Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitrary TribunalIOCR

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : About the tribunal


  • Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court turned down an offer from the government to nominate him to the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitrary Tribunal (CSAT).

Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitrary Tribunal

  • The CSAT was established to meet the requirements of the Agreed Memorandum on the Commonwealth Secretariat (1964) in London.
  • It resolves disputes of the Commonwealth organisations, international or intergovernmental.
  • The Tribunal entertains only such cases in which organisations agree to surrender to its jurisdiction.
  • The statute of the CSAT, which was adopted first by Commonwealth governments in 1995, requires the eight-member CSAT to comprise Commonwealth nationals of “high moral character”,
  • They should have held “high judicial office in a Commonwealth country” or jurists of recognised competence with not less than 10 years’ experience.
  • Their tenure is four years with room for one additional term.

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