CHAPTER IV PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL
accompanied by a translation into the language of the arbitration.
LAW OR RULES OF LAW APPLICABLE TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE DISPUTE
28.1 The parties may agree upon the law or rules of law to be applied by the arbitral tribunal to the substance of the dispute. 28.2 In the absence of any agreement by the parties, the arbitral tribunal shall apply the law or rules of law which it determines to be appropriate. 28.3 The arbitral tribunal shall decide the dispute ex aequo et bono or as amiable compositeur only if the parties have expressly authorised it to do so.
29.1 The arbitral tribunal shall arrange a preparatory conference with the parties at an early stage of the arbitration for the purpose of organising and scheduling the subsequent proceedings and agreeing on a fair and cost-efficient process for the taking of evidence, unless the arbitral tribunal in exceptional circumstances determines that a preparatory conference is unnecessary. 29.2 The arbitral tribunal may, after consulting with the parties, arrange one or more additional preparatory conferences in the course of the proceedings when deemed appropriate. 29.3 Any preparatory conference may be conducted through a meeting in person, by video conference, telephone or similar means of communication. The arbitral tribunal shall determine the means by which the conference will be conducted after consulting with the parties.
30.1 During or following the preparatory conference referred to in Article 29.1, the arbitral tribunal shall establish the procedural timetable for the conduct of the arbitration. Where no preparatory conference has been arranged, the arbitral 31