Christina Voigt is a New Environmental Arbitrator at the Permanent Court of Arbitration
PluriCourts coordinator Christina Voigt has been nominated by the government of Norway to serve as a member of a specialized environmental panel, established as part of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.
Established in 1899, the Permanent Court of Arbitration is not a court in the traditional sense. It is an international organization that provides a framework for arbitral tribunals which deal with specific disputes. States parties to the PCA name potential arbitrators. If a dispute arises between states or between a state and a private entity, they can choose arbitrators from this list to resolve the case. The PCA deals with a broad range of issues, including investment, border disputes and questions relating to the law of the sea.
In the early 2000s, specific Environmental Rules were adopted under the PCA. The aim was to provide a forum for dispute resolution under multilateral environmental agreements, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol or the Convention on Biodiversity.
A special panel has been composed to deal with this highly specialized field of law. Professor Voigt will be one 29 arbitrators charged to deal with environmental disputes.