20 March 2019

PRESS RELEASE PERMANENT COURT OF ARBITRATION PUBLISHES 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) is pleased to announce the publication of its 2018 Annual Report, available in PDF format available here. Hard copies will be distributed in the coming weeks.
The Annual Report illustrates the PCA’s continued expansion throughout 2018 and describes the key activities undertaken by the PCA and its staff during the 2018 calendar year.

In the course of 2018, the PCA’s International Bureau provided registry services in 190 cases, 30 more than in the year before. This is a new record in the institution’s activity. The cases administered in 2018 included 5 interstate disputes, 112 investor-State arbitrations, 70 cases arising under contracts involving a State or other public entity or public interest, 1 arbitration between a private entity and a State arising under an arbitration agreement in accordance with the PCA Arbitration Rules 2012, and 2 arbitrations between global labor union federations and private entities arising under a fire and building safety agreement. Additionally, the PCA Secretary-General received 49 requests in 2018 relating to the appointing authority mechanism under the 1976 and 2010 United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) Arbitration Rules.

2018 also saw the PCA continue its engagement with the international community to increase cooperation and improve access to its services and expertise. To expand the PCA’s ability to conduct proceedings outside its headquarters in The Hague, the PCA concluded a new Host Country Agreement with Uruguay, as well as new Cooperation Agreements with the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre, the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre, and the Florence Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the PCA opened a permanent office in Singapore in January 2018.
The 2018 Annual Report provides an overview of these activities and more.

Background on the Permanent Court of Arbitration
The Permanent Court of Arbitration is an intergovernmental organization established by the 1899 Hague Convention on the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes. The PCA has 121 Contracting Parties. Headquartered at the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, the PCA facilitates arbitration, conciliation, fact-finding, and other dispute resolution proceedings among various combinations of States, State entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties. More information about the PCA can be found at www.pca-cpa.org.

Contact: Permanent Court of Arbitration
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