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III. RECOMMENDATIONS 

  

16. The Council is invited to take note of its decision ISBA/13/C/6, relating to the procedure for the nominations of candidates for future elections to the Commission and to apply this procedure to the forthcoming elections to be held in 2011.   

17. The Council is further invited to give consideration to the issues identified in the present note and to provide any necessary direction relating to the size and composition of the Commission to be elected in 2011.  

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ISBA/16/C/4 Amendments to the Staff Regulations of the International Seabed 

Authority 

Note by the Secretariat 

  

Date: 25 January 2010 

  

I. INTRODUCTION 

 

1. The purpose of the present note is to introduce and explain a number of proposed amendments to the Staff Regulations of the International Seabed Authority. The proposed amendments are made necessary by changes to the Staff Regulations of the United Nations, on which those of the Authority are based, and in particular by the abolition, with effect from 31 December 2009, of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal and the reform of the system of administration of justice within the United Nations.  

2. It will be recalled that the Staff Regulations of the Authority were approved by the Assembly on 10 July 2001 (ISBA/7/A/5), having been applied provisionally since 2000 following their adoption by the Council at the sixth session. Prior to 2000, the Authority had applied, mutatis mutandis, the Staff Regulations of the United Nations in accordance with the Assembly’s decision of 29 August 1996 (ISBA/A/15).  

3. It is proposed to make amendments to the Staff Regulations of the Authority in order to: (a) recognize the competence of the new United Nations Appeals Tribunal to hear and pass judgement on applications filed by staff members of the Authority; and (b) at the same time, reflect a number of changes that have been made to the Staff Regulations of the United Nations since the Staff Regulations of the Authority were adopted.

   

II. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE STAFF REGULATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEABED 

AUTHORITY 

  

A. Extension of competence of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal 

  

4. It should be recalled that on account of the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the United Nations and other international organizations, staff members do not in principle have access to national courts at the duty station in relation to employment‐related grievances and disciplinary matters. As a legal corollary, those organizations are institutionally required to offer their personnel a recourse machinery for employment‐related disputes. Therefore, in implementing the Staff Regulations, the Authority, like the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and a number of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, decided to accept the jurisdiction of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal as the appropriate body to hear and pass judgement at the appellate level upon applications from staff members alleging non‐observance of their terms and conditions of employment pursuant to article 2 of the statute of the Administrative Tribunal. In the case of the Authority and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the decision to use the United Nations Administrative Tribunal as the final appellate

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