Conciliation proceedings, in accordance with the DIS Conciliation Rules, are initiated by sending a written request to the opposing party.
The conciliation proceedings begin when the opposing party informs the DIS Main Secretariat of its willingness to participate in the proceedings and the applicant pays the DIS registration fee. If the opposing party rejects the applicant’s request, does not reply in due time or if the DIS registration fee is not paid, the conciliation proceedings do not take place.
The parties may jointly choose and appoint a sole conciliator, or any number of conciliators the parties have agreed. In proceedings involving three conciliators, each party appoints one conciliator and the two party-appointed conciliators appoint the third conciliator. If the parties fail to appoint a conciliator within one month, each party may request the appointment of conciliator by the DIS Main Secretariat. The DIS may propose names of potential conciliators to any party upon request.
The conciliator, in consultation with the parties, determines the details of the proceedings. The conciliator supports the parties in an impartial and independent manner to resolve the dispute amicably. If the parties so wish, at any stage of the proceedings the conciliators may make proposals for the settlement of the dispute. The proposals made by the conciliator do not need to be reasoned. If the parties reach an agreement during conciliation proceedings, the conciliator records the result in writing.
Conciliation proceedings are terminated when the parties have settled their dispute or when the parties are unable to reach agreement. Either party may declare the conciliation proceedings terminated at any stage without having to provide justification for the termination.