CHAPTER IV PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL
LAW OR RULES OF LAW APPLICABLE TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE DISPUTE
29.1 The parties may agree upon the law or rules of law to be applied by the arbitral tribunal to the substance of the dispute. 29.2 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. 29.3 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.
CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES
30.1 The arbitral tribunal shall arrange a case management conference with the parties as soon as possible, in principle within 21 days from the date on which the arbitral tribunal received the case file from the Institute. The purpose of the case management conference is to agree on the conduct and timetable of the proceedings so as to ensure the fairness, expeditiousness and costefficiency of the arbitration. The arbitral tribunal may refrain from arranging a case management conference only in exceptional circumstances if it determines that a case management conference is unnecessary. 30.2 The arbitral tribunal may, after consulting with the parties, arrange one or more additional case management conferences in the course of the proceedings when deemed appropriate. 30.3 Any case management 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.
31.1 During or following the case management conference referred to in Article 30.1, the arbitral tribunal shall establish the procedural timetable for the conduct of the arbitration. Where 30