Hela Schwarz GmbH v People's Republic of China - ICSID Case No. ARB/17/19 - Procedural Order No 7 Decision on the Rescheduling of the Hearing - 27 January 2022
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27. The Tribunal recalls that this matter was originally scheduled for a hearing between 22 June to 1 July 2020, a hearing that was vacated in consequence of COVID-19 health and travel-related concerns and restrictions and the Partiesí agreed preference for an in-person hearing. The subsequent re-scheduling of the hearing between 5-16 July 2021 was vacated for the same reasons.
28. Having regard to the availability of both Parties in the period 3-11 December 2022, and mindful that this will be almost five-and-a-half years since the claim was first registered by ICSID, the Tribunal directs that a hearing in this matter be scheduled for the period 3- 11 December 2022, with final hearing dates within this window to be determined in due course, having regard to a priority to be given to hearing dates on 5-9 December 2022.
29. The Tribunal further directs that, save in the case of agreement by the Parties to the contrary, or to circumstances of force majeure, the hearing now scheduled for 3-11 December 2022 will take place in either an in-person or a video format, the format of the hearing to be determined closer to the hearing date in the light of the prevailing circumstances.