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This chapter presents opening statement presented at a Conference on international administrative law held in Paris on May 16, 2000. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled on several occasions on questions involving international civil servants. Two important advisory opinions were delivered in 1949 and 1954. In the first opinion, the Court noted that the United Nations (UN) might find it necessary to entrust its agents with important missions to be performed in disturbed parts of the world. In the second opinion, the Court found that judgments of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT) were binding on the UN. The future contribution of the ICJ to the field of international civil service law will likely be through advisory opinions rather than through direct intervention in specific cases brought originally before international administrative tribunals.

Keywords:international administrative law; international civil service law; International Court of Justice (ICJ); United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT)



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