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 nationals from ADB's members. The current members of the Tribunal are:
Ms. Lakshmi Swaminathan (India)
President, ADB Administrative Tribunal; Former Vice-Chairman (Judicial) of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench (New Delhi); Former Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Ministry of Law and Justice (Government of India)
Ms. Gillian Triggs (Australia)
Vice-President, ADB Administrative Tribunal; Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne; Chair, Board of Justice Connect; former President, Australian Human Rights Commission; former Barrister, Seven Wentworth Chambers; former Dean and Challis Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney
Mr. Shin-ichi Ago (Japan)
Professor of Law, Ritsumeikan University; Professor Emeritus, former Law Dean, and Vice-President at Kyushu University
Ms. Anne Trebilcock (United States)
Chair, Appeals Commission, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; former Chair of the Grievance Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); former Legal Adviser, International Labour Organization (Geneva); author; associated with the Labour Law Institute, Georg-August University, Göttingen; lecturer, United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
Mr. Chris De Cooker (The Netherlands)
President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Administrative Tribunal; Chairman of the Global Fund Appeal Board; frequent adviser on internal justice systems to EBRD, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Bank, and World Health Organization, among others; author, legal publications and reports.
Cesar L. Villanueva, Executive Secretary
Attorney Cesar L. Villanueva is the Founding Partner of Villanueva Gabionza & Dy law firm; former Chairman of Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GCG); Professor and former Dean of the Ateneo de Manila Law School; former Chairman, Commercial Law Department of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court; former Member of the Governing Board of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education; author of legal books and articles, mainly on corporate law and governance, and commercial law.
Christine Griffiths, Attorney to the Administrative Tribunal
Ms. Griffiths, a national of Australia, joined the ADBT Secretariat in 2003. Prior to joining ADB, she spent several years in practice as a commercial litigation lawyer with Gadens Ridgeway Solicitors and as a lawyer advising the Australian Government on international law issues.