Judge Painter attends third United Nations Appeals Tribunal session

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Judge Mark Painter of Cincinnati attended the third session of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) in New York in October. The court's first session was in March in Geneva; the second was in June in New York. The court will next meet in Nairobi in February. Judge Painter is the only American on the seven-member court.

The court orally announced decisions on the cases on Friday October 29. The proceedings can be viewed at www.un.org/webcast. A synopsis of the decisions will later be posted on the website www.un.org/en/oaj.

The UNAT is the highest court of the new internal-justice system, which was instituted in 2009 to provide access to independent and professional courts for staff members and management. The judges were elected by the General Assembly.

Cases for the third session included disputes over promotions, sexual harassment, discipline, bribery, contract matters, and many other issues. These cases continue the development of the UN internal law. By the end of November 2010, the UNAT will have issued more than 100 judgments. The judgments from the first and second sessions are available at www.un.org/en/oaj.

As may be expected, the UNAT is diverse. In addition to Judge Painter, the Judges are Jean Courtial, (France), Sophia Adinyira, (Ghana), Kamaljit Singh Garewal, (India), Inés Weinberg de Roca, (Argentina), Rose Boyko (Canada), and Luis María Simón (Uruguay).

Before being elected to the UNAT, Judge Painter served on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals for 14 years, after 13 years on the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Municipal Court.