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2 Jun 2020


My PCA Fellowship - Jorge Manrique de Lara

Finally, I have to express my gratitude to the WTI, I could not have done the fellowship at the PCA without the scholarship granted by the WTI

Jorge Manrique de Lara, MILE 17 graduate

Jorge Manrique de Lara, MILE 17 graduate from Peru, worked as an Assistant Legal Counsel for the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague (Netherlands) after completing the MILE Master's programme in Bern. Read his testimonial about the one year fellowship which allowed him to work with a diverse range of cases.

In 2016 I started the MILE programme at the WTI. The MILE programme opened my mind to many areas of international law. Later on, when I finished the MILE programme, I was accepted to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) as an Assistant Legal Counsel (Fellowship). For one year I was working with a very range of cases. The PCA is the oldest international arbitration institution in the world, it was created back in 1899. The PCA serves as secretariat for arbitration cases (either investor-state cases, state-state cases or private cases) and also has the competence to act as an Appointing Authority in arbitrations cases under the UNCITRAL rules. The PCA Fellowship was a diverse, challenging and unique experience. I had the opportunity to be involved in arbitrations cases and appointing authorities proceedings.

Now that I remember my period at the PCA as a fellow I have to say that this was an opportunity to work with people from all parts of the world and to learn every day from them. It was an enriching experience. Finally, I have to express my gratitude to the WTI, I could not have done the fellowship at the PCA without the scholarship granted by the WTI.