Election of President and Vice-President
The members of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal have elected Judge Mahnoush Arsanjani as President of the Tribunal and Judge Janice Bellace as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Tribunal.
Judge Arsanjani served in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs for over 30 years in various positions. She was Director of the Codification Division and Secretary to the United Nations International Law Commission, and also Secretary of the Committee of the Whole of the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. She served as a member of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Enquiry, established in June 2011 by the King of Bahrain to investigate and report on events in Bahrain in 2011. She was a member of the Expert Group established by the 2008 Ad Hoc Energy Ministers Meetings Held in Jeddah and London, and also served as a special consultant to the International Energy Forum which drafted the Charter of the International Energy Forum. She was Vice President of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. She has published widely and lectured at leading universities and institutions on international law, international tribunals and international institutions.
Judge Bellace is a Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Professor of Management in The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania and she is currently the Director of the Tanoto ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Initiative at the Wharton School. She was a member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organization. Active in several professional organizations, she was the President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association and recently stepped down as the President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law. In the United States, she has been the President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and is a former Secretary of the Section on Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association.
Outgoing president, Judge Andrew Burgess, will continue to serve as a judge on the Tribunal for the remainder of his term. Additionally, Judge Marielle Cohen-Branche will continue in her current role as Vice-President along with Judge Bellace.