Lakshmi Swaminathan has been elected president of Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for three years.

“The Tribunal elected Judge Lakshmi Swaminathan as President and Professor Roy Lewis as Vice-President on the occasion of the 35th session held in Manila...,” ADB said.

Swaminathan is the seventh president of the Tribunal. She is the first Indian to become the president of the Tribunal.

Of the previous six presidents, two had been from the US, two from Philippines, one from Sri Lanka and one from the UK.

She was appointed as member of the Tribunal in 2010 and has been its acting president since August 2013.

ADB board of directors established the Administrative Tribunal in 1991 as an external mechanism to review personnel decisions by Management.

The other judges of this Tribunal are from the UK, Australia, the US and Japan.

Manila headquartered ADB consists of 64 member countries, including India.

Swaminathan is jurist in administrative law and was the vice chairman of the Principal Bench at Delhi of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

She has worked in Ministry of Law & Justice for over 20 years. She was legal adviser for several ministries and departments.

Currently, she is member of the Panel of Arbitrators of several public sector undertakings and NSE.