Bretton Woods Law International Organisations Law

Our unique understanding of this complex area of law comes from having represented international civil servants and international organisations around the globe. Bretton Woods Law has unrivalled experience of the employment issues that face international civil servants working in international organisations. Such organisations enjoy a number of privileges and immunities that place them outside of the domestic laws of their member states. As such, employees do not have access to the same employment laws, courts and tribunals they would in national jurisdictions. Lawyers at BWL have appeared before most international administrative tribunals, including the World Bank Administrative Tribunal (‘WBAT’), the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (‘CSAT’) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (‘UNAT’).

From Tribunal advocacy (both first instance and appellate) to expert legal advice and redesigning the internal law of international organisations, each case is different. All the lawyers at BWL are well-versed in identifying the most suitable strategies for any given client



Our global experience of acting for staff members, staff associations and institutions within the employment law of the international organisations puts us in a privileged position to be able to provide considered, insightful advice and guidance, whether in respect of specific cases or questions or of bigger projects such as the review and redesign of internal justice and disciplinary systems.

We are also able to impart our knowledge by providing tailored training packages on various aspects of international administrative law to the Staff Unions, Associations and Councils of international organisations. Training can be provided by a Bretton Woods Law lawyer in-house or in one of Bretton Woods Law’s offices. Training courses range from an introduction to international administrative law as the employment law of international organisations, to how to litigate effectively within the internal justice mechanisms adopted by the organisations (e.g., effective drafting and advocacy skills), through to strategies on how to change and improve the internal justice mechanisms imposed by those organisations. The depth of knowledge of Bretton Woods Law lawyers enables us to provide training solutions on any matter that touches the employment relationship between the international organisation and the international civil servants that they employ.

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Where We Operate

Representation for international organisations all over the world

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