Title III: Procedure
Chapter I: General Rules
1. The official languages of the Commission shall be English and French.
2. The President may authorise a member to speak in another language.
3. The President may permit the use by a party or a person representing that party of a
language other than English or French, either in hearings or documents. Any such document
shall be submitted in an original and at least two copies.
4. The Secretary is authorised, in correspondence with an applicant, to employ a
language other than English or French.
The High Contracting Parties shall be represented before the Commission by their agents
who may have the assistance of advisers.
1. Persons, non-governmental organisations, or groups of individuals, may present and
conduct applications under Article 25 of the Convention on their own behalf or through a
representative appointed under paragraph 2 of this Rule.
2. Any such applicant may appoint, and be represented in proceedings before the
Commission by, a lawyer or any other person, resident in a Convention country, unless the
Commission at any stage decides otherwise.
3. Any such applicant or representative shall appear in person before the Commission:
a. to present the application in a hearing fixed by the Commission; or
b. for any other purpose, if invited by the Commission.
4. In the other provisions of these Rules the term "applicant" shall, where
appropriate, include the applicant's representative.
The Commission shall deal with applications in the order in which they become ready for
examination. It may, however, decide to give precedence to a particular application.
1. The Commission may, proprio motu or at the request of a party, take any action which
it considers expedient or necessary for the proper performance of its duties under the
2. The Commission may delegate one or more of its members to take any such action in
its name, and in particular to hear witnesses or experts, to examine documents or to visit
any locality. Such member or members shall duly report to the Commission.
3. In case of urgency when the Commission is not in session, the President of the
Commission or, if he is prevented from carrying out his duties, the President of either
Chamber, may take any necessary action on behalf of the Commission. As soon as the
Commission is again in session, any action which has been taken under this paragraph shall
be brought to its attention.
The Commission may, if it considers necessary, order the joinder of two or more
The Commission, or when it is not in session, the President may indicate to the parties
any interim measure the adoption of which seems desirable in the interest of the parties
or the proper conduct of the proceedings before it.