National Groups (Permanent Court of Arbitration)

by Remy Jorritsma

MPILux Working Paper 8 (2017)

Introduction: A National Group is a group of up to four persons appointed by a Member State of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (‘PCA’, or ‘the Court’). The sum of all individuals in National Groups constitute a pool of individuals, available to act as arbitrators when appointed by States who wish to submit their disputes to arbitration under the auspices of the PCA. Furthermore, National Groups have an exclusive right to nominate candidates for election as judge at the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) (Article 4 ICJ Statute). Finally, National Groups from States party to the Rome Statute may play a role in the nomination of candidates for election as judge at the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) (Article 36 (4) (a) (ii) ICC Statute).