The Internal Justice Council is a joint body that provide advice on the first overhaul of the United Nations' internal justice system in 60 years, as outlined by the General Assembly.
The newly established United Nations Internal Justice Council had reviewed applications of judges for the Dispute and Appeals Tribunals.
Kate O'Regan, Chairperson and Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, stated that the Council, "a small key part of the reform of the United Nations internal justice system", had been established under General Assembly resolution 62/228 of 23 December 2007 with a mandate to ensure the independence, professionalism and accountability of the new system. In addition to advising on suitable candidates to serve as judges on future internal tribunals, the new body was also tasked with drafting a code of conduct for judges and making its views on the new system's implementation known to the Assembly.
The establishment of the Internal Justice Council was proposed by the Secretary-General on the basis of a recommendation by a "Redesign Panel" on the administration of justice, and modelled on similar bodies in other international public organizations. Council members were formally appointed in April and May 2008.
The five-member Internal Justice Council will consist of a staff representative, a management representative and two distinguished external jurists, one nominated by the staff and one by management, all of whom were approved today. The fifth member, the chair, will be a distinguished juror chosen by these four.
In addition to Ms. O'Regan, the two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia, a Vienna-based senior legal officer with the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia, who served as the first President of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).
The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Director of the General Legal Division of the OLA, and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka, who previously served in the same position and has since served the Organization in various advisory capacities on legal and administrative issues.
The General Assembly decided to reshape the Organization's justice system after a 2006 panel concluded that the administration of justice in the UN "fails to meet many basic standards of due process established in international human rights instruments."