Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Judge Marilyn Kaman Elected to UN Dispute Tribunal

United Nations Flag Judge Marilyn J. Kaman of Minnesota is theKaman, Marilyn Publications Officer of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.  In November 2002 Judge Kaman was one of the first four American jurists to be selected by the United Nations to serve as an international judge abroad for that organization. Judge Kaman's mission assignment was in Kosovo (Serbia-Montenegro) and involved hearing cases of war crimes, organized crime, ethnically-motivated disputes and trafficking of human beings. Judge Kaman returned to her judicial duties from her unpaid leave of absence in July 2003.

On June 18, 2010, Judge Kaman was elected by the U.N General Assembly to a one-year term as an ad litem judge of the U.N. Dispute Tribunal, a in-house body created within the United Nations in 2007 to strengthen the U.N. system of dealing with internal grievances and disciplinary cases. 

She joins Jean-Francois Cousin of France and Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako of Nigeria on the Tribunal.  Their terms of office were extended by one year at an earlier meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.  All of their one-year terms begin on July 1, 2010.

The General Assembly decided to appoint the three judges for a one-year term to address a backlog of cases being transferred from the old system to the new U.N. Dispute Tribunal.  Click here to read more about Judge Kaman's election.

Congratulations to Judge Kaman on her election. 


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