Election of President and Vice-Presidents of the Tribunal
The members of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal have elected Judge Mónica Pinto as President of the Tribunal and Judges Andrew Burgess and Mahnoush Arsanjani as Vice-Presidents of the Tribunal.
Judge Pinto, a national of Argentina, is Dean and professor at the University of Buenos Aires Law School, where she teaches international law and international human rights law. She was Director for Human Rights Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of Cooperation and International Affairs at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina. She was appointed as an Independent Expert by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to examine the human rights situation in Guatemala (1993-97) and in Chad (2004-05). She has appeared before several human rights bodies and tribunals, and before arbitral tribunals both as an attorney and as an expert. She is currently a Commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights at the United Nations. She has been visiting professor at Columbia Law School, the University of Paris (I and II), the University of Rouen and The Hague Academy of International Law. She has published extensively in the fields of human rights and international law.
Judge Burgess is a Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of Barbados. 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 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.