Preamble

Whereas the Parties place prime importance on the integrity and impartiality of proceedings conducted pursuant to Chapters 19 and 20 of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America, this Code of Conduct is hereby established to ensure that these principles are respected.

Interpretation

A. In this Code of Conduct,

"Agreement" means the North American Free Trade Agreement;

"assistant" means a person who, under the terms of appointment of a member, conducts research or provides support for the member;

"candidate" means

(a) an individual whose name appears on a roster or list established under Article 1414, Annex 1901.2 or 1904.13 or Article 2009,

(b) an individual who is under consideration for appointment as a member of a panel pursuant to Annex 1901.2 or Article 1903, 1904 or 2011, or

(c) an individual who is under consideration for appointment as a member of a committee pursuant to Annex 1904.13 or Article 1905;

"member" means

(a) a member of a panel constituted pursuant to Annex 1901.2 or Article 1414, 1903, 1904, 2008 or 2011,

(b) a member of an extraordinary challenge committee constituted pursuant to Annex 1904.13, or

(c) a member of a special committee constituted pursuant to Article 1905;

"participant" has the meaning assigned in the Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews;

"Party" means a Party to the Agreement;

"proceeding", unless otherwise specified, means

(a) a panel review under Article 1903 or 1904,

(b) an extraordinary challenge proceeding under Annex 1904.13,

(c) a special committee proceeding under Article 1905,

(d) a panel proceeding under Chapter 20, or

(e) a proceeding in a dispute arising under Chapter 11 or 14 to which Chapter 20 applies;

"Secretariat" means the Secretariat established pursuant to Article 2002; and

"staff", in respect of a member, means persons under the direction and control of the member, other than assistants.

B. Any reference made in this Code of Conduct to an Article, Annex or Chapter is a reference to the appropriate Article, Annex or Chapter of the Agreement.