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UN Dispute Tribunal

Distribution of Cases Between Different UNDT Locations

In accordance with article 6 of the UN Dispute Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure, "[a]n application shall be filed at a Registry of the UNDT, taking into account geographical proximity and any other relevant material considerations. The Tribunal shall assign cases to the appropriate Registry. A party may apply for a change of venue."

The main criterion for the distribution of cases between the three Registries is the duty station of the staff member at the time of the contested decision. Staff members or former staff members should file their application as follows:

If your office or duty station at the time of the
contested decision was or is located in
Your application must be filed with
Europe and Asia (including The Pacific) Geneva Registry
Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (including Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine) Nairobi Registry
Americas and the Caribbean New York Registry

When assigning cases to a Registry, the UN Dispute Tribunal may consider other criteria, such as: the duty station of the staff member or place of residence of the former staff member at the time of application; where the contested decision was taken; where the facts of the case happened; other relevant material considerations.

A party, meaning either the staff member that is appealing the administrative decision or the Administration, may apply for a change of venue to request that the case be transferred from one Registry to another. The UN Dispute Tribunal decides on such requests after giving an opportunity to the parties to make objections, if any, and informs the parties accordingly.