Article 25: Establishing the Facts of the Case


The arbitral tribunal shall proceed within as short a time as possible to establish the facts of the case by all appropriate means.


After studying the written submissions of the parties and all documents relied upon, the arbitral tribunal shall hear the parties together in person if any of them so requests or, failing such a request, it may of its own motion decide to hear them.


The arbitral tribunal may decide to hear witnesses, experts appointed by the parties or any other person, in the presence of the parties, or in their absence provided they have been duly summoned.


The arbitral tribunal, after having consulted the parties, may appoint one or more experts, define their terms of reference and receive their reports. At the request of a party, the parties shall be given the opportunity to question at a hearing any such expert.


At any time during the proceedings, the arbitral tribunal may summon any party to provide additional evidence.


The arbitral tribunal may decide the case solely on the documents submitted by the parties unless any of the parties requests a hearing.