Article 30 - Hearings and written proceedings

(1) Subject to any contrary agreement by the parties, the Arbitral Panel shall decide whether to hold oral hearings for the presentation of evidence or for oral argument, or whether the proceedings shall be conducted on the basis of documents and other materials. However, unless the parties have agreed that no hearing shall be held, the Arbitral Panel shall hold such hearings at an appropriate stage of the proceedings, if so requested by a party.
(2) The parties shall be given sufficient advance notice of any hearing and of any meeting of the Arbitral Panel for the purposes of inspection of goods, other property or documents relevant to the dispute.
(3) All statements, documents or other information supplied to the Arbitral Panel by one party shall be communicated to the other party. Also any expert report or evidentiary document on which the Arbitral Panel may rely in making its decision shall be communicated to the parties.