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UN Appeals Tribunal

Judges of UNAT

UNAT is composed of seven Judges, appointed by the General Assembly. The current composition of the Tribunal is as follows:

Richard Lussick, President (Samoa)

Richard Lussick

Justice Lussick is the current and sixth President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. He is also a judge of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. Justice Lussick served as a judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from November 2004 to May 2012, finishing his tenure as Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber II. From 2005 to 2006 he also sat as the Staff Appeals Judge for the Special Court. From 1995 to 2000, he served as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kiribati. Prior to that he was appointed to the bench in Samoa in 1987 and during his tenure held appointments to the District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Land and Titles Court and as Acting Chief Justice. He also served as Chairman of the Public Service Board of Appeal from 1988 to 1995. He was Vice President of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (Pacific Region) from 1997 to 2000. He was called to the Bar in 1973 and has practiced as a barrister-at-law in both Samoa and Australia. He is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of French.

Rosalyn M. Chapman, First Vice-President (United States of America)

Rosalyn M. Chapman

Judge Chapman served as Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles and surrounding area) from 1995 until her retirement on December 1, 2010. As a magistrate judge, Judge Chapman had an active and diverse civil case load, and she authored hundreds of opinions, many of which are published. From 1977 until her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Chapman was an administrative law judge for the State of California. As such, Judge Chapman conducted various administrative hearings, including public and private employment matters. Additionally, Judge Chapman has been a certified labor arbitrator, as well as a lecturer on the law school faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles. Judge Chapman obtained her J.D. in 1967 from the University of California at Berkeley's School of Law, and for almost ten years thereafter, Judge Chapman was a public interest lawyer representing low-income clients in both California and federal courts. Judge Chapman's language is English.

Inés Weinberg de Roca, Second Vice-President (Argentina)

Inés Weinberg de Roca

Judge Weinberg de Roca was the First President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (July 2009 - June 2010). She is currently a judge of the Supreme Court in the city of Buenos Aires. From 2003 to 2008, she was a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and from June 2003 to October 2005, she was designated as a member of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the ICTR. Previously, from 2000 to 2003, she served as advisor on international law to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She represented Argentina at various diplomatic conferences and was Argentina's representative to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) until 2003. Judge Weinberg de Roca is currently Professor of Private International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and Director of the German-Argentine Center of the University of Buenos Aires. She served as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg, Germany, and has authored several books and numerous publications. Judge Weinberg de Roca studied law at the University of Buenos Aires, and obtained her doctor juris from the University of La Plata, Argentina.

Sophia Adinyira, Judge (Ghana)

Sophia Adinyira

Justice Adinyira was the Third President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (July 2011 – June 2012). She has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Ghana since March 2006. Prior to that, she served as a judge of the Ghanaian Court of Appeal from 1999 to 2006 and before that, as a judge of the High Court of Ghana from 1989. She holds a law degree from the University of Ghana at Legon (1971). She has been an external consultant examiner in Family Law at the Ghana School of Law since 2010. She is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of French.

Luis María Simón, Judge (Uruguay)

Luis María Simón

Judge Simón was the Fourth President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (July 2012 – June 2013). He is currently a judge of the Civil Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Montevideo, a post he has held since 2002. His court has jurisdiction over, among other things, public sector employment and responsibility of State institutions. In the period from 1989 to 2002 he served as a judge at various courts with first instance and appellate jurisdiction (civil law), with particular jurisdiction over administrative law issues between 1991 and 1994. He has been a university professor in procedural law (civil and criminal) since 1985. Dr. Simón holds law degrees, including a doctorate (1983) from the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay. His first language is Spanish. He has a good working knowledge of English and French and a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.

Mary Faherty, Judge (Ireland)

Ms. Mary Faherty

Judge Faherty was the Fifth President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. She is currently a judge of the Circuit Court of Ireland and a Member of a Tribunal of Inquiry established by Parliament, a position she has held since 2002. She was appointed Chairperson of the Employment Appeals Tribunal of Ireland in 1995 and served as a Vice Chairperson of the same Tribunal from 1989 – 1995. She served as an Equality Officer of the Labour Relations Commission in 1997. From 1999-2000 she was President of the European Association of Labour Court Judges. Judge Faherty graduated with a degree in Legal Science and German in 1982 from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and was conferred with an LLB degree in 1984. In 1980-1981 she studied German at the University of Freiburg on a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship. Judge Faherty was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1986 and to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996. In 2001 she was made Senior Counsel of the Inner Bar of Ireland. She holds a diploma in International Arbitration from University College Dublin and was appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1998. She has attended courses in Human Rights in Strasbourg and the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2006 she received the Alumni Award for Law, Public Service and Government from NUIG. Her first language is English, she has a good knowledge of German and a basic knowledge of French.

Judges who served on the Appeals Tribunal

Judge Rose Boyko

(Canada, 1 July 2009 – 15 January 2011)

Judge Kamaljit Singh Garewal

(India, 1 July 2009 – 30 June 2012)
1st Vice President (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012)
2nd Vice President (1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011)

Judge Mark P. Painter

(United States of America, 1 July 2009 – 30 June 2012)

Judge Jean Courtial

(France, 1 July 2009 – 31 December 2013)
President (1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011)
1st Vice President (1 July 2009 – 30 June 2012)