The Hague Monday February 14 – The Ambassador of Poland to the Netherlands H.E. Prof. Marcin Czepelak, has been elected to a five-year term as the new Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.
Ambassador Czepelak was elected in a secret ballot of the PCA’s Administrative Council, composed of diplomatic representatives of all 122 signatory states of the Hague conventions. He was been chosen over candidates nominated by the Netherlands and Mauritius. For the last 123 years the PCA’s Secretary General has always been of Dutch nationality. Diplomat Magazine wish Ambassador Czepelak wisdom and success in fulfilling this commitment.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration is the world’s oldest international tribunal, established by the Conventions for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, concluded at the Hague in 1899 and 1907, during the two Hague Peace Conferences. Its purpose is to facilitate arbitration and other forms of resolving disputes between states, private companies and international organizations. The Secretary-General directs the PCA’s International Office, which provides support for the Court, including legal and administrative assistance, during dispute resolution procedures.