Established in 1991, the ADB Administrative Tribunal is an independent judicial body created to hear and pass judgment upon any application by which an individual member of the staff of the Bank alleges non-observance of the contract of employment or terms of appointment. It is composed of five judges, all of whom are nationals of ADB members.
Mr. Shin-ichi Ago (Japan)
President, ADB Administrative Tribunal; Professor and Director, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University; Professor Emeritus, former Law Dean, and Vice-President at Kyushu University, Member of the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
Ms. Anne Trebilcock (United States)
Vice-President, ADB Administrative Tribunal; Vice-President, GAVI Alliance Appeals Tribunal; on-call arbitrator, International Development Law Organization; former Legal Adviser, International Labour Organization; associated with the Labour Law Institute, Georg-August University, Göttingen.
Mr. Chris de Cooker (The Netherlands)
President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Administrative Tribunal; Member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Administrative Tribunal; Judge of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Administrative Tribunal; Judge of the GAVI Appeals Tribunal; Chairman of the Global Fund Appeal Board (2016-2020); Chairman of the Appeal Board of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures; Mediator at the ITER Organization; author of legal publications and reports.
Mr. Raul Pangalangan (Philippines)
Judge, International Criminal Court; former Dean and Professor of Law, University of the Philippines College of Law; former Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; former Lecturer, The Hague Academy of International Law.
Ms. Silvia Cartwright (New Zealand)
Member, Executive Committee of International Commission of Jurists; Former Governor-General of New Zealand; former Judge, High Court of New Zealand and Trial Chamber, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; former Chief Judge, District Courts of New Zealand; Fellow, Hastings Institute.
Cesar L. Villanueva, Executive Secretary
Attorney Villanueva, a national of the Philippines, 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, Senior Attorney to the Administrative Tribunal
Ms. Griffiths, a national of Australia, joined the ADBAT 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.
Filemon Ray Javier, Legal Assistant to the Administrative Tribunal
Mr. Javier, a national of the Philippines, joined the ADBAT Secretariat in 2019. He is a Founding Partner at Tolosa Javier Lim & Chua Law Firm, in which he focuses in Labor, Civil, and Criminal Litigation. He is also a professor of law and a Philippine bar examination reviewer in Labor and Employment laws.