(1) Judges shall be appointed pursuant to the procedure set out in Article 16 of the Agreement.
(2) Vacancies shall be publicly advertised and shall indicate the relevant eligibility criteria as set out in Article 2. The Advisory Committee shall give an opinion on candidates’ suitability to perform the duties of a judge of the Court. The opinion shall comprise a list of most suitable candidates. The list shall contain at least twice as many candidates as there are vacancies. Where necessary, the Advisory Committee may recommend that, prior to the decision on the appointment, a candidate judge receive training in patent litigation pursuant to Article 11(4)(a).
(3) When appointing judges, the Administrative Committee shall ensure the best legal and technical expertise and a balanced
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