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Permanent Court of Arbitration
Summaries of Awards 1999-2009
Edited by: Belinda Macmahon and Fedelma Claire Smith

Over the decade December 1999 to August 2009, fifteen arbitral tribunals and commissions for which the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague provided registry services rendered thirty-one public awards and decisions. These arbitrations have all addressed matters of international significance, such as, inter alia, State sovereignty, the interpretation of treaties, the delimitation of land and maritime boundaries, the laws of armed conflict (jus in bello and jus ad bellum), human rights, the law of the sea, environmental law, and the protection of foreign investors. They include four arbitrations brought under Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea; the recently concluded arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army; and the two commissions established by the December 2000 peace agreement signed by Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission.This volume contains detailed, concise summaries of those thirty-one awards, and a critical analysis of the PCA’s contribution to international law and international dispute resolution by Professor J.G. Merrills, Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
This collection will be an invaluable research tool for academics and practitioners of public international law and related disciplines, and for anyone wishing to gain an insight into the work of the PCA in recent years. 

250 pp, hard cover, 2010

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ISBN 978-90-6704-319-9  


The Permanent Court of Arbitration: The Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907 and International Arbitration - Reports and Documents compiled and edited by Shabtai Rosenne

This volume contains the English translation of the original documentation, which was only available in French, under which the PCA was established at the First Hague Peace Conference of 1899, and its continuation at the Second Hague Peace Conference of 1907. The volume contains a forward by the Secretary General of the PCA, Tjaco T. van den Hout, and a detailed introduction by Professor Shabtai Rosenne. It incorporates the reports of the respective Commissions of each Conference dealing with the pacific settlement of international disputes and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, together with the proposal of the Second Conference for a permanent court of arbitral justice. The reports of the Commissions in the 1899 and 1907 Conferences contain a full account of the considerations that prevailed in the negotiation of every provision of each Convention, and are authoritative commentaries on each Convention. This important book will facilitate access to the drafting history of the 1899 and 1907 Hague Peace Conventions and as such will be of interest to practitioners, historians and scholars of international law.

Hardbound, ISBN 90-6704-134-3
October 2001, 488 pp.

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International Alternative Dispute Resolution: Past, Present and Future - The Permanent Court of Arbitration Centennial Papers edited by The International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Marking 100 years of international dispute resolution at the PCA, the Centennial Papers record current developments and potential innovations in international arbitration, and propose future goals in the continuing evolution of alternative dispute resolution.

This collection features speeches from the PCA’s Centenary Celebration, delivered at the Centenary Meeting of the PCA’s Administrative Council and at the 1999 PCA Members’ Conference. It also contains proceedings pertaining to the PCA from the conferences celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1899 Peace Conference (the Hague and St. Petersburg Governmental Conferences and the Hague Appeal for Peace), as well as additional material on the PCA’s expanding role in resolving international disputes.

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The Permanent Court of Arbitration: International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution -

Summaries of Awards, Settlement Agreements and Reports

Since its creation at the epoch-making Hague Peace Conference of 1899 – which was attended by 26 states – the Permanent Court of Arbitration has contributed significantly to the development of peaceful means to resolve international disputes. In case after case, the Court’s tribunals have prevented international 'incidents' and other tensions from flaring into open hostility, and set precedents that greatly curtail the justification of violence between nations. This volume reveals the modernity of this venerable institution. The record contained in these pages will provide powerful guidance to practitioners engaged in international dispute resolution.
This centenary publication is an enormously valuable resource for international lawyers and arbitrators. It provides:


  • detailed summaries of all the awards, decisions and reports rendered by both arbitral tribunals and conciliation commissions, as well as by fact-finding commissions of inquiry, appointed by the Court throughout its hundred-year history;
  • a penetrating analysis of the signal contributions of the Permanent Court of Arbitration to international law and dispute resolution;
  • expert commentary on some of the procedural challenges faced and resolved by the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal.

Paperback, ISBN 90-411-1224-3
September 2002, 318 pp. (reprint)

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