Legal assistance

Whether it’s a conflict at work, harassment, abuse of authority, retaliation or prohibited conduct, we can all be a victim of one of these acts, however junior or senior we are.

The Council is here to advise you on your options and assist you in seeking justice, whether it’s informal mediation (we can meet with your management) or whether you would like legal assistance to contest and administrative decision through the proper legal channels, including to the United Nations Dispute Tribunal.

For legal representation, the Council currently supports the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) and in most cases we will direct you to them.

The OSLA representative in Geneva is Mr. Robbie Leighton (ext. 75398).

However, in certain cases and if your are a dues paying member, we can assist you in funding a separate legal representative. For more information on the formal system of dispute resolution, please click here.

To find out more on dealing with discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and abuse of authority, as well as their definitions, please click here.

If you would like to speak to us, you may contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 Important documents on internal justice

How does the internal justice system work -  a guide

Read this so that you are prepared in case the organization makes a decision, which you believe may have breached your rights as a staff member under the Staff rules and regulations.

How to apply for a review of an administrative decision through the Management Evaluation Unit (MEU)

In most cases this is the first step in contesting a decision made by the organization.

The Dispute Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal

If you believe that the request for management evaluation has not led to a satisfactory outcome, this is where you should go next. This includes information on how to get legal assistance, including for prior stage of the MEU.

Directions for applicants

Useful additional information in case you have a case before the tribunals

Lessons learnt from the Tribunal

What lessons can managers learn from the tribunal judgements.

Relevant documents and reports on the internal justice system

Useful resources for further reading.