NATO Administrative Tribunal

  • Last updated: 09 Mar. 2023 09:53

The Administrative Tribunal (AT) is an independent body. It is competent to decide any individual dispute brought by a staff member or a member of the retired North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) staff or his or her legal successor, who is affected by a decision, which is allegedly not in compliance with the Civilian Personnel Regulations or the terms of his appointment with the Organization.

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  • NATO’s dispute resolution system has its legal basis within the Agreement on the Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, National Representatives and International Staff, done at Ottawa on 20 September 1951, in particular its Article XXIV, and ratified by all member states. 
  • The NATO Appeals Board, the predecessor of the AT, was created in 1965 and remained operational under the same legal framework for over 40 years.
  • In 2011 the North Atlantic Council (NAC) decided to conduct a thorough review of its dispute resolution system in view of its modernisation. 
  • On 23 January 2013, the NAC approved amendments to its Civilian Personnel Regulations and established, inter alia, with effect from 1 July 2013, the Administrative Tribunal (AT) of NATO.  
  • The AT is composed of five members of different NATO nationalities who are appointed by the NAC.
  • The AT generally conducts oral hearings and renders binding judgments. 
  • The AT is served by a Registrar office whose personnel are in the discharge of his/her duties responsible only to the Tribunal. 

  • Schedule of sessions

    The next sessions of the Tribunal will be held at NATO Headquarters on 16-17 March 2023.

    Staff members, or retired NATO staff, or members of a Delegation of a NATO member state holding the appropriate security clearance, and who are interested in attending a hearing, should consult the “Guidelines for attendance to the NATO Administrative Tribunal’s hearings” under “Practical information” or send an e-mail to: for further information and assistance.