The MIDS and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) agreed on establishing an Assistant Legal Counsel Fellowship program starting in October 2016. By virtue of this agreement, every year, a MIDS graduate will join the International Bureau of the PCA for a 12-month fellowship.
During the academic year, the MIDS organizes an essay competition on a PCA-related matter. The best three essays are sent to the PCA for assessment, their authors are interviewed, and the winner joins the PCA after graduation.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration
The PCA is an intergovernmental organization with 117 member states. Established in 1899 to facilitate arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between States, the PCA has developed into a modern, multifaceted institution meeting the dispute resolution needs of the international community.
The PCA's Secretariat - the International Bureau - consists of an experienced team of legal and administrative staff of various nationalities. It is headed by its Secretary-General. The bureau provides administrative support to tribunals and commissions, serving as the official channel of communications and ensuring safe custody of documents. The International Bureau provides services such as financial administration, logistical and technical support for meetings and hearings, travel arrangements, and general secretarial and linguistic support. It also provides administrative support to tribunals or commissions conducting PCA dispute settlement proceedings outside The Netherlands.