Two Caribbean nationals have been elected to serve as “half-time” judges on the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT)
Justices Francis Belle of Barbados and Justice Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell of Trinidad and Tobago, will serve their seven year terms of office on rotation in New York, Geneva, and Kenya.
Four judges were elected by secret ballot on July 10 with justices from Malawi and Uganda being the others.
They will serve on one of two entities — the other being the United Nations Appeals Tribunal — that comprise the Organisation’s system of the administration of justice for employment-related disputes. Half-time judges on the Dispute Tribunal are deployed up to a cumulative period of six months per year, as decided by the President based on the caseload and any judicial absences affecting the work of the Tribunal.
A total of 325 applications were received globally, 51 of which came from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Justice Belle has served as a High Court judge for over 15-years and his judicial experience spans adjudication of criminal and civil matters, including Administrative and Employment Law actions.
Justice Belle served as resident judge in Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua and Dominica. He is also the visiting judge in Anguilla and Montserrat with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and periodically serves as acting Court of Appeal Judge with the ECSC and acting judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court.
Justice Donaldson-Honeywell currently serves as a Puisne Judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, presiding in Civil matters since 2015. She has also served as a Judicial Officer at the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago for several years and has held office as Solicitor General in the Ministry of the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago.
She has enjoyed an extensive and varied legal practice as an attorney and Judicial Officer in Jamaica; presiding in criminal trials and Preliminary Inquiries as a resident Magistrate. She also served as Director of Legal Services and Enforcement at the Securities Commission.