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The Administrative Tribunal

We are the last resort of the conflict resolution system for employment related disputes at the IDB Group. Learn more about our role, composition, previous Judgments and resources available.

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What we do?

The Administrative Tribunal of the IDB Group hears complaints in which a current or former staff member of the IDB Group alleges non-observance of his or her contract of employment or terms and conditions of appointment, provided the complainant has exhausted all other remedies available within the IDB Group, as applicable, within the appropriate time periods, as established by the Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Tribunal

The cases are related mostly to the following topics: performance evaluation and career development; benefits, compensation, and pension issues; equity of treatment and respect in the workplace; and misconduct, conflict of interest, and alleged misuse of Bank resources. 

Who can file a complaint?

A complaint can be filed by any IDB Group employee, including consultants and retirees, and also by any person who is entitled to present a claim upon a right of a current, former, or retired staff member or consultant. 

 

Members of the Tribunal

The Tribunal is composed of seven members who are independent from the IDB Group; they are appointed by the Board of Directors. The members of the Tribunal must be nationals of member countries of the IDB Group. No two of them can be nationals of the same country. The members of the Tribunal are appointed for one non-renewable term of six years. In addition, an Executive Secretary of the Tribunal is appointed by the Board of Executive Directors and is responsible for assisting the Tribunal in discharging its functions.   

Member Name

Country

Since

William Berenson (President) 

United States

2020 

Kieran Bradley (Vice President) 

United Kingdom

2021 

Maria Vicien Milburn 

Argentina-Spain

2020 

Teresa Maria Da Silva Bravo 

Portugal 

2020 

Westmin R.A James 

Trinidad and Tobago 

2021 

Lorena Mereles González 

Mexico 

2023 

Martha Halfeld Furtado de Mendonça Schmidt 

Brazil 

2023 

Giuliana Canè (Executive Secretary) 

Italy

2016 

See Former Members  

Composition of the Administrative Tribunal
Procedure

The Administrative Tribunal has jurisdiction when all internal remedies established in the formal conflict resolution mechanisms have been exhausted in a timely manner (Article II of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal). 

Filing of the Complaint and Required Documentation

If the employee does not agree with the decision taken in previous instances, he or she may file a complaint with the Administrative Tribunal no later than 120 days after the following: 

  • The employee receives a Certificate of Conclusion of the Mediation. 
  • The employee receives the Final Decision of the Administration Subcommittee (Pension). 
  • The employee receives the Final Decision of the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPF).   

The Complaint is filed electronically (tribunal@iadb.org) with the office of the Tribunal's Executive Secretariat. If this is not practicable, the Complaint can be filed by mail to the office located at the Bank's headquarters or at the nearest Bank office if the complainant lives in a place other than Washington, D.C.  
The documents mentioned above need to be attached to the Complaint.

Hearing

The Rules of Procedure of the IDB Group Administrative Tribunal provide for two distinct types of hearings: witness testimony hearings and oral argument hearings. 
Witness testimony hearings are held for the purpose of examining witnesses, legal experts, or other evidence, and are closed to the public. 
Oral Argument hearings are convened after the conclusion of the evidentiary stage of the proceedings to allow the Parties to address the Tribunal directly and to provide a summary of their main arguments and submissions. They are open to all IDB Group active and retired personnel.

Deliberation and Judgment

The Tribunal’s Decisions are notified to each of the parties of the case, and they are final and not subject to appeal. The judgments are published in accordance with the provisions of the Bank’s Access to Information Policy. Click here to access the Tribunal’s Decisions and search engine.  

Role of the Tribunal within the IDB Group

The IDB and IDB Invest, like many international organizations, enjoy immunity from jurisdiction of the courts of their member countries. For this reason, the Administrative Tribunal was established to adjudicate disputes which arise out of the employment relationship of the IDB Group with their employees.

The Administrative Tribunal was established by the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB on April 29, 1981. The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) became subject to the Administrative Tribunal’s jurisdiction on November 19, 1991 by resolution of its Board of Executive Directors. As of November 2017, IDB Invest is the commercial name of the IIC.

