Advisory Committee on Disputes

Established in the framework of Article 59, paras 5, 6 and 7, of the Council of Europe Staff Regulations
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Presentation prepared by the Advisory Committee on Disputes

When staff members of the Council of Europe file an administrative complaint with the Secretary General, they may request him or her to refer it for the preliminary opinion of the Advisory Committee on Disputes. The Secretary General may also do so at his/her own initiative.

Staff members of the Council of Europe Development Bank may do the same when they file an application with the Governor of the Bank. The Governor may also refer the administrative complaint to the Committee at his/her own initiative.

The task of the Advisory Committee on Disputes is to issue an entirely independent and reasoned opinion on the administrative complaints referred to it. This is not a court of first instance. Its opinions, which do not bind the Secretary General, may relate both to the lawfulness of the contested acts and to their expediency and it may propose settlements based on considerations of equity.

The Committee is made up of two members and two substitutes elected by the staff for two years and the same number of members and substitutes appointed by the Secretary General for the same term. It also includes a member appointed by the Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank and a member elected by the Bank’s staff, both of whom sit when a case relating to the Bank is referred to it.

COMPOSITION OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DISPUTES (1st July 2015-30 June 2017)

Chair
: Mr Stephanos Stavros

Members appointed by the Secretary General
Titular members
:
Mr Wolfgang Rau*
Mr Stephanos Stavros

Substitute members:
Ms Françoise Elens-Passos
Ms Clare Ovey

Co-secretaries: Ms Pamela McCormick and Mr Dmytro Tretyakov
Secretariat assistance: Ms Regina Letelie



Members elected by the staff

Titular members:
Mr Gaël Martin-Micallef
Mr Yves Winisdoerffer

Substitute members:
Ms Ana Rusu
Mr Jan Malinowski
* Retired as from 1 August 2016 and replaced by his substitute, Ms Françoise ELENS-PASSOS, for the unexpired portion of his term of office pursuant to Article 2 §3 of Rule No. 1062 of 1 June 2001 establishing the rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee on Disputes.

The two members in respect of the Development Bank are Ms Emilia di Matteo (elected by the staff) and Mr Felix Schieferdecker (appointed by the Governor).

Reference Texts

Article 59 of the Staff Regulations
Rule No. 1062 of 1 June 2001 establishing the rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee on Disputes
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