Judges of the UN Dispute Tribunal
On 2 March 2009, the General Assembly elected the first judges of the UN Dispute Tribunal. They are:
Nairobi: Mr. Vinod Boolell (Mauritius)
Vinod Boolell is the current President of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. He was formerly Chief International Judge with the international judiciary in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Judge Boolell studied law at Oxford University and was called to the Bar at Inner Temple London. He also holds a Masters in French Law and a Diploma from the French School of Judges in Paris. After practicing at the Bar in his home country Mauritius, he served as a prosecutor and as an adviser at the Ministry of Justice in Mauritius for a number of years. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Mauritius in 1988. From 2001 to 2002 he served as a judicial mentor at the Supreme Court of Cambodia. In 2002 he was appointed judge with UNMIK and ended his mission there as acting Chief International Judge.
New York: Ms. Memooda Ebrahim-Carstens (Botswana)
Judge Ebrahim-Carstens is the previous President of the Dispute Tribunal (2010-2011). She was initially appointed to the Dispute Tribunal in 2009 for a three-year term and was reappointed on 1 July 2012 for a seven year-term. Judge Carstens was formerly a presiding Judge of the High Court of Botswana. Prior to this, she served for more than 10 years as a Judge of the Industrial Court of Botswana. The Industrial Court of Botswana being a Superior Court of Law and Equity, and a specialised labour court; Judge Carstens has had considerable experience in the fields of labour law, administrative law, adjudication, and mediation. Prior to this, Judge Carstens ran her own legal practice from 1987-1998, mainly in civil/commercial/employment/matrimonial and human rights law. Judge Carstens also worked briefly in London. Judge Carstens holds an Honours Degree in law (BA Hons. Business Law), from City of London Polytechnic Business Law School (now London Metropolitan University). She also obtained her Barristers Degree in 1983, and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, London.
Geneva: Mr. Thomas Laker (Germany)
Judge Laker was formerly a presiding judge at the Administrative Law Court in Hamburg (since 2005). He is also a qualified mediator. He has served continuously as a judge of the Administrative Law Court in Hamburg since 1989. He studied law in Göttingen and Geneva and holds a law degree from the Georg-August University in Göttingen (1985).
Sir Goolam Hoosen Kader-Meeran (United Kingdom)
His Honour Sir Goolam Meeran, a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal in the UK, was President of the Employment Tribunals for England and Wales from 2002 to 2008.He had responsibility for all aspects of policy, practice and procedure, management of judicial resources and providing judicial input to Ministerial working groups on Regulations and Rules of Procedure in Employment Tribunals. He introduced judicial mediation to complement other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In the 2009 New Years Honours list Judge Goolam was awarded a Knighthood for "Services to the Administration of Justice". He has been a full time Employment Judge since 1993 and a member of the Judicial Studies Board Equal Treatment and Tribunals Committees. Judge Goolam holds degrees from the University of Manchester (1969) and the London School of Economics (1970), and a diploma in law (1981).
Ms. Coral Shaw (New Zealand)
Judge Shaw obtained a law degree from the University of Auckland in 1981 having earlier qualified as a teacher. She practiced as a lawyer in Criminal, Labour and Administrative law for 10 years. In 1992 she was appointed as a judge of the New Zealand District Court and served on that court until 1999. She served as a judge of the New Zealand Employment Court from 1999 until 2009 when she retired from the New Zealand Bench to take up the position of half-time judge of the UN Dispute Tribunal. She is a qualified mediator and mediates in employment related disputes in New Zealand when not acting as a Judge of the UNDT.
Ad litem judges
On 31 March 2009, the General Assembly elected Judge Jean-François Cousin and Judge Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako as ad litem judges for a one-year term, which was renewed several times, most recently until 31 December 2012. On 16 April 2012, the General Assembly elected Judge Alessandra Greceanu as ad litem judge for a term ending on 31 December 2012.
Geneva: Mr. Jean-François Cousin (France)
Judge Cousin was formerly a presiding judge at the Administrative Appeals Court of Marseille. Prior to this, he held office as a presiding judge in the Administrative Tribunal of Marseille (2004-2007 and 1998-2002) and served as a judge in various administrative tribunals. He also served as an adviser to the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand (2002-2003); and as an administrative judge in Papeete, French Polynesia (1991-1992). He obtained a Master’s degree in private law from the Faculty of Law of Paris in 1967 and a degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 1968.
New York: Ms. Alessandra Greceanu (Romania)
Judge Greceanu served as a Judge at the Court of Appeal of Bucharest having been appointed in 2002. She was on the Court's Civil Section (IV) and previously sat on the Court's Labour Section. She also served as a trainer Judge at the National Institute of Magistracy in labour law and European Union law. Prior to appointment at the Court of Appeal, Judge Greceanu held appointments from 2000 until 2002 with the Tribunal of Bucharest (Civil and Administrative Suit) and from 1993 to 2000 as a first-instance Judge in Judecatoria sector 1, Bucharest. Judge Greceanu received her degree in law from the University of Bucharest in 1993 and received her Certificate from the National Institute for Training of Magistrates in 1994.
Nairobi: Ms. Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako (Nigeria)
Judge Izuako was formerly a high court judge in the Solomon Islands. Previously, she held office as a high court judge in Anambra State in Nigeria, as a high court judge in the Gambia, and an acting judge of the Gambia Court of Appeal. In each of these jurisdictions and as a judge of a court of general jurisdiction, she had experience in handling labour and administrative law matters. She was also a law lecturer in Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria and in the Gambi Technical Institute. She holds law degrees from the University of Ife, Nigeria (1976 and 1981).