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PCA Award Series

 

The PCA Awards Series features recent arbitral awards rendered under the PCA’s auspices. Each award is complemented by commentary from an eminent international legal scholar.

 

The Abyei Arbitration (The Government of Sudan / The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army): Final Award of 2009

 

The Abyei Arbitration arose out of a long-standing conflict between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army regarding the delimitation of the Abyei area in then central Sudan. The PCA acted as Registry in this arbitration.This ninth volume in the PCA Award Series contains the Tribunal’s Final Award of 22 July 2009, the Dissenting Opinion by H.E. Judge Al-Khasawneh (annexed to the Final Award), and the ‘Arbitration Agreement between The Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Moment/Army on Delimiting Abyei Area’ of 7 July 2008. Professor Vaughan Lowe, Chichele Professor of International Law at Oxford University, and Dr. Antonios Tzanakopoulos of Oxford University provide an introduction to the volume in which they address the contribution of the Abyei arbitration to international law and its importance to the peace process in Sudan.

An Arabic-language version of this book is forthcoming.

To order this volume, contact the International Bureau at bureau@pca-cpa.org. Payment (EUR 30.00 per copy, plus costs of shipping and handling as per this chart) can be made through electronic bank transfer, with reference to "Award Series: Abyei".

 

An electronic version of this volume can also be accessed through www.kluwerarbitration.com.

 

Publisher: Permanent Court of Arbitration
ISBN: 978-94-91021-02-2
Softcover, 469 pages, 2012
EUR 30.00 (+ shipping)

 

 

 

The Guyana/Suriname Arbitration: Award of 2007 

 

The Guyana/Suriname Arbitration arose out of a long-standing dispute between the two countries over delimitation of their maritime boundary. Guyana initiated arbitral proceedings against Suriname under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2004, and the proceedings were administered by the PCA. This eighth volume in the PCA Award Series contains the Tribunal’s Final Award of 17 December 2007.

Judge Peter Tomka, currently President of the International Court of Justice, provides an introduction to this volume in which he addresses the contribution of the Guyana/Suriname Arbitration to international law and, in particular, to the law of maritime delimitation.

To order this volume, contact the International Bureau at bureau@pca-cpa.org. Payment (EUR 20.00 per copy, plus costs of shipping and handling as per this chart) can be made through electronic bank transfer, with reference to “Award Series: GU-SU”.

 

An electronic version of this volume can also be accessed through www.kluwerarbitration.com.

 

Publisher: Permanent Court of Arbitration
ISBN: 978-94-91021-00-8
Softcover, 208 pages, 2012
EUR 20.00 (+ shipping) 

 


 

The MOX Plant Case (Ireland-United Kingdom): Record of Proceedings 2001-2008


The MOX Plant Case was an international environmental dispute relating to the authorisation and operation of a mixed oxide (“MOX”) plant on the British coast of the Irish Sea. Ireland commenced arbitral proceedings against the United Kingdom under two different treaties in 2001. The award in the first arbitration, the OSPAR Arbitration, was published in an earlier volume of the PCA Award Series. This volume contains a record of the proceedings from 2001 to 2008 relating to the second arbitration, which was brought under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and for which the PCA served as registry. This record includes documents from the related proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

Dr. Nico Schrijver, Professor of International Law and Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University, provides an introduction to this volume in which he addresses the contribution of the MOX Plant Case to international law as well as the issue of fragmentation in international law.

To order this volume, contact the International Bureau at bureau@pca-cpa.org. Payment (EUR 20.00 per copy, plus costs of shipping and handling as per this chart) can be made through electronic bank transfer, with reference to "Award Series: MOX".

 

An electronic version of this volume can also be accessed through www.kluwerarbitration.com.

 

Publisher: Permanent Court of Arbitration
ISBN: 978-94-91021-01-5
Softcover, 222 pages, 2010
EUR 20.00 (+ shipping)

 

 

The Barbados/Trinidad and Tobago Arbitration Award of 2006

 

The Barbados/Trinidad and Tobago Arbitration Award (2006) is the first ever rendered in a maritime delimitation submitted to arbitration pursuant to Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of Sea. The Arbitral Tribunal was called upon to decide the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the Caribbean Sea region that separates the two island nations. The Final Award establishes a single maritime boundary between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago and also requires the two States to take steps to conserve fish stocks and ensure certain fishing rights of Barbadian fishermen who had traditionally fished in Trinidad and Tobago waters.

Bernard H. Oxman, the Richard A. Hausler Professor of International Law at the University of Miami, provides an insightful introduction on the contribution of the Award to the law of maritime delimitation.

To order contact T.M.C. Asser Press
ISSN 1574-1745
167 pages, hardcover, 2009
GBP 45.00 

 

 

 

The OSPAR Arbitration (Ireland-United Kingdom) Award of 2003

The “OSPAR” Arbitration (2003) between Ireland and the United Kingdom was the first round in the MOX Plant case concerning their dispute over alleged potential radioactive pollution of the Irish Sea from a mixed oxide (“MOX”) fuel plant at the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. This volume contains the Final Award of the Arbitral Tribunal established pursuant to the dispute resolution procedures of the 1992 Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (“OSPAR Convention”), to decide the dispute concerning Ireland’s request for access to information about the United Kingdom’s decision to commission the MOX plant under Article 9 of the Convention.

