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Positions for Legal Counsel at the International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration may become available from time to time. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit applications for the job description below that may be considered when a position becomes available.


The PCA is an international organization specialized in the resolution of legal disputes founded in
1899 and based in The Hague. PCA staff work in the Peace Palace, which was constructed to house the PCA and completed in 1913. The staff of the PCA is comprised of approximately 28 legal, editorial, and administrative staff members of various nationalities, dedicated to facilitating the resolution of disputes involving states, state entities, and international organizations. 

Description of Duties

The duties of the Legal Counsel include the provision of legal advice to the Secretary-General and staff of the International Bureau; direct support to arbitral tribunals and parties in PCA proceedings; assistance with PCA services in matters submitted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules; responding to queries from law firms, governments, and international organizations regarding PCA services; giving presentations about the PCA to groups of visitors at the Peace Palace including judges, lawyers, and students; performing any research, drafting, or representation assignments, and any other tasks as directed by the Secretary-General or Deputy Secretary General/Principal Legal Counsel. International travel on short notice may be required in the fulfillment of the Employee’s duties.


Applicants should be admitted to practice law in their home jurisdiction with several years of work experience, preferably in arbitration or public international law at a law firm or an arbitral institution. Fluency in French or English is essential; knowledge of other languages is desirable. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV by e-mail to:
Legal Counsel Recruitment
Permanent Court of Arbitration
Carnegieplein 2
Peace Palace
2517 KJ The Hague
The Netherlands

Note: Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.


Recruitment Policy


The PCA is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to serving the international community in the field of dispute resolution. It recruits and employs staff based on the highest standards of competence, integrity, and efficiency.

Vacant positions are filled by nationals of member states based on the needs and available resources of the organization, particularly in relation to the nature and size of the PCA's caseload, which can vary from year to year. Due regard is given to maintaining an appropriate mix of men and women, and the need to seek geographical diversity in order to maintain the international character of the institution.