​Washington, D.C., January 30, 2004. On December 30, 2003, the Tribunal adopted the procedures for non-disputing party participation set out in part B of the Statement of the NAFTA Free Trade Commission on such participation. The Tribunal adopted these procedures in line with the understanding of the disputing parties as set out in a letter of October 31, 2003 to the Tribunal from counsel for the Claimant. The Tribunal's decision on the procedures for non-disputing party participation is set forth below with links to the Free Trade Commission's Statement and the above-mentioned letter.

"The Tribunal has reviewed the NAFTA Free Trade Commission's statement on non-disputing party participation and Mr Dugan's letter dated 31st October 2003 sent on behalf of both Disputing Parties. 

In the circumstances, the Tribunal will adopt the procedures set out in part B of the Commission's statement in line with the understanding of the Disputing Parties, as set out in Mr Dugan's letter; and to this effect the Tribunal will communicate with the existing 'amici' and also arrange for a notice to be published promptly to the same effect." (links added)

Under the procedures referred to above, any non-disputing party that is a person of a Party, or that has a significant presence in the territory of a Party, that wishes to file a written submission with the Tribunal may apply for leave from the Tribunal to file such a submission. The applicant must attach the submission to the application, and submit the application so as to be received no later than Monday, March 1, 2004 by 5 p.m. EST to:

The Tribunal
(Methanex v. U.S.A.)
c/o The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
MSN: MC 6-611
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20433

The application and the attached submission must be submitted in hard copy accompanied, if possible, by a disc.