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Advisory, Advocacy and Representation Services for Lawyers at

International Organizations

International Organizations enjoy special privileges which give them immunity from national employment laws. The laws of the international civil service (also known as International Administrative Law) are essentially the employment law of the international organizations. Examples of cases which might fall within this area of law are:

  • Harassment and bullying (also known as 'mobbing')

  • Unfair dismissal

  • Constructive dismissal

  • Discrimination

  • Issues relating to recruitment, retention and promotion

  • Disciplinary Proceedings

  • Mutually Agreed Separations

Disputes arising from the laws of the international civil service demand specialist legal counsel. ​Jordan Howells provides expert advice, advocacy and representation in this technical area of law and he is able to draw upon extensive experience and perspective gained when acting both for international civil servants on the one hand and International Organizations on the other.

Advocacy may, of course, take the form of written pleadings or oral hearings; often it is a combination of both. Instructing Jordan to represent your Organization gives you access to a specialist trial advocate with carefully honed skills and years of experience of the law of the international civil service, to provide the insight and understanding necessary for effective advocacy in this highly nuanced practice area.

Litigation brings risk and it has the potential not only to cause reputation damage, but also to set precedent within an organization. In the right circumstances, it is often possible to achieve favourable results without matters going before a tribunal. Jordan can provide you with guidance, support and representation both in mediations and in negotiations aimed at achieving 'mutually agreed separations' with a view to mitigating the risks associated with litigation.



Obtaining advice and strategic guidance in the early stages of an employment dispute is essential not only to avoiding litigation, but also to crafting it as effectively and efficiently as possible. Decisions taken in the early stages of a case can have significant and lasting effects.

Having acted for international organizations - including as standing counsel defending cases brought against an international organization - and against them, Jordan is well-placed to advise lawyers at international organizations, and to provide insight and guidance based on the practical realities of trial litigation, as well as the strict letter of the law. Advice is given with a holistic view of an organization's needs and the risks in mind.



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