Election of President and Vice-President, and Re-election of Vice-President
The members of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal have elected Judge Andrew Burgess as President of the Tribunal and Judge Marielle Cohen-Branche as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Tribunal. Judge Mahnoush Arsanjani was re-elected as Vice-President.
Judge Burgess is currently a Justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice. From 2004 to 2010, he was a judge of the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal where he served as Vice President in 2007 and 2009 and President in 2009-2010. Prior to this he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies from 1989-1992 and 1995-2004; as a Senator in the Senate and as a Councillor in the Council of that University; as a Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law; as a member of the Barbados Judicial Council, as a member of the Tax Appeal Tribunal in Barbados, and as Chairman of a number of national and regional committees. He is the author of two books on company law and has published widely on a range of legal issues especially in corporate and commercial jurisprudence.
Judge Cohen-Branche was judge at the French Cour de Cassation from 2003 to 2012, until her retirement. She served as a member of The World Bank’s Sanctions Board from 2007 to 2012. She was a member of the Sanctions Commission (2003-2011) and is currently the ombudsman (since 2012) of the French Stock Exchange Regulator. From 1978 to 2002, Judge Cohen-Branche was a senior executive and legal manager at an international banking institution. Prior to her time in the private sector, she served as General Secretary of CEDIMOM, a non-governmental organization that assists European countries operating in developing nations. For her distinguished national service, Judge Cohen-Branche was awarded the French Legion d'honneur.
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.