The global health situation permitting, the Hearing on Jurisdiction will be held in person in Washington, D.C. Should it become unfeasible to conduct the Hearing in person, it will take place by video conference in the week commencing December 14, 2020.
(i) To the extent possible, at least one participant per device or connection to be used at the Hearing should attend the pre-hearing videoconference;
(ii) Should testing all connections require witnesses or experts to participate personally in the pre-hearing videoconference, the Tribunal initially will limit discussions to introductions and technical matters, with procedural matters to be discussed subsequently after all witnesses and experts have been excused;
(iii) Each participant should join the pre-hearing videoconference with the same device(s) and internet connection and from the same physical location that they intend to use for the Hearing;
(iv) Participants will join the pre-hearing videoconference through the waiting room function and will follow the same identification procedure as for the Hearing itself (see Sections 32 to 34 below);
(v) The pre-hearing videoconference shall include a test of each of the functions of the videoconference platform that is intended to be used during the Hearing (e.g., presentation of evidence via shared screen, simultaneous interpretation, etc.); and
(vi) The Parties shall not address the substance of any matter scheduled for discussion at the Hearing, but may raise before the Tribunal any procedural issues pertaining to the organization of the Hearing.
(i) Commence each day at 2:00 PM GMT (9:00 AM EST Bogotá, Miami, New York, Washington D.C.; 3:00 PM CET Stockholm, Milan, The Hague);
(ii) Conclude each day at 8:30 PM GMT (3:30 PM EST Bogotá, Miami, New York, Washington D.C.; 9:30 PM CET Stockholm, Milan The Hague); and
(iii) Total time each day: 6.5 hours, two breaks of 15 minutes each (starting around 3:15 PM and 4:45 PM GMT each day) and one one-hour break (starting around 6:00 PM GMT each day), for a total of 5 hearing hours per day.
(i) Opening statements: 2.5 hours each side.
(ii) Witnesses: Direct (20 minutes), cross-examination (1 hour 10 minutes), redirect (20 minutes).
(iii) Experts: Direct (30 minutes), cross examination (1 hour 25 minutes), redirect (20 minutes).
(iv) Closing statements: 2 hours in principle, subject to adjustment depending on the nature and number of Tribunal questions.
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