2020 Report of the 73rd session of the FICSA Council

2020 - Report of the Standing Committee on Legal Questions - FICSA/C/73/LEGAL/R.1

The FICSA Standing Committee on Legal Questions advises the Executive Committee on:

  • Legal strategy: including the identification of cases which can be brought to an administrative tribunal for the common benefit of staff, either to advance their rights or to protect their conditions of service
  • Legal insurance: exchanging information on available insurance coverage for international civil servants
  • Whistle-blower policies: identifying best practice and protections for whistle-blowers
  • Interpretation of Staff Regulations and Rules: assisting members in understanding the staff rules and providing opinions on whether they have been applied correctly
  • Use of the FICSA Legal Defence Fund: advising on which legal appeals should be supported by the Fund
  • Grievance procedures: identifying best practice and sharing information on internal grievance procedures
  • Administration of justice: monitoring the work and reform of the Administrative Tribunals
  • Roster of Legal Advisors: compiling a list of the best legal experts to assist in appeals
  • Administrative Tribunal case law: reviewing and providing information on the judgments of the Administrative Tribunals
  • Staff rights: identifying staff rights and the best strategies to protect and advance them
  • Training: providing training in the appeals process
  • Membership issues: defining the parameters of membership categories
  • Constitutional questions: interpreting the provisions of the FICSA Statutes and Rules

 

Resources:

Legal Defense Funds Guidelines

FICSA Request for Legal Assistance Form

Why legal insurance for employment matters is essential (Gemma Vestal, JD, MPH, MBA; Evelyn Kortum, FICSA General Secretary; Catherine Kirorei Corsini, WHO HQ SA President)

Are you breaking up with me? The legal considerations of an organisation leaving the UN Common System or the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund - Ludovica Moro and Neha Dubey -  Independent Legal Practitioners

Advancing International Administrative Law: a four-point agenda - Dr Rishi Gulati Barrister, Victorian Bar; Fellow In Law, London School Of Economics

Duty of management to consult with Staff Unions on conditions of Service Freedom of Association - Laurence Fauth - Legal Advisor to the IAEA Staff Council - Article only available in English

Standing Committees Chairs and Vice-Chairs

STANDING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

Legal strategy

Legal strategy including the identification of cases which can be brought to an administrative tribunal for the common benefit of staff, either to advance their rights or to protect their conditions of service

Legal insurance

Exchanging information on available insurance coverage for international civil servants

Whistle-blower policies

Identifying best practices and protection for whistle-blowers

Interpretation of Staff Regulations and Rules

Assisting members in understanding the staff rules and providing opinions on whether they have been applied correctly

Use of the FICSA Legal Defence Fund

Advising on which legal appeals should be supported by the Fund

Grievance procedures

Identifying best practice and sharing information on internal grievance procedures

Administration of justice

Monitoring the work and reform of the Administrative Tribunals

Roster of Legal Advisors

Compiling a list of the best legal experts to assist in appeals

Administrative Tribunal case law

Reviewing and providing information on the judgments of the Administrative Tribunals

Staff rights

Identifying staff rights and the best strategies to protect and advance them

Training

Providing training in the appeals process

Membership issues

Defining the parameters of membership categories

Constitutional questions

Interpreting the provisions of the FICSA Statutes and Rules

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Issues raised at last FICSA councils

All issues raised at selected Council:

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