… As PCA negotiates launch with Indian government

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is in advanced talks with the Indian government to launch in the country.

The negotiations are likely to result in a court being set up in India’s capital Delhi, although discussions continue as to whether this is the most suitable location for an arbitration court.

PCA secretary general Tjaco van den Hout told The Lawyer that the Indian government is extremely keen to have facilities so that Indian PCA cases will no longer have to go to the Hague.

“The structure of how the PCA will work in India is still up for negotiation,” explained van den Hout. “Like with any arbitrations, PCA ones can be ad hoc and simply held in someone’s office. The important thing is to agree a legal framework that will allow for these disputes to be dealt with through arbitration.”

The news comes just weeks after the PCA struck a deal with Singapore to create the first international court in Asia (The Lawyer, 17 September). The court also launched in South Africa earlier this year.

The PCA, which was established in 1899 to deal peacefully with disputes that arise between different countries, has also set up a court in Costa Rica for Latin American disputes.