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The Rules of the Tribunal open with a short preamble which makes reference to article 16 of its Statute. Article 16 of the Statute provides that the Tribunal shall frame rules for carrying out its functions and, in particular, shall lay down rules of procedure. In drafting its rules, the Tribunal took account of the provisions of the Convention and, particularly, those of the Statute. The Statute sets out in broad terms the organization and competence of the Tribunal and its chambers, and the procedure to be followed in cases before them. The Rules consist of a total of 138 articles, which were adopted concurrently in English and French. They set out the organizational structure of the Tribunal, its chambers and the Registry and provide a set of procedural rules for the conduct of a case. The Rules were designed to "ensure the efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly administration of justice".

Keywords: article 16; chambers; Convention; organizational structure; registry; Rules of the Tribunal; Statute



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