The party wishing to initiate expertise proceedings (applicant) in accordance with the DIS Rules on Expertise shall file a written request with the DIS Main Secretariat. A copy of the request shall be sent to the other party. Upon filing the request, the applicant shall pay the DIS procedural fee.
The expertise proceedings commence upon receipt of the request (in two copies) by the DIS Main Secretariat, provided the applicant has paid the procedural fee on time.
Unless agreed otherwise by the parties, the expert opinion is prepared by a single expert. The expert must be impartial and independent. The parties shall jointly agree on and nominate the expert within two weeks after commencement of the proceedings. If the parties have not agreed on the expert within the time limit, each party may request the nomination of an expert by the Appointing Committee of the DIS. The DIS may propose names of potential experts to any party upon request.
The parties are allowed to state their case in written submissions. Additionally, an oral hearing can be organised if requested by the parties. The expert can organise the proceedings at his/her discretion and may request the submission of further statements, carry out a site inspection and submit proposals for an amicable settlement.
The expertise proceedings are terminated once the parties have received the expert opinion, or in case of a partial decision, with the receipt of the final decision. However, the expertise proceedings shall end no later than six months after their commencement, unless both parties have agreed to an extension.