Administrative Tribunal

ADB Board of Directors established the Administrative Tribunal in 1991 as an external mechanism to review personnel decisions by Management.

Composition of the Tribunal

The ADB Administrative Tribunal is composed of five judges, who are all nationals of member countries of ADB.

The Tribunal elected Judge Lakshmi Swaminathan as President and Professor Roy Lewis as Vice-President on the occasion of the 35th session held in Manila on 10-12 February 2014.

The current members of the Tribunal are:

Ms. Lakshmi Swaminathan

Former Vice-Chairman (Judicial) of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi Former Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India

Mr. Roy Lewis

President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and former Chair of the Grievance Committee and former President of the Administrative Tribunal of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Ms. Gillian Triggs

Current President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Mr. Shin-ichi Ago

Professor of Law, Ritsumeikan University, Professor Emeritus, former Law Dean and Vice-President at Kyushu University.

Ms. Anne Trebilcock

Chair of the Grievance Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Former ILO Legal Adviser; lecturer, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; author.

Tribunal Secretariat

Cesar L. Villanueva, Executive Secretary

Attorney Villanueva is a senior partner in the law firm of Villanueva, Gabionza & De Santos in Manila, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Makati Medical Center, the Clark Electric Distribution Corporation, and the Clark International Airport Corporation. He is currently the Dean of the Ateneo de Manila Law School, and a professorial lecturer in corporation law; agency, trusts, partnerships and joint ventures; and, law on sales.

Christine Griffiths, Assistant to the Administrative Tribunal

Ms. Griffiths, a national of Australia, has worked with the ADBT Secretariat since 2003. Prior to joining ADB, she worked in the International Organisations and Legal Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as an insurance litigation lawyer at Gadens Ridgeway Solicitors.