On 25 March 2020, the Secretariat, on behalf of the Arbitral Council, having regard to both point 1 of Annex A to the Arbitration Rules and Article 36.3 of the Arbitration Rules, supplements its provision dated 12 March 2020 as follows.
In view of the extraordinary and urgent measures adopted in order to counter and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, any procedural deadlines, including the time limit to file arbitral awards, as well as any other deadline provided for in the Arbitration Rules, are suspended from 16 March 2020 until 15 April 2020. Where the deadline starts during this period of suspension, its start shall be postponed until 16 April 2020. With particular reference to arbitral awards, once the suspension is lifted, the remaining time limit for the deposit, if shorter, is extended to 30 days.
Arbitral hearings scheduled from 16 March 2020 until 15 April 2020 shall be postponed ex officio to a date later than 15 April 2020.
Arbitral Tribunals, if constituted, are invited to decide as soon as possible the assignment of any new deadlines for the filing of pleadings and the new scheduling of hearings to be postponed.
All the above is without prejudice to the right of the Arbitral Tribunal and the parties to decide otherwise, without prejudice to respect for public order.