Professor Edith Brown Weiss Appointed IMF Administrative Tribunal Judge

February 13, 2012 —

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown University Law Center Professor Edith Brown Weiss has been appointed to a four-year term as a judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund.

Formally established in 1994, the Tribunal is as an independent judicial forum of five judges who decide on employment disputes between the IMF and its staff members. It has the authority to review and rule on the legality of individual decisions made with respect to staff members. It also has the authority to review regulatory decisions made by the board of executive directors or management concerning the terms and conditions of employment and to pronounce on their legality. Decisions are final and binding. The Tribunal meets on an as needed basis.

Brown Weiss, who joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1978, is the Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a professor at Princeton University. In 2002, Brown Weiss was appointed to the three-member independent Inspection Panel of the World Bank. She served as chairperson of the panel from 2003-2007, a vice-presidential level appointment. The panel responds to the concerns of those affected by Bank projects and programs and through detailed investigations works to ensure that the Bank adheres to its policies and procedures during the design, preparation and implementation phases.

Brown Weiss served as president of the American Society of International Law and as associate general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she established the Division of International Law. She served on the board of directors of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the advisory council of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the council of advisors to the Cousteau Society. She has also been a special legal adviser to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation and served on the National Academy of Sciences Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources. She is a member of nine scholarly international editorial boards, including the American Journal of International Law and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Brown Weiss has published numerous books on international and environmental law. She is the co-author of Fresh Water and International Economic Law (2005), Reconciling Environment and Trade (2001, 2008), Engaging Countries: Strengthening Compliance with International Environmental Accords (1998) and International Environmental Law and Policy (1998, 2007). She is the author of The Evolution of International Water Law (2009), which was published by the Hague Academy of International Law, and In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity (1989), which has been translated into French, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese, and received the Certificate of Merit Award from the American Society of International Law in 1990 for pre-eminent contribution to creative scholarship.

Brown Weiss received the Manley O. Hudson Medal from the American Society of International Law in 2010, the International Environmental Law Award from the Center for International Environmental Law in 2008, the ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2003, the Prominent Women in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law in 1996 and the Elizabeth Haub Prize for international environmental law from the Free University of Brussels and the International Council of Environmental Law in 1994.