Ugandan judge, Justice Margret Tulya has been voted along with three others to serve on the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT).
Justice Tibulya who has been serving as the Deputy Head of the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala was elected yesterday by delegates at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The UNDT is an internal tribunal that UN staff members apply to when they decide to challenge an administrative decision made by an entity over which the UNDT has Jurisdiction, and which the Applicant believes violates their rights as a staff member due to non-compliance with the terms of their appointment or contract of employment.
Other judges elected by secret ballot on the tribunal yesterday are Francis Belle from Barbados, Rachel Sikwese from Malawi and Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell from Trinidad and Tobago
The four judges are to serve half-time terms of office on the UNDT, each for seven years beginning immediately.
Half-time judges on the dispute tribunal are deployed up to a cumulative period of six months per year, as decided by the UNGA president based on the caseload and any judicial absences affecting the work of the tribunal, according to a press note released after the election.
To be eligible for appointment as a judge to the dispute tribunal, candidates must be of high moral character and impartial; possess at least 10 years of judicial experience in the field of administrative law or the equivalent within one or more national jurisdictions; and be fluent, both orally and in writing, in English or French, says the press note.