Members of the Tribunal

The Tribunal is composed of seven members who are independent from the IDB Group; they are appointed by the Board of Directors. The members of the Tribunal must be nationals of member countries of the IDB Group. No two of them can be nationals of the same country. The members of the Tribunal are appointed for one non-renewable term of six years. In addition, an Executive Secretary of the Tribunal is appointed by the Board of Executive Directors and is responsible for assisting the Tribunal in discharging its functions.   

Member Name

Country

Since

William Berenson (President) 

United States

2020 

Kieran Bradley (Vice President) 

United Kingdom

2021 

Maria Vicien Milburn 

Argentina-Spain

2020 

Teresa Maria Da Silva Bravo 

Portugal 

2020 

Westmin R.A James 

Trinidad and Tobago 

2021 

Lorena Mereles González 

Mexico 

2023 

Martha Halfeld Furtado de Mendonça Schmidt 

Brazil 

2023 

Giuliana Canè (Executive Secretary) 

Italy

2016 

See Former Members  

Composition of the Administrative Tribunal
Procedure

The Administrative Tribunal has jurisdiction when all internal remedies established in the formal conflict resolution mechanisms have been exhausted in a timely manner (Article II of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal). 

Filing of the Complaint and Required Documentation

If the employee does not agree with the decision taken in previous instances, he or she may file a complaint with the Administrative Tribunal no later than 120 days after the following: 

  • The employee receives a Certificate of Conclusion of the Mediation. 
  • The employee receives the Final Decision of the Administration Subcommittee (Pension). 
  • The employee receives the Final Decision of the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPF).   

The Complaint is filed electronically (tribunal@iadb.org) with the office of the Tribunal's Executive Secretariat. If this is not practicable, the Complaint can be filed by mail to the office located at the Bank's headquarters or at the nearest Bank office if the complainant lives in a place other than Washington, D.C.  
The documents mentioned above need to be attached to the Complaint.

Hearing

The Rules of Procedure of the IDB Group Administrative Tribunal provide for two distinct types of hearings: witness testimony hearings and oral argument hearings. 
Witness testimony hearings are held for the purpose of examining witnesses, legal experts, or other evidence, and are closed to the public. 
Oral Argument hearings are convened after the conclusion of the evidentiary stage of the proceedings to allow the Parties to address the Tribunal directly and to provide a summary of their main arguments and submissions. They are open to all IDB Group active and retired personnel.

Deliberation and Judgment

The Tribunal’s Decisions are notified to each of the parties of the case, and they are final and not subject to appeal. The judgments are published in accordance with the provisions of the Bank’s Access to Information Policy. Click here to access the Tribunal’s Decisions and search engine.  

Role of the Tribunal within the IDB Group

The IDB and IDB Invest, like many international organizations, enjoy immunity from jurisdiction of the courts of their member countries. For this reason, the Administrative Tribunal was established to adjudicate disputes which arise out of the employment relationship of the IDB Group with their employees.

The Administrative Tribunal was established by the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB on April 29, 1981. The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) became subject to the Administrative Tribunal’s jurisdiction on November 19, 1991 by resolution of its Board of Executive Directors. As of November 2017, IDB Invest is the commercial name of the IIC.

Statute of the Administrative Tribunal
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Statute of the Administrative Tribunal (French)
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Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Tribunal
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Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Tribunal (French)
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Staff Rule on Labor Relations and Conflict Resolutions Mechanisms
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Code of Judicial Conduct
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This toolkit was created to guide future users in the event they decide to represent themselves when filing a case with the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank Group.

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This study offers a discussion of a specific feature of the Tribunal’s procedure

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This resource guide was developed to facilitate conversations between the Board of Executive Directors and the Secretariat of the Tribunal

Check out our gallery of audiovisual resources available to you. In this gallery you will find instructional videos about the process before the Administrative Tribunal, its composition and operational framework as well as interviews from judges, users and peers.  

The videos shared in this webpage are intended to provide general information about the Tribunal's role within the IDB Group, why it was established and how to access to it. 

 

Video Library Interviews Instructional Videos
Administrative Tribunal 2023: Agenda of the Sessions and Concluded Cases
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Administrative Tribunal 2022: Agenda of the Sessions and Concluded Cases
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Agenda - Fortieth Anniversary of the IDB Group Administrative Tribunal Event
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Administrative Tribunal Sessions’ Agenda in 2021
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2020
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