UN DISPUTE TRIBUNAL JUDGES

The UNDT is composed of three full-time judges and six half-time judges, appointed by the General Assembly. The current composition of the UNDT is as follows:



Joëlle Adda (France)

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Judge Joëlle Adda is the current President of the UNDT and a full-time judge. She has been an administrative judge for over 20 years at the first instance and at the appellate levels. She served as president of the Administrative Court of Lille (2014-2017) and president of the Fifth Chamber of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Paris. She has also served as Legal Director at the Société du Grand Paris and the French Telecommunications and Posts Regulator. She has recently been a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law (USA) and a judge (panels chair) on France’s National Court of Asylum. Ms. Adda earlier worked at the Legal Service of the European Commission (2000-2002). She graduated from the University of Paris and the French National School of Administration (ENA).

Francis H.V Belle (Barbados)

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Judge Francis H.V Belle has served as a High Court Judge for over 15-years. His judicial experience spans adjudication of criminal and civil matters, including Administrative and Employment Law actions. Judge Belle served as resident judge in Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Dominica; visiting judge in Anguilla and Montserrat with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) 2003-present. He periodically serves as acting Court of Appeal Judge with the ECSC and acting judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court (2015-present). Judge Belle holds a Bachelor of Arts, History and Social Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and a Certificate of Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica (1986). He also holds a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova South Eastern University in the United States (2002) and served as Chairman of Court Connected Mediation Committees in three (3) ECSC jurisdictions. As a lawyer, Judge Belle taught Criminal Law at UWI (School of Continuing Education - British Virgin Islands) and held various senior positions within private and public sectors including Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP) in St Kitts and Nevis. He is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and Senior Fellow of the Weinstein International Foundation (Fellowship of Mediators). He was appointed UNDT half-time judge on July 10, 2019 for 7 years.

Teresa Maria da Silva Bravo (Portugal)

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Judge Teresa Maria da Silva Bravo (Portugal) is a full-time judge of the UNDT and has 16 years of judicial experience in employment disputes at the trial level; she has worked as a first instance judge since 2000 and, since 2009, as a judge of the Labor Court of Lisbon, which she presided in 2013 and 2014. She has conducted research in labor law matters viewed from a comparative law point of view, and holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon and a PhD in European and International Criminal Law from the Faculty of Law of the “Universidade Nova de Lisboa”. Judge Bravo was the UNDT President from 1 January to 3 November 2019.

Francesco Buffa (Italy)

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Judge Francesco Buffa was appointed half-time Judge to the UNDT for a seven-year term, effective July 2019. With 26 years of judicial experience in employment disputes, he is a Justice of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation since 2007, in the last five years on secondment to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France). At the same time, he has been lecturer at the Sapienza University of Rome and maître à conference all over Europe; he is the author of sixty legal monographies and a number of essays, most of them in labour and social security law.

Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell (Trinidad and Tobago)

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Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell was appointed half time Judge of the UNDT for a seven year term effective 10 July 2019. Judge Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell currently serves as a Puisne Judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, presiding in Civil matters since 2015. She has also served as a Judicial Officer at the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago for several years and has held office as Solicitor General in the Ministry of the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. She has enjoyed an extensive and varied legal practice as an Attorney-at-Law and Judicial Officer in Jamaica; presiding in criminal trials and Preliminary Inquiries as a resident Magistrate, playing a pioneering role in emerging fields of securities law regulation and competition law regulation, and serving as Director of Legal Services and Enforcement at the Securities Commission. She also holds an EMBA (Distinction and Top Student) from the Arthur Lock Jack Graduate School of Business and is a certified Mediator. She is the author of” Sailor Dance” the biography of John Stanley Donaldson, her father, and mother of Warren and Kristen.

Alexander W. Hunter Jr. (United States of America)

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Judge Alexander W. Hunter Jr. was appointed to the UNDT as a half-time judge effective 1 July 2016. He has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York since 1994. He previously served for eight years as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. He has extensive experience in most areas of civil law. He teaches trial advocacy and co-authored the chapter on evidence in a book on practice for trial judges.


Agnieszka Klonowiecka-Milart (Poland)

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Judge Klonowiecka-Milart was appointed as a full-time judge of the UNDT in Nairobi effective 1 July 2016. During the period 2000 to 2008, she served as a United Nations international judge in the Kosovo Supreme Court. In 2006, she was appointed an international judge with the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia where she served initially on an ad hoc basis and since 2010 on a permanent basis in the Supreme Court Chamber.

Rachel Sophie Sikwese (Malawi)

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Judge Rachel Sophie Sikwese was appointed half-time Judge to the UNDT for a seven-year term, effective 10 July 2019. She has served in various judicial capacities in Malawi for 21 years, from the magistracy, registrar, chairperson of the Industrial Relations Court and currently Judge of the High Court specializing in commercial law. She is the Editor of Malawi Law Reports since 2002. She sits on the special Law Commission on the Review of the Supreme Court of Appeal Act as Deputy Chairperson. Her publication Labour Law in Malawi and her monograph in the International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations (Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands), are leading authorities on labour law in Malawi. Her other publications include, Access to Labour Justice and HIV-AIDS in the World of Work. She was on the Executive Committee of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (Ilera) (2009-2015). She is an Expert Contributor to the World Bank Group (Women, Business and the Law), UN Sustainable Development Goals- Goal 16, World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 report and ILO Bureau for Gender Equality. She served as Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organisation (Social Determinants of Health). She holds a Master of Laws Degree (Indiana- Bloomington, USA).

Margaret Tibulya (Uganda)

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Judge Margaret Tibulya (Uganda) has over 25 years of judicial experience, including labor and administrative matters. She has served in various capacities, including Chief Magistrate of the Mengo Court that handled administrative and labor related matters (prior to the establishment of the Industrial Court in Uganda), as well as Deputy Registrar at the Commercial Court Kampala. She has been a Judge of the High Court of Uganda since 2013, currently serving as the Deputy Head of the Anti-Corruption Court in Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Makerere University, Kampala, a Master’s Degree in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI).