Election of President and Vice-Presidents
The members of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal have elected Judge Janice Bellace as President of the Tribunal and Judges Seward Cooper and Lynne Charbonneau as Vice-Presidents of the Tribunal.
Seward Montgomery Cooper is an international and corporate lawyer. He served as the Legal Advisor to the President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and as a member of the Cabinet from 2011-2016. Prior to that appointment, he was the first head of the African Development Bank Group’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption office, and earlier served as Chief Counsel & Unit, Head for Good Governance. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the African Development Bank’s “Law for Development Review.” He co-led the conception and drafting of documents for establishment of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) - an international organization. Mr. Cooper has written and lectured on international legal matters and, among other works, co-authored a three volume treatise on Liberian corporate law. Mr. Cooper has litigated cases at both trial and appellate levels, and has served on several boards of directors including the ALSF’s Management Board, which he chaired. Formerly, he served as president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and adjunct professor of business law at the University of Liberia. He is the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and the Internal Province of West Africa. Mr. Cooper is admitted as counselor-at-law of the Supreme Court of Liberia and of the United States of America.
Lynne Charbonneau is a lawyer and corporate director. She serves on the Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, of BlueShore Financial Credit Union, which is one of Canada's largest credit unions. She is the Chair of Actsafe Safety Association, a worker health and safety organization for the production in British Columbia of motion picture, television, live events and performing arts. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Inuvialuit Development Corporation, a diversified investment, venture capital, and management holding company owned on behalf of the Inuit of Canada’s western Arctic. In recent years, Ms. Charbonneau served on the Futures Task Force of the Law Society of British Columbia and on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. From 2005 until 2018, Ms. Charbonneau served as Deputy General Counsel at HSBC Bank Canada. Prior to her time with HSBC, Ms. Charbonneau was a partner of the Canadian national law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, where she practiced in the fields of labour and employment law and subsequently corporate and securities law.