A. RESPONDENT’S REQUEST AND THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL’S RESPONSE
1. Pursuant to Procedural Order No. 7, the Arbitral Tribunal decided to modify the schedule for submissions on the merits. However, such extension did not apply to the schedule for submissions on jurisdiction foreseen in Procedural Order No. 6.
Accordingly, the schedule for submissions on the merits as well as on jurisdiction was set as follows:
a) On 5 October 2012, the Respondent shall file a Response on the merits;
b) On 15 October 2012, the Claimants shall file a Counter-Memorial on Jurisdiction;
c) On 31 October 2012, the Respondent may file a Reply on Jurisdiction;
d) If a Reply has been filed, the Claimants may file a Rejoinder on Jurisdiction on 15 November 2012;
e) Once the Parties have fully pleaded the jurisdictional issues in accordance with the above schedule, the Tribunal will decide whether (i) to bifurcate the proceedings and hold specific hearings on the jurisdictional issues, (ii) to refuse the requested bifurcation and therefore to decide on its own jurisdiction following the scheduled hearings on the merits, or (iii) to decide on its jurisdiction without the need for any hearing;