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Saturday 16 December 2017

Trini-born judge Thomas-Felix is UN judge

DEBORAH Thomas-Felix, President of the Industrial Court, was sworn in as a Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, last Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Congratulating her, Ban said, “We are grateful for your acceptance of this appointment and for taking on the challenges of this very important function within the internal justice system at the United Nations”.

Thomas-Felix in turn thanked the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the UN General Assembly, the UN Internal Justice Council, and family and friends for the confidence reposed in her.

“I feel honoured and humbled to have become a part of a global body whose relevance is of greater importance today in a rapidly changing technological world,” she said. Thomas-Felix said the world is now one community with the capacity to positively or negatively impact each other’s lives. “I view the work of UNAT as critical to ensuring that the administrative process of the United Nations operates with efficacy to effectively allow it to execute its global mandate,” she added.

Those at the ceremony included other Judges of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, His Excellency Eden Charles of TT’s Permanent Mission to the UN, and close family and friends. Thomas-Felix who was appointed a Judge of UNAT on December 10, 2014 is currently sitting on appeal cases for the next two weeks in New York, after which she will resume her duties as President of the Industrial Court.


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