The Arbitral Tribunal addressed a relatively narrow legal issue concerning information exchange between States. In doing so, the Tribunal considered the nature and duty of the right to access to information, and the relationship of the OSPAR regime to other legal rules on access to information. Daniel Bodansky, Woodruff Professor of International Law at the University of Georgia, provides a perceptive introduction on the contribution of the OSPAR Award to international law.

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ISBN 978-90-6704-295-6
140 pages, hardcover, 2009
GBP 40.00

 

 

The Rhine Chlorides Arbitration Concerning the Auditing of Accounts (Netherlands-France) Award of 2004

The Rhine ChloridesArbitration (2004), one of the few international watercourse arbitrations yet conducted, decided the dispute between the Netherlands and France concerning the auditing of accounts in relation to the reduction of chloride discharges into the Rhine River. France was obliged to undertake certain measures under the Additional Protocol of 1991 to the 1976 Convention on the Protection of the Rhine against Pollution by Chlorides, with the costs to be shared between four of the five states parties (the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany) according to a specific formula. The Arbitral Tribunal was required to interpret the Protocol in accordance with the law of treaties and decide the method of calculation to be used in the final auditing of financial contributions paid in advance by the Netherlands to France, to determine the amounts to be reimbursed.

The Award was rendered in French, and this unique bi-lingual edition includes its first, unofficial, English translation. An introduction by Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes skillfully analyses the Award, discussing the aspects of treaty interpretation that came into play and highlighting the importance of the economic aspects of environmental protection and the management of international watercourses.

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ISBN 978-90-6704-266-6
225 pages, hardcover, 2008
GBP 45.00

 

 

The Iron Rhine (IJzeren Rijn) Arbitration (Belgium Netherlands) Award of 2005

 

The Iron Rhine Arbitration (or "IJzeren Rijn" as it is known in Dutch) (2005) decided a
dispute between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning
the reactivation of the Iron Rhine railway linking the port of Antwerp, Belgium, to the Rhine
Basin in Germany across certain parts of Dutch territory. The Arbitral Tribunal was called
upon to interpret nineteenth century treaties, which granted certain rights to Belgium on the
territory of the Netherlands, and to consider the entitlement of the Netherlands to insist on
conditions specified under Dutch law, particularly with respect to environmental protection,
for reactivation of the railway.

This unique bi-lingual edition comprises the official English version of the Award rendered
in the Iron Rhine Arbitration, and a French translation. In a perceptive introduction, Colin
Warbrick, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Birmingham, has
considered the Award in the context of its contribution to international and European
Community law issues. As Professor Warbrick remarks, the significance of this case will
extend far beyond the interests of the two States involved.

 

To order contact T.M.C. Asser Press
ISBN 978-90-6704-235-2
314 pages, hardcover, 2007
GBP 60.00 / USD 120.00  

 

 

The Bank for International Settlements Arbitration Awards of 2002 and 2003

with French translation

The Bank for International Settlements Arbitration (2002 and 2003) concerned the compensation to be paid for privately held shares recalled by the Bank for International Settlements on January 8, 2001. The issues in dispute included the lawfulness of the recall of the shares and the applicable standards for valuation of those shares, the adequacy of the amount paid by the Bank for International Settlements for the recalled shares, and the amount of compensation to be paid. The Tribunal’s awards contribute greatly to existing jurisprudence on matters such as valuation of an expropriated asset, the award of interest, and the right to damages for breach of an arbitration agreement where one party seeks to bring a claim on the merits before a domestic court.

This bi-lingual edition contains the official English version of the awards rendered in the Bank for International Settlements Arbitration, together with the Tribunal’s French translation of the awards. A stimulating and lively introduction is provided by V.V. Veeder, who appraises the contribution of the awards to international law.

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ISBN 978-90-6704-234-5
410 pages, hardcover, 2007 
GBP 65.00 / USD 120.00


The Eritrea-Yemen Arbitration Awards 1998 and 1999 with French translation

The Eritrea-Yemen Arbitration (1998-1999) is in more than one respect one of the most significant international arbitrations of the end of the twentieth century. It solved the problem of ownership of the southern islands of the Red Sea, the solution of which had been awaited since the end of the First World War. With its recognition of a ‘traditional fishing regime’ and crystallization of the criteria for maritime delimitation, it also made a significant contribution to the development of international law. In the recent case concerning Maritime Delimitations and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain the awards were cited by the International Court of Justice.


This unique bi-lingual edition brings together in both English and French the two awards rendered in the Eritrea-Yemen Arbitration. In a succinct yet thorough introduction, Jean-Pierre Queneudec, Professor emeritus at the University of Paris I, has distilled the essence of the awards and their contribution to international legal discourse.

 

To order contact T.M.C. Asser Press
ISBN 90-6704-179-3
572 pages, hardcover, 2005
GBP 90.00 / USD 133.20