Garth Schofield is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). The PCA is an independent intergovernmental organization, established in 1899 for the settlement of international disputes, with 122 member States from all continents. The PCA's headquarters is at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.
At the PCA, Mr. Schofield has administered numerous arbitrations and works closely with arbitral tribunals constituted in some of the PCA's largest and most complicated proceedings, including maritime boundary disputes under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, territorial disputes, disputes concerning riparian rights, disputes concerning the application of international environmental law, investment disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, and commercial disputes between private parties and States, State-owned entities, and inter-governmental organizations. In the majority of these cases, he acts as registrar or secretary to the tribunal.
In recent matters, Mr. Schofield has assisted the arbitral tribunals constituted in the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration (Bangladesh v. India); Indus Waters Kishenganga Arbitration (Pakistan v. India); Chagos Marine Protected Area Arbitration (Mauritius v. United Kingdom); ARA Libertad Arbitration (Argentina v. Ghana); Railway Land Arbitration (Malaysia/Singapore); Arbitration under the Timor Sea Treaty (Timor-Leste v. Australia); South China Sea Arbitration (Philippines v. China); Arbitration concerning Article 8(b) of the Timor Sea Treaty (Timor-Leste v. Australia); Duzgit Integrity Arbitration (Malta v. São Tomé and Príncipe), and the Timor Sea Conciliation (Timor-Leste v. Australia), as well as dozens of investment and commercial disputes. In addition to his work with tribunals in PCA-administered arbitrations, Mr. Schofield assists the PCA Secretary-General in the designation of appointing authorities and the appointment of arbitrators under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Mr. Schofield is a national of the United States and a graduate of Yale Law School and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Williams College in Massachusetts and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York.