based on materially incorrect facts or an obvious error or distortion of the evidence, or on a seriously mistaken assessment of the requirements."

    Keywords:

    discretion; judicial review; knowledge of languages; post description;


 
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