PCA Rules—background and commencing proceedings
Produced in partnership with Jonathan Lim of WilmerHale

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Jonathan Lim of WilmerHale provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • PCA Rules—background and commencing proceedings
  • What is the PCA?
  • The PCA Arbitration Rules
  • Role of the UNCITRAL Transparency Rules
  • When do the PCA Rules apply?
  • Transmission of notices and calculation of periods of time
  • How to commence proceedings—the Notice of Arbitration
  • Response to the Notice of Arbitration
  • Party representation

PCA Rules—background and commencing proceedings

What is the PCA?

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is the world’s oldest intergovernmental organisation dedicated to facilitating the peaceful resolution of international disputes. Headquartered in The Hague, it was established by the 1899 Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, which was signed at the conclusion of the first Hague Peace Conference in 1899.

Originally focused on state-to-state dispute resolution, the PCA now administers and provides related services for disputes involving states, state-controlled entities, intergovernmental organisations and private parties.

The PCA Arbitration Rules

In December 2012, the PCA published a new set of Arbitration Rules (the PCA Rules). The PCA Rules succeeded and replaced four sets of older PCA arbitration rules:

  1. the 1992 Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes between Two States (the PCA State/State Rules)

  2. the 1993 Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes between Two Parties of Which Only One is a State (the PCA State/International Organisation Rules)

  3. the 1996 Optional Rules for Arbitration Involving International Organisations and States, and

  4. the 1996 Optional Rues for Arbitration between International Organisations and Private Parties

The PCA Rules consolidated the older rules into a single instrument and updated them in light of modern practice. They are based in part on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (the UNCITRAL Rules), which replaced the older 1976 UNCITRAL Rules and have provisions that address issues such as joinder of third

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