03/05/2018

The ECHR in practice denying staff of IO's fundamental rights

Position of ECHR President Guido Raimondi on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on international Civil Service law.

  • The originally written French-language text of the speech is available here.

  • The English translation of the speech is available here.

The originally written French text as well as the English translation are both in .pdf format.

30/04/2018

[MSUILR] Revisiting the legal basis to deny international civil servants access to a fundamental right

Author: Mr. Robin Silverstein
Publication Date: 2017
 
This paper focuses on the tensions between the privileges and immunities of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and the human rights of IGO staff members, and, more specifically, on the consistency of IGO internal justice systems (IJSs) with the human right to a fair hearing. As some of the more established IGOs enter their seventh decade of existence, more attention is being paid to deficiencies in their IJSs.
 
IGO staff members are required to first litigate staff grievances through an IJS before seeking relief before domestic courts. IGOs are immune from suits in domestic courts, so such courts will typically decline to exercise jurisdiction. This leaves IGO staff members in the lurch.
 
This paper tracks the development of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations (UN) IJSs. It assesses the consistency of these two IJSs with European court jurisprudence on the right to a fair trial. The paper concludes that WTO and UN IGO staff members are effectively being deprived of their right to have their civil rights and obligations determined before an independent and impartial tribunal. It concludes with a call for domestic courts, states and civil society to join together to pressure IGOs to bring their IJSs into conformity with the contours of the human right to a fair hearing.

  • A link to the Michigan State University College of Law - International Law Review (MSUILR) can be found here.

  • A link to Mr. Robin Silverstein's online publication can be found here.

  • A .pdf version of Mr. Robin Silverstein's publication is available here.

12/04/2018

April 2018 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in April 2018 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:
 

  • "On Ice And On Edge" (Juve.de, 01-03-2018). JUVE nr 03 April 2018 - Article on the EPO with an interesting survey - see page 7 to 12. The English .pdf version of page 7 to 12 is available here. The French translation of the .pdf version p.7 to p.12 is available here.
     

Other press articles published related to Work/Labour - UPC - Unitary Patent - ILOAT ect.,

04/04/2018

March 2018 press articles


This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in March 2018 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:

Other press articles published related to Work/Labour - UPC - Unitary Patent - ILOAT ect.,

29/03/2018

[Sénateur Jean-Yves Leconte] Respect des principes de la charte sociale européenne

Question parlementaire avec demande de réponse écrite du Premier ministre posée au Sénat Français par Monsieur Jean-Yves Leconte, Sénateur FR représentant les Français établis hors de France concernant le respect des principes de la charte sociale européenne.
 


 

 

  • Respecting the principles of the European social charter

    Addressed to the Prime Minister has been forwarded to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
    Published on: 15/03/2018
    English translation available, here.

 

  • Einhaltung der Prinzipien der Europäischen Sozialcharta

    gerichtet an den Herrn Premierminister, wurde an den Herrn Minister für Europa und ausländische Angelegenheiten übergeben.
    Veröffentlicht am: 15.03.2018
    German translation available, here.

 

27/03/2018

[FICSA] Executive report following the 71th session of the FICSA Council mentions the social situation at EPO again

FICSA, the Federation of International Civil Servants' Association is a federated group of 29 staff associations/unions from organizations belonging to the United Nations common system. Eighteen staff associations/unions outside the common system have associate status. Fifteen staff associations/unions are consultative members and 22 Federations of United Nations Staff Associations (FUNSA) are observers.

The Federation of International Civil Servants' Association (FICSA) mentions anew the worrisome situation at the European Patent Office.

Report of the Executive Committee to the 71st session of the FICSA Council

  • ExCom Report 2018 - See in particular § 56 to 59 (starting page 16/53). French translation of § 56 to 59 available here.



FICSA secretariat, Palais des Nations
Office Dep. 201, CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel.  (41)  (0) 22 917 3150
Fax.  (41) (0) 22 917 0660
Email:
ficsa@unog.ch
Web:  http://www.ficsa.org
 

18/03/2018

[Rina Ronja Kari] Question to EU Commission by DK MEP Mrs Rina Ronja Kari on the worrying social situation at EPO

Working conditions at the European Patent Office

Working conditions at the European Patent Office (EPO) have been the subject of persistent criticism for years now. For more information, read here (French translation of the QP, see here).

Visit Mrs Rina Ronja Kari's official website at the European Parliament here (to view the Q & A scroll down to Parliamentary Questions).


14/03/2018

DEMONSTRATION Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 12:30h Isar building


SUEPO Munich calls for a demonstration on the first day of the upcoming meeting of the Administrative Council on Wednesday 21 March at 12:30h in front of the Isar building. The aim of the demonstration is to appeal to the Council not to accept proposed changes in the working conditions that will hamper the ability of the Office to recruit the highly qualified staff it needs.

09/03/2018

Bavarian Parliament to discuss motion from the "Freie Wähler" in next session held on 13 March 2018, at 12.30h

In its next session on 13 March 2018, starting at 12.30h, the EU Committee of the Bavarian Parliament will discuss a motion from the "Freie Wähler" that calls upon the German government to use its influence at national and European level to ensure the independence of the EPO Boards of Appeal.

Read more, here. (link to motion)

Your SUEPO Munich committee

link to motion (previous announcement on our website):
https://suepo.org

06/03/2018

[USF] Letter from USF President to ALL 38 Delegations of the EPO Administrative Council, to Mr Campinos and to the EU Commission

Letter from USF President to ALL 38 EPO Delegations

  • The original USF letter .pdf version in English is available here.

  • The original USF letter .pdf version in French is available here.

 

See News Ticker USF Website



 

Shocking events around social policy and rule of law issues at the EPO

[extract from the USF LETTER to ALL 38 EPO DELEGATIONS]

USF is the largest Federation of unions in the European international public service and has been following with great concern the situation at the European Patent Office (EPO) which deserves to be labelled as extreme. A number of shocking events around social policy and rule of law issues at the EPO were reported upon in various media over the last few years. These reports also reveal fundamental flaws in the institutional setup of the EPO taken in combination with its assigned jurisdiction, the ILOAT.