The arbitral tribunal issued the Procedural Order, which set the deadline for submission of a Memorandum by Ukraine
As a result of procedural hearing on 21 November 2019, on 22 November 2019, the Arbitral Tribunal issued the Procedural Order, which set 22 May 2019 as the deadline for submission of a Memorandum by Ukraine.
The arbitral tribunal did not support the position of the RF on completely confidential consideration of the case.
Instead, the arbitral tribunal agreed with Ukraine's position on its transparency and determined that the written positions of the parties would be made public at the beginning of the public hearings; agents' speeches will be also public; and decisions on public access to the other hearings will be made by the arbitral tribunal a day before the hearings.
In addition, Russia strongly objected against the inclusion of a reference to Ukrainian servicemen in the title of the case.
Instead, the arbitral tribunal supported Ukraine's position on the need to reflect in the title of the case not only Russia's violation of international law, but also the fact that this dispute concerns our sailors who spent 9 months in prison.
In accordance with the decision of the Tribunal, the title of the case is now “Dispute concerning the detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen on board”.