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Procedural Order No. 5

I. PROCEDURAL HISTORY

1.
Together with the issuance of the Decision on Expedited Objections of 13 December 2017, the Tribunal invited the Parties to confer with a view to proposing to the Tribunal a joint procedural calendar for the remainder of the proceeding, or to present the Tribunal with their individual positions if the Parties were unable to reach an agreement.
2.
On 5 January 2018, the Parties filed a joint submission with a proposed procedural calendar for the remainder of the proceeding. The submission also identified certain areas of disagreement and set forth the Parties’ respective positions on such areas.
3.
On 8 January 2018, the Tribunal ruled as follows concerning the areas of disagreement:

“1. The Tribunal considers that, in the absence of ‘unforeseen and very material evidence’, being the phrase used by Ms Gehring Flores in submissions on 6 June 2017, any further application for bifurcation by Panama would be contrary to the spirit of the undertaking given by her at that time. Accordingly the Tribunal makes no order at this stage in relation to the possibility of bifurcation.

2. The Tribunal approves and adopts the Timetable proposed by Panama, and largely agreed by Bridgestone, in relation to the Non-Bifurcated Scenario, save that the Rejoinder is to be delivered by 22 April 2019.

3. The Tribunal provisionally directs that the hearing shall take place over a 5 day period in July 2019 and invites the parties to indicate their availability during that period by 19 January 2018.

4.The decision whether or not to order pre-hearing skeletons will be taken at the pre-hearing organisational meeting.

5.The Tribunal will incorporate these directions in a formal Procedural Order once the hearing date is determined.”

4.
On 10 January 2018, the Respondent advised the Tribunal of the weeks during the month of July in which it was available, adding that “Respondent and its counsel understand that determination of the length of the hearing may be premature and should remain subject to future discussion after fuller framing of the issues through the filing of Claimants full Memorial on the merits and the Respondent’s response.”
5.
On 16 January 2018, the Claimants advised the Tribunal of their availability throughout July 2019.
6.
The Tribunal issues the present Procedural Order to memorialize its prior ruling concerning the Procedural Calendar for the remainder of this proceeding, and to set forth the Hearing dates.

II. ORDER

7.
The Tribunal confirms and incorporates in this Order the rulings made by letter dated 8 January 2018. The Procedural Calendar reflecting the Tribunal’s rulings is incorporated as Annex A of this Order.
8.
With regard to the Hearing date, in light of the Parties’ communications of 10 and 16 January 2018, the Tribunal decides that the Hearing shall be scheduled from Monday, 29 July to Friday, 2 August 2019. In light of the observations received concerning the fluidity of the number of days needed, the Tribunal further directs that the weekend (3-4 August 2019) be also held in reserve as a precaution. The Parties are requested to advise the Tribunal no later 30 days following the Rejoinder (i.e. by 22 May 2019) whether the total number of days reserved (7) will be required.
9.
The Tribunal observes that the Parties’ proposed calendar did not contemplate an eventual “non-disputing Party” written submission by the United States of America (“U.S.”) pursuant to Article 10.20.2 of the TPA. The Parties are invited to confer and jointly suggest to the Tribunal a proposed deadline for such submission to take place, should the U.S. decide to file one. The Parties are asked to revert to the Tribunal no later than 6 February 2018. The Tribunal will subsequently notify the U.S. of such deadline, and of the dates established for the Hearing.
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