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Canada’s Kanwaldeep Sandhu Appointed as UN Appeals Tribunal Judge

Canada’s Kanwaldeep Sandhu Appointed as UN Appeals Tribunal Judge

ABBOTSFORD: The UN General Assembly has elected Canada’s Kanwaldeep Sandhu as a judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.

Adding a feather in her cap, Kanwaldeep (Simmi) Kaur Sandhu becomes the first Punjabi women to achieve this milestone.

Justice Kanwaldeep Sandhu is among seven new Appeals Tribunal Judges, appointed by the General Assembly.

The newly appointed seven-member Justice Tribunal includes:

1.    Sabine Knierim, President (Germany)

2.    Martha Halfeld Furtado de Mendonça Schmidt, First Vice-President (Brazil)

3.    Graeme Colgan, Second Vice-President (New Zealand)

4.    John Raymond Murphy, Judge (South Africa)

5.    Dimitrios Raikos, Judge (Greece)

6.    Jean-François Neven, Judge (Belgium)

7.    Kanwaldeep Sandhu, Judge (Canada)

The newly appointed seven-member Justice Tribunal includes:

Kanwaldeep Kaur is the wife of Sukhi Sandhu, who is a social worker and political analyst from Manuke Village in Jagraon Tehsil in Ludhiana District of Punjab State.

Simmi (Kanwaldeep) Sandhu is currently the Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board of B.C. in Canada. She was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Board from 2001 to 2015 after which she was appointed as Acting Chair and now Chair and CEO of the Board.

Sandhu is also Vice-Chair of the Surface Rights Board of B.C. In 2018, she was appointed Judge of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal commencing her term in 2019.

Earlier, Justice Kamaljit Singh Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was elected by the UN General Assembly as Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) on 2nd March 2009.


The United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) was established by the General Assembly in 2009, as part of the new UN internal justice system. As the second level appellate review tribunal within the internal justice system, UNAT reviews, within its specific jurisdiction, appeals against judgments rendered by the UN Dispute Tribunal, the Dispute Tribunal of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as appeals of decisions taken by the Standing Committee acting on behalf of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board (UNJSPB), and by those organizations, agencies and entities that accepted UNAT’s jurisdiction.

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