Amendments to the Statute of the Tribunal

On June 18, 2009, the Board of Governors adopted a resolution that, pursuant to Article XVI of the Statute of the Tribunal, amended the Statute. The amendments further enhance the effectiveness and independence of the Tribunal. These amendments, which a part of a wider ongoing reform of the Bank’s internal justice system as a whole, originated in a number of assessments commissioned by the Bank’s management, and have been evaluated and developed in consultation with the World Bank Group Staff Association.

Three new provisions have been added to the Statute. One states explicitly that the Tribunal functions independently of the management of the Bank Group. Another provision confirms that members of the Tribunal enjoy the same immunities enjoyed by Bank staff with respect to their judicial functions. The third provision confirms that the Tribunal shall prepare and manage its budget independently.

For the text of the amendments, see the Tribunal’s Statute.