Established by treaty at the First Hague Peace Conference in 1899, the Permanent Court of Arbitration is the oldest global institution for the settlement of international disputes. The Court offers a wide range of services for the resolution of international disputes which the parties concerned have expressly agreed to submit for resolution under its auspices. Unlike the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration has no sitting judges: the parties themselves select the arbitrators. Another difference is that sessions of the Permanent Court of Arbitration are held in private and are confidential. The Court also provides arbitration in disputes between international organisations and between states and international organisations.
Working in close co-operation with the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Justice Portal has digitalised a number of the Court’s historic international arbitral awards, making them available for the first time in electronic format. View the PCA historical awards project on the Hague Justice Portal.
View all the PCA research files on the Hague Justice Portal
Number of staff
Hugo H. Siblesz - Secretary-General
Brooks W. Daly - Deputy Secretary-General
Permanent Court of Arbitration
2517 KJ The Hague
Website: Permanent Court of Arbitration
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