MODEL RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR ARBITRAL TRIBUNALS
1. These rules shall be read consistently with the provisions of Chapter 21 (Dispute Settlement).
2. Any written submission, request, notice or other document shall be delivered by a Party or the arbitral tribunal by delivery against receipt, registered post, courier, facsimile or electronic transmission or any other means of telecommunication that provides a record of the sending thereof.
3. Each Party shall provide to the other Party and to each of the arbitrators a copy of all its written communications related to the arbitral proceedings, including any written submissions, request, notice, or other document. A copy of the written communications shall also be provided in electronic format.
4. Minor errors of a clerical nature in any written submission, request, notice or other document related to the arbitral tribunal proceedings may be corrected by delivery of a new document clearly indicating the changes.
5. If the last day for delivery of a document falls on a non-business day of a Party, the document may be delivered on the next business day.
Commencing the Arbitration
6. Unless the Parties otherwise agree, they shall meet with the arbitral tribunal within 7 days following the establishment of the arbitral tribunal in order to determine such matters that the Parties or the arbitral tribunal deem appropriate, including the remuneration and expenses that shall be paid to the Chair of the arbitral tribunal, which normally shall conform to the WTO standards. Unless otherwise agreed by the Parties, this meeting shall not be required to be in person and can be conducted by any means, including video-conference, tele-conference or computer links.