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Fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague

The King’s Forum on International Dispute Resolution is pleased to announce that it will offer a one year fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. The fellowship offers recent law graduates of The Dickson Poon School of Law an extraordinary opportunity to start a career in international dispute resolution. King’s College London joins a select group of universities offering their recent graduates such an opportunity.

The PCA is an intergovernmental organisation tasked with facilitating arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution between States, State entities, intergovernmental organisations, and private parties. Established by treaty in 1899, today the PCA enjoys the membership of 118 States, has seen its caseload grow exponentially through recent years, and is currently administering over 100 cases.

Terms of the Fellowship

The King’s Forum on International Dispute Resolution Fellow will spend one year (starting 1 September or October 2019) as Assistant Legal Counsel of the PCA. The Fellow will assist in providing legal advice to the Secretary-General, support to arbitral tribunals and parties in PCA proceedings including at hearings; promotion of the PCA amongst law firms, governments, international organisations; and drafting, research and speaking assignments as directed by the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary General/Principal Legal Officer.

Potential fellows have to be recent graduates (up to 3 years, including both LLB and LLM students, students in their final year may apply) of The Dickson Poon School of Law, preferably with a course of study including modules on international dispute resolution. They need to display superior writing and research skills, a strong academic and/or professional record and interest in the subjects of international arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and public international law. Fluency in English or French is essential, knowledge of other languages is desirable. Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills are required, as well.

The fellow will receive a stipend of 20,000 pounds based on a 12-month fellowship term, from which the fellow will (if applicable) have to cover health insurance.  One round-trip economy class ticket from the UK will be reimbursed by the school (up to 500 pounds).



Completed applications must be received by Wednesday 19 June 2019.  All applications will be reviewed by a School committee within two weeks and up to three applications will be forwarded to the PCA. 

In a single PDF please submit in the following sequence to

  • Cover letter setting out your motivation for applying, knowledge of international law and dispute resolution
  • Law School transcript (both of the LL.M. programme if applicable and all previous law degrees)
  • CV
  • Writing sample (for example essays, theses, publications)
PCA fellow

Domenico Cucinotta, the 2016-17 PCA fellow says;

"My Fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has been a fantastic and formative experience. From day one, I was immediately involved in all aspects of the PCA's work including the institutional work of the International Bureau as well as providing administrative assistance to arbitral tribunals in inter-state, investor-state and contract-based disputes. It is an absolute pleasure to work with the energetic, diverse and friendly staff of the PCA's International Bureau and a real privilege to work in the Peace Palace every day. I am certain that the skills I have learned here will hold me in good stead as I embark on a career in international arbitration."

Antonia Cavedon, the 2017-18 PCA Fellow says;

"The Fellowship with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has allowed me to gain an invaluable insight on the work of the International Bureau. The caseload administered by the PCA is interesting and diverse, including inter-state, investor-state, and contractual disputes, as well as appointing-authority matters. The broad range of matters provides a complete picture on international dispute resolution services.

The opportunity to work directly with such experienced and brilliant lawyers from varying jurisdictions teaches one how to approach legal issues from different perspectives, which is certainly a must-have skill for any future international lawyer. This opportunity also provides the possibility of being involved in a wide range of institutional and diplomatic activities with the Contracting Parties to the international treaties that established the PCA. This Fellowship is a wonderful stepping-stone for anyone wanting to further pursue a career in international public law and dispute resolution".


Antonia Calvedon, PCA Fellow 2017-18

Domenic Cucinetta, PCA Fellow 2016-17


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