RULES OF PROCEDURE OF ARBITRATION PANEL(ENGLISH)

ANNEXX

 

REFERRED TO INARTICLE15.6

 

RULESOFPROCEDUREOFARBITRATIONPANEL

 

 

 

ARTICLE 1

 

FirstWrittenSubmissions

 

1.   ThecomplainingPartyshalldeliveritsfirstwrittensubmissionnolaterthan20 daysafterthelastpanelistisselected.The Partycomplainedagainstshalldeliverits firstwrittensubmissionnolaterthan30daysafterthedateof deliveryof the complainingParty’sfirstwrittensubmission.

 

2.   APartyshallprovideacopyofitswrittensubmissiontotheotherPartyandto eachofthepanelists.Acopyofthedocumentshallalsobeprovidedinelectronic format.

 

ARTICLE 2

 

Hearings

 

1.   TheChairofthearbitrationpanelshallfixthedate,timeandlocationofthe hearinginconsultationwiththePartiesandtheotherpanelistsandnotifytheParties ofitsdecision.UnlesseitherofthePartiesdisagrees,thearbitrationpanelmay decide nottoconvene ahearing.

 

2.   Thearbitrationpanelmayconvene additionalhearingsifthe Parties soagree.

 

3.   Allpanelists shallbe presentathearings.

 

4.   Thehearingsofthearbitrationpanelshallinprinciplebeheldinclosedsession, inparticularifconfidentialinformationisexchanged,unlessboth Partiesagree otherwise.

 

5. Within20daysafterthedate ofthehearing,eachPartymaydelivera supplementary writtensubmissionrespondingtoanymatterthataroseduringthe hearing.Thesupplementary writtensubmissionshallbedeliveredinaccordancewith paragraph2ofArticle 1.

 

ARTICLE 3

 

Questions inWriting

 

  1. Thearbitrationpanelmayatanytime duringthe proceedings address questionsin writingtoone orbothParties andsetatime periodforansweringthem.

 

 

2.   APartytowhomthearbitrationpaneladdresseswrittenquestionsshalldelivera copy ofany writtenreply totheotherParty andto thearbitrationpanel.EachParty shallbegiven theopportunity toprovidewrittencommentson thereply oftheother Partywithin five days afterthe dateofdeliveryofsuchwrittenreply.

 

Article 4

 

Confidentiality

 

ThePartiesshallmaintaintheconfidentiality ofthearbitrationpanel’shearings. EachParty shalltreatasconfidential theinformationsubmittedby theotherParty to the arbitrationpanelwhichthatPartyhas designated asconfidential.

 

Article 5

 

ExparteContacts

 

Thereshallbenoexpartecommunicationswiththearbitrationpanelconcerning mattersunderconsiderationbythe arbitrationpanel.

 

 

 

Article 6

 

RoleofExperts

 

1.   UponrequestofaPartyoronitsowninitiative,thearbitrationpanelmayseek informationandtechnical advicefrom any person orbody thatitdeemsappropriate. Anyinformation soobtained shallbe submittedtothePartiesforcomments.

 

2.   Whenthearbitrationpanelmakesarequestforawrittenreportofanexpert,any timeperiodapplicabletothearbitrationpanel proceedingshallbesuspendedfora periodbeginningonthedateofdeliveryoftherequestandendingonthedatethe reportis deliveredtothe arbitrationpanel.

 

Article 7

 

Working Language

 

1.   Theworkinglanguage ofthe dispute settlementproceedings shallbeEnglish.

 

2.   Writtensubmissions,documents,oralargumentsorpresentationsatthehearings, initialandfinalreportsofthearbitrationpanel,aswellasallotherwrittenororal communicationsbetweenboth Partiesand thearbitration panel,shallbemadeor conductedinthe workinglanguage.

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