gva 2016 029 .pdf


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Case No.:

UNITED NATIONS DISPUTE TRIBUNAL

Before:

Judge Rowan Downing

Registry:

Geneva

Registrar:

René M. Vargas M.

SUN
v.
SECRETARY-GENERAL
OF THE UNITED NATIONS

ORDER
ON CASE MANAGEMENT

Counsel for Applicant:
Self-represented
Counsel for Respondent:
Kara Nottingham, HRLU
Stéphanie Cochard, HRLU

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UNDT/GVA/2015/178

Order No.:

029 (GVA/2016)

Date:

2 February 2016

Original:

English

Case No. UNDT/GVA/2015/178
Order No. 029 (GVA/2016)

Introduction
1.

By application filed on 10 December 2015, the Applicant, a Translator

(P-3), Chinese Translation Section, Languages Service, Division of Conference
Management, United Nations Office at Geneva (“CTS/LS/DCM/UNOG”),
contests the decisions by the Acting Director-General of UNOG to close her
complaint

of

sexual

harassment

against

a

Terminology

Assistant,

CTS/LS/DCM/UNOG, with managerial actions rather than disciplinary actions
and not to provide her with a copy of the investigation report.
2.

The application was served on the Respondent on 16 December 2015, and

he submitted his reply on 15 January 2016, with six annexes filed ex parte, which,
according to the Respondent, contain confidential information.
Consideration
3.

Having reviewed the case file, the Tribunal notes that the instant case

appears to raise a preliminary issue of receivability rationae temporis.
4.

The Applicant states in her application that she received a response to her

request for management evaluation on 10 September 2015. She filed her
application before the Tribunal on 10 December 2015, that is 91 days later.
5.

Pursuant to art. 8.1(d)(i)(a) of its Statute, an application before the Dispute

Tribunal shall be filed “[w]ithin 90 calendar days of the applicant’s receipt of the
response by management to his or her submission”.
6.

Since it constitutes a matter of law which touches upon the Tribunal’s

competence to adjudicate the case, the Dispute Tribunal shall examine the
receivability of an application even if not raised by the parties (see, e.g.,
Christensen

2013-UNAT-335;

Chahrour

2014-UNAT-204;

O’Neill

UNDT/2010/203; De Porres UNDT/2010/55; Babiker UNDT/2015/108).
7.

In view of the foregoing and pursuant to art. 19 (Case Management) of its

Rules of Procedure, the Tribunal deems it appropriate and in the interest of justice

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Case No. UNDT/GVA/2015/178
Order No. 029 (GVA/2016)

to invite the parties to make additional submissions addressing the issue of the
receivability rationae temporis of the application. The Tribunal considers that a
five day time limit for both parties to file their submissions is sufficient in the
circumstances.
Conclusion
8.

In view of the foregoing, it is ORDERED that the parties file additional

submissions on the receivability rationae temporis of the application by Tuesday
9 February 2016.

(Signed)
Judge Rowan Downing
Dated this 2nd day of February 2016

Entered in the Register on this 2nd day of February 2016
(Signed)
René M. Vargas M., Registrar, Geneva

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