Administrative Tribunal of the European Stability Mechanism (ESMAT)

The Administrative Tribunal of the ESM is an independent body that hears and passes judgment on staff employment matters within its competence as defined by its Statute, which was adopted by the Board of Directors of the ESM on 29 October 2013 and amended on 12 May 2016. The Tribunal is composed of 5 members, including a President and a Vice-President.

On 4 December 2014, the ESMAT has established, pursuant to Article 5(1) of the Statute, the Rules of Procedure.

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Composition of the Tribunal

Virginia Melgar

Graduated in law from the University of Paris (Paris II Assas), (1981); graduated in Criminal Sciences from the Institute of Criminology Paris (1980); Judge in France (1982); Public Prosecutor at the Versailles Court of First Instance ( 1984-1986); Magistrate at the Ministry of Justice Criminal division (1986-1991); seconded national expert at the Legal Service of the European Commission (1991-1994); Lawyer at the Legal Service of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) Alicante (1995-2001); Deputy Director of the General Affairs and External Relations Department of OHIM (2001-2004); examiner of trade marks at the Trade Marks Department of OHIM (2004-2006); Principal Director Legal Affairs at the European Patent Office Munich (2006-2011); Lawyer at the cancellation and litigation department of OHIM (2011-2012); Lawyer at the Litigation Department of OHIM (2012 to 2015); Member of the 5th Board of Appeal of OHIM (since 2015); Professor at the Magister Lucentinus (master in Industrial property) at the University of Alicante (1995-2001); Member and President of the ESM Administrative Tribunal since 2014.

Haris Tagaras

Law graduate (University of Thessaloniki, 1977); Masters in European Law (Licence spéciale en droit européen, Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels, 1980); Doctorate in Law (University of Thessaloniki, 1984); Lawyer-linguist at the Council of the European Communities (1980-82); Researcher at the Thessaloniki Centre for International and European Economic Law (1982-84); Administrator at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and at the Commission of the European Communities (1986-90); Professor of Community Law, International Private Law and Human Rights at Athens Panteion University (since 1990); external consultant for European matters at the Ministry of Justice and member of the Permanent Committee of the Lugano Convention (1991-2004); member of the National Competition Commission (1999-2005) and of the National Postal and Telecommunications Commission (2000-02); member of the Thessaloniki Bar (since March 1980), lawyer to the Court of Cassation; founding member of the Union of European Lawyers (UAE, 1986); associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law; Judge at the European Union Civil Service Tribunal (October 2005 to October 2011) and President of its 2nd Chambers (October 2009 to October 2011); member of the Luxembourg Bar, authorised to exercise under the title of origin, Dikigoros, since December 2012; founding member of the Association of Former Judges of the EC/EU Courts and secretary/treasurer of its first governing board; Member and Vice-President of the ESM Administrative Tribunal since 2014.

Julian Currall

Law degree Oxford 1973. Bar of England and Wales 1974-1976. UK Government Legal Service 1976-1980. European Commission since 1980. European Commission Legal Service 1983-to date – free movement of goods, social affairs and free movement of workers, competition law and since 1994, staff law. Agent in over 1000 cases in all three Union courts. Principal Legal Adviser, in charge of European Civil Service Law team of Legal Service, since 2010. Shortlisted by panel of experts for appointment as member of European Civil Service Tribunal, 2005. Visiting Professor, Fordham University, New York, 1993. Occasional lecturer, Université Libre de Bruxelles 1988-2010 (equal pay; Union social law); regular seminars on European Union staff law for EIPA, Maastricht and ERA, Trier and for Union agencies. Numerous publications in various areas of Union law. Member of the ESM Administrative Tribunal since 2014.

Celia Goldman

Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (University of Pennsylvania, 1983); Juris Doctor (Yale University, 1986), Editor and Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal (1984-1986); Member of the Bar (District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania); Law Clerk to Judge Theodore R. Newman, Jr., District of Columbia Court of Appeals (1986-1987); private practice of law, Washington, D.C. (1988-1992); International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (Counsel, 1996-1999; Registrar, since 2000; and Senior Legal Advisor, since 2008); numerous presentations and publications on international civil service law; Symposium on “The Future of International Administrative Law: Harmonization? Fragmentation? Dialogue?” commemorating 20th anniversary of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (April 2014). Member of the ESM Administrative Tribunal since 2014.

Gerhard Ullrich

Law studies at the Universities of Munich, Lausanne, Geneva and Saarbrücken; 1967 Doctor of Laws; 1970 to 1977 Representing the German Government in various international Conferences at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and at the Interim Bodies for the establishment of the European Patent Organisation; 1977 to 2005 Chief General Legal Counsel of the European Patent Organisation; since 2005 Attorney admitted to the Munich Bar; 2010 to 2012 Vice President of the Appeals Committee of the Council of the European Patent Organisation; Member of the ESM Administrative Tribunal since 2014.


Pursuant to Article 4(1) of the Rules of Procedure, the President of the ESMAT acts as the Registrar and is hereby supported by the EFTA Court's Registry. The e-mail address of the Registrar pursuant to Article 26(1) of the Rules of Procedure is . The mailing address of the Registrar pursuant to Article 26(2) of the Rules of Procedure is ESMAT Registry c/o EFTA Court Registry, 1 rue du Fort Thüngen, L-1499 Luxembourg.

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