International Civil Service

The international civil service offers great careers. If you run into difficulties, however, it can be frightening. It is you against the organization, and the organization has its own court.

Having experienced specialist counsel is critical when your career or benefits are on the line. The Law Offices of Peter C. Hansen, LLC offers a free initial consultation, and also offers discounted rates to staff association members.

The Law Offices has represented a large number of staff at multiple international organizations across a range of matters, including:

  • Benefits
  • Career mismanagement
  • Departure terms
  • Disability
  • Discrimination (disability, national origin, race/color, sex, sexual orientation)
  • Dismissal
  • Domestic employees (G5 visa)
  • Due process
  • Ethics and misconduct investigations
  • Harassment
  • Non-selection for position
  • Pension
  • Performance evaluation
  • Promotion
  • Proportionality of punishment
  • Redundancy
  • Reinstatement
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Taxation of income
  • Timely filing of claims
  • Visa status (G4)
  • Workers’ compensation

The Law Offices has litigated in the dispute-resolution systems of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization of American States (OAS), Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), and World Bank. The Law Offices also provides discreet negotiation services that aim to resolve disputes (including misconduct investigations) quietly.

Notable Law Office wins include the first proven case of racial discrimination at the World Bank, reinstatement after misconduct (World Bank), and securing the largest individual award in the history of international civil-service law (valued at over $1.58 million), plus combined full pension and full disability benefits going forward, for a staff member mentally injured by the Haitian earthquake (IMF).

The Law Offices works in both English and French, and has experience with bilingual English-Spanish staff cases.

To discuss your case with the Law Offices in confidence, please contact Peter C. Hansen at or at (202) 349-3780.


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