Conferences & Seminars

The PCA is a forum for legal discourse, hosting and supporting conferences and seminars.

The PCA co-organized a forum regarding “Mobilising Investments for a Sustainable Energy Future”, hosted by the International Energy Charter in Brussels
Brussels, 12 May 2017

The forum aimed to deliver cutting-edge thinking and debate on policy, legal and regulatory aspects concerning the undergoing transition towards a sustainable energy model. The global energy architecture needs to build on stable and transparent frameworks to mobilise huge investment to enable the low-carbon energy transition. From different and complementary angles, the five institutions that co-organised the forum participated in the promotion and protection of energy investment and in the analysis and policy dialogue on energy markets.

The first morning session dealt with the necessity of stable investment conditions to implement the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on universal energy access. The second session focused on best practices in regulatory reform to attract investment while minimising disputes.

The policy-oriented, preventive and ex-ante regulatory presentations of the morning, were complemented in the afternoon with an ex-post legal approach related to dispute settlement. The third session tackled the concept of investment protection standards, which are ultimately interpreted by arbitral tribunals in actual investor-state disputes. The forth and last session reviewed the work in progress in investment dispute settlement.

The event was jointly organised by the International Energy Charter, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

The agenda is available here.

 

The Hague Energy Charter Legal Forum on the “Resolution of International Energy Disputes: Peace, Stability and Security”
Peace Palace, The Hague, May 22, 2015

On 22 May 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration hosted The Hague Energy Charter Legal Forum on the “Resolution of International Energy Disputes: Peace, Stability and Security”, organized in cooperation with the Energy Charter Secretariat. The forum followed the signing of the International Energy Charter, a political declaration that maps out common principles for international cooperation in the field of energy.   The forum provided a setting for representatives from governments and energy companies to discuss energy dispute resolution.  It featured two panels, moderated by Mr. Michael Polkinghorne, partner at White & Case LLP (Paris), and Dr. Sabine Konrad, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (Frankfurt), respectively.  Speakers comprised the following governmental representatives: Mr. Bayaornibè Dabire, ECOWAS Director of Energy; Ms. Alisa Newman Hood, Senior Advisor, Energy Resources Bureau, US Department of State; Ms. Marie Talašová, Head of International Arbitration Department, Ministry of Finance, Czech Republic; Mr. Cornelis van der Bom, Associate General Counsel (Upstream Activities), Shell; Mr. Michael McIlwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Oil & Gas; Dr. Zangar Nogaibay, Executive Director, Association “Kazenergy”; Dr. Sun Xiansheng, President, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Economics & Technology Research Institute; and Ms. Masako Takahata, General Counsel, Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation.

Permanent Court of Arbitration supports the third Mauritius International Arbitration Conference
Flic en Flac, Mauritius, December 15-16, 2014

The PCA is one of the six arbitral institutions which supported the Mauritius International Arbitration Conference (MIAC) 2014, along with the ICC, ICCA, ICSID, the LCIA, and UNCITRAL.  The third in a biennial series hosted by the Government of Mauritius, MIAC 2014 took place on December 15-16, 2014, in Flic en Flac, Mauritius. The theme was “The Litmus Test: Challenges to Awards and Enforcement of Awards in Africa”.   High-profile speakers on panels chaired by each of the six co-hosting institutions addressed the issues of “challenges to arbitral awards at the seat” and “the recognition and enforcement of awards”.  As well as panel presentations, the programme included workshops in the form of mock tribunal hearings and panel-led discussions in the format adopted by the LCIA at its Tylney Hall conferences.   The full conference programme, list of speakers, and details of other events in this series are available here.

PCA Peace Palace Centenary Seminar
Peace Palace, The Hague, October 11, 2013

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the Peace Palace, the Permanent Court of Arbitration held a commemorative seminar for Members of the Court, representatives of PCA Member States, and other invited guests on October 11, 2013.  The one-day event featured presentations from PCA legal staff outlining recent developments at the PCA and a seminar on the theme Confronting Global Challenges: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Investor-State Arbitration.  Following the keynote address by Professor Jan Paulsson and the seminar featured a panel composed of Professor James Crawford SC AC, Professor Brigitte Stern, and H.E. Judge Christopher Greenwood, under the chairmanship of H.E. Judge Peter Tomka, then President of the ICJ.   The panelists addressed current issues relating to three themes: the challenge of arbitrators; Most Favoured Nation clauses; and sovereign regulatory freedom.  Photographs and selected excerpts from the event are available here.

Permanent Court of Arbitration supports the second Mauritius International Arbitration Conference
Balaclava, Mauritius, December 10-11, 2012

The PCA is one of the six arbitral institutions which supported the Mauritius International Arbitration Conference (MIAC) 2012, along with the ICC, ICCA, ICSID, the LCIA, and UNCITRAL.  The second in a biennial series hosted by the Government of Mauritius, MIAC 2012 took place on December 10-11, 2012 in Balaclava, Mauritius. The theme was “An African Seat for the Twenty-First Century?”. High-profile speakers on panels chaired by each of the six co-hosting institutions addressed current and emerging issues in international commercial and investment arbitration, including inter alia the court’s duty to stay court proceedings in favour of arbitration.  The full conference programme and list of speakers are available here.

The conference papers of MIAC 2012, edited by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, are available for download here.  

International Law Seminars

The PCA hosted seven International Law Seminars between 1999 to 2003, with the proceedings of each published in the seven-volume Peace Palace Papers series.