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Handbook on the internal justice system at the United Nations

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The new system of administration of justice at the United Nations, established in July 2009, has been considered one of the most important achievements in staff-management relations at the United Nations and the protection of each staff member’s individual rights vis-à-vis the Organization. The Handbook on the Internal Justice System at the United Nations provides a detailed examination of the different facets of the system and its origins. This volume addresses first and foremost, United Nations staff members who want to learn about the new system and how it really works, as well as practitioners in the system as it examines important questions arising in their day-to-day practice. It also provides a comprehensive description of a cornerstone in the internal structure of the United Nations that may be of interest to the academic world of public international law.

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Institutions of the system of administration of justice

The General Assembly’s decision to establish “a new, independent, transparent, professionalized, adequately resourced and decentralized system of administration of justice” required an overall institutional reform. The entry into force of the new system was therefore accompanied by the abolishment of several familiar bodies and the establishment of new ones. The result is an innovative structure, which aims at streamlining processes, decentralizing activities in various duty stations, putting mechanisms into place to ensure the fair and transparent delivery of justice, and offering several options to staff members to settle their disputes with the Organization. This complex edifice, however, may well become a labyrinth, if one is not familiar with the various actors involved, their structure and their role. The present Chapter will describe the institutions of the system, which are fundamental to understand how the administration of justice at the United Nations works.

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