The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) was established in 1899 to facilitate the peaceful settlement of international disputes. This was the single biggest achievement of the first Hague Peace Conference of 1899 and provided the impetus for the construction of the Peace Palace, where the PCA is based. The PCA is an intergovernmental organisation with a growing number of members, currently 121.
The PCA helps to resolve conflicts involving various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organisations and private parties. The PCA’s Secretariat, the International Bureau, provides registry services and administrative support to tribunals and commissions. The number of cases (some 125) illustrates how varied the PCA’s remit is, encompassing territorial, environmental, and contractual disputes, as well as investment disputes arising from bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Opening times: 11.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Location: Kleine Rechtszaal
- Film about the PCA (EN)
- Short Q&A session (EN)
A visit to the PCA is only available in combination with a presentation of the ICJ. Total duration of the presentations is one hour.
No cameras, cell phones and bags allowed inside the Peace Palace. Lockers available.
The programme contains no guided tour of the building. Before and after visiting the ICJ and the PCA, you will have the opportunity to visit the Visitors Centre located by the main entrance of the Peace Palace, where you will find information about the Peace Palace and guided tours. Tickets for guided tours can be bought via www.vredespaleis.nl.
2517 KJ Den Haag