Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.)

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Judge Chapman (Ret.) is the only American serving on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), which meets part-time to hear appeals by United Nations staff members of wide-ranging management decisions, as well as appeals by the Secretary General, who represents management. These appeals often raise complicated issues of international administrative law, employment and labor law, and human rights law, as applied to the diverse, multi-cultural United Nations.

Prior to being appointed to UNAT by the General Assembly, Judge Chapman served for sixteen years as Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (the greater Los Angeles area). As such, she had considerable international dispute resolution experience in complex business litigation involving foreign airlines and intellectual property matters (trademark, trade secrets, copyright, and patent). She also has decided actions requiring the interpretation of treaty provisions in the context of extradition proceedings and prisoner exchanges. Additionally, Judge Chapman has been a certified labor arbitrator and a lecturer on the UCLA School of Law faculty.

Representative Matters
  • Action against foreign insurance company in damage to cargo in loading onto ocean carrier
  • Action for breach of contract and unfair business practices
  • Breach of contract action against China-based company
  • Breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets action
  • Breach of contract actions related to construction industry
  • Matters related to breach of employment contracts
  • Breach of insurance contract claim against life insurance company
  • Action by cargo co-signee against international ocean carrier
  • Investors’ securities fraud class action against pharmaceutical company and individual officers
  • Shipper’s action against land carrier for breach of contract
  • Investors’ bond fraud litigation
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) actions
  • Declaratory action by commercial general liability insurance carrier against insured retailer seeking exclusion for employment-related practices
  • Employment discrimination actions in airlines, telecommunications, hotel, and other industries
  • Numerous wage and hour class actions
  • Numerous actions contesting termination of employment by international organization
  • Action challenging use of foreign tax credits by American employed by international organization
  • Actions challenging refusal of international organization to change employees’ status from short-term to permanent
  • Numerous actions by international civil servants challenging promotional examination procedures and failure to promote
  • Numerous actions by international civil servants challenging poor performance evaluations
  • Pension actions by employees of international organization, or their families
  • Breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets action
  • Copyright infringement actions in fashion, entertainment, publication, and telecommunications (Internet) industries
  • Copyright and trade dress infringement action in jewelry industry
  • Copyright and trademark infringement action in adult entertainment industry
  • Action for trademark infringement and merchandising rights in entertainment industry
  • Trademark and trade dress infringement action in retail sales industry
  • Trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition, and dilution action in hair products industry
  • Patent infringement claims in automobile accessory industry

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Memberships & Professional Activities
    • Member, International Association of Women Judges, 2006-present
    • Board of Directors, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 2008-2010
    • Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges, Administrative Office of United States Courts, 2000-2006
    • Board Member, Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter), 2002-2005
    • Executive Committee & Board of Directors, Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Association, 1993-1997
  • ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Judge, United Nations Appeals Tribunal, 2012-present (part-time)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California, 1995-2012
  • Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California, 1977-1995
  • Labor Arbitrator Certificate, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, 1972-1973
  • Public Interest Lawyer, 1973-1977, 1967-1972
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • B.A., University of Michigan


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