Termination of the Proceeding
Objections to Competence
(1) The Commission shall have the power to rule on its competence.
(2) Any objection that the dispute is not within the competence of the
Commission, shall be filed by a party with the Secretary-General as soon
as possible after the constitution of the Commission and in any event
no later than in its first written statement or at the first hearing if
that occurs earlier, unless the facts on which the objection is based
are unknown to the party at that time.
(3) The Commission may on its own initiative consider, at any stage of
the proceeding, whether the dispute before it is within its competence.
(4) Upon the formal raising of an objection, the proceeding on the merits
shall be suspended. The Commission may deal with the objection as a preliminary
question or join it to the merits of the dispute. If the Commission overrules
the objection or joins it to the merits, the proceedings on the merits
shall be resumed. If the Commission decides that the dispute is not within
its competence, it shall close the proceeding and draw up a report to
that effect, in which it shall state its reasons.
Closure of the Proceeding
(1) If one party fails to appear or participate in the proceeding, the
Commission shall, after notice to the parties, close the proceeding and
draw up its report noting the reference of the dispute to conciliation
and recording the failure of that party to appear or participate.
(2) If at any stage of the proceeding it appears to the Commission that
there is no likelihood of settlement between the parties, the Commission
shall, after notice to the parties, close the proceeding and draw up its
report noting the reference of the dispute to conciliation and recording
the failure of the parties to reach a settlement.
(3) If the parties reach agreement on the issues in dispute, the Commission
shall close the proceeding and draw up its report noting the issues in
dispute and recording that the parties have reached agreement. At the
request of the parties, the report shall record the detailed terms and
conditions of their agreement.
(4) Except as the parties otherwise agree, neither party to a conciliation
proceeding may in any other proceeding before arbitrators, courts or otherwise
invoke or rely on any views expressed or statements or admissions or offers
of settlement made by the other party in the conciliation proceeding,
or the report or any recommendations made by the Commission.
(1) The report of the Commission shall be drawn up and signed as soon
as possible after the closure of the proceeding. It shall contain, in
addition to the material specified in Article 37 of these Rules, as appropriate:
(a) a precise designation of each party;
(b) a description of the method of constitution of the Commission;
(c) the names of the members of the Commission, and an identification
of the appointing authority of each;
(d) the names of the agents, counsel and advocates of the parties;
(e) the dates and place of the sittings of the Commission; and
(f) a summary of the proceeding.
(2) The report shall also record any agreement of the parties, referred
to in Article 37(4) of these Rules.
(3) The report shall be signed by the members of the Commission; the
date of each signature shall be indicated. The fact that a member refuses
to sign the report shall be recorded therein.
Communication of the Report
(1) Upon signature of the last conciliator to sign, the Secretary-General
(a) authenticate the original text of the report and deposit it in
the archives of the Secretariat; and
(b) dispatch a certified copy of the report to each party, indicating
the date of dispatch on the original text and on all copies.
(2) The Secretary-General shall, upon request, make available to a party
additional certified copies of the report.