It appears that Honorable Judge Michael Adams is leaving the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) New York. In, dated 23 April 2010, Honorable Judge Adams wrote:
"Having regard to the volume of documents and the necessarily uncertain scope of the extent to which reference will need to be made to them during and following the trial, I have reluctantly concluded that it is not practically open for me to do more than case manage this matter to that point and abandon the attempt to conduct a hearing on the merits before my impending departure from the Tribunal on 18 May 2010. The unfortunate consequence of my not being able to hear this matter is in large part due to the failure of the respondent to comply with my orders in a timely way, which required the Tribunal to provide extensions which should not have been necessary. Indeed, as pointed out, there are a significant number of documents which have not been produced, despite my order."
In recent five articles, The UN Post reported on the stand off between Honorable Judge Adams and the United Nations Administration who defied and ignored the Judge's orders, then in an apparent attempt to side-step the new UN Internal Justice System, the UN Administration appealed Honorable Judge Adams orders, even before he made any judgments in the case.
The UN Post five articles are:
|1. UN Justice, Behind the Facade||2. Appeal to UN General Assembly||3. UN Justice and Secrecy|
|4. Bravo! Judge Adams||5. UN Whistle-Blower Protection|
It should be mentioned that Honorable Judge Michael Adams and 14 other Honorable Judges were appointed by the United Nations General Assembly and they were officially sworn in as UNDT Judges on 22 June 2009 in the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
According to the above statement of Honorable Judge Adams, he will be departing "from the Tribunal on 18 May 2010" that is less than 11 months from the date he started.
If Honorable Judge Adams leaves, it would be a tremendous disappointment for the UN staff members and a huge loss for the UN Internal Justice System; and it would raise so many questions as to the reasons behind this very early and sudden departure.
We wish, hope and pray to see Judge Adams stay with the UNDT, he has shown great judicial intellects, commendable fairness and independence. Honorable Judge Adams and the other Honorable Judges of UNDT and UNAT are the last hope to save the United Nations and free it from abuse, mismanagement and corruption.
M. Alaadin A. Morsy
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