Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020. 8:24 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Senior Counsel and member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Administrative Tribunal based in Washington, Lisa Shoman, has confirmed she has been elected president of the body for the year 2020-2021, effective July 1, 2020.
Shoman was first appointed in 2017 and succeeds Argentine, Monica Pinto. She told us, “I’m the youngest judge at the Tribunal and it is truly an honor to be chosen by my seniors to preside in what is the midpoint of my term.”
The former Senator, Government Minister and diplomat, according to the IDB website, will now “represent the Administrative Tribunal in all institutional matters and preside over its meetings. When the Administrative Tribunal is not in session, the President of the Tribunal or the presiding member of a panel will decide all issues that may arise in processing a case (Article 4(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Tribunal).”
As President, Shoman says she also is responsible to ensure that the Tribunal establishes a work plan for the year in coordination with the Secretariat and that it is carried out.
The tribunal is an internal one, designed to settle disputes between the Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IAIC) with staff members as to their employment.
The seven-member board is appointed from members of the IDB, but no country is entitled to more than one member. They must be persons of recognized professional competence and integrity who have the necessary qualifications to occupy a similar position in the highest judicial courts of their countries or who are jurisconsults of recognized competence.
According to Shoman, “This June three distinguished colleagues retire from the IDBAT and it is my honor and responsibility to welcome 3 new judges and ensure that they have a smooth onboarding and integration process.”
The most recent panel of judges on the tribunal, including Pinto and Shoman, features representatives from Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and the United States, while the executive secretary appointed in 2016 hails from Italy.
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