[ALAC] Consensus Call: ALAC Liaisons for 2017-18

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Aug 16 02:51:08 UTC 2017

Following consultation with ALAC Members and with 
our current Liaisons, this is Consensus Call on 
how to address our Liaisons to the GNSO, ccNSO, 
SSAC and GAC for the year beginning at the end of 
ICANN60 to be held in Abu Dhabi.

Our current Liaisons are:

GNSO: Cheryl Langdon-Orr
GAC: Yrjö Länsipuro
ccNSO: Maureen Hilyard
SSAC: Julie Hammer

All four are serving the ALAC well. Cheryl and 
Yrjö, both having served just one term (plus 
several months for Yrjö) and have agreed, with 
the support of the ALAC, to continue in their 
roles. Maureen and Julie have both indicated that 
they wish to step down from their Liaison roles. 
In the case of the ccNSO, we expect the 
identification and training of a replacement to 
take a significant number of months, during which 
time Maureen will stay on as Liaison. In the case 
of the SSAC, as Julie will become the new 
Vice-Chair of the SSAC in January, she would like 
to step down as soon as practical, but has agreed 
to serve for the first months of the ICANN year 
if a replacement has not been named by then.

In all four cases and in accordance with ALAC RoP 
18.2 (See 
and reproduced at the end of this message), I am 
proposing that the ALAC re-appoint the current Liaisons.

In parallel with this we will also begin the 
process of identifying a replacement for both Maureen and Julie.


A set of qualifications will be assembled and a 
call will be issued for volunteers interested in 
serving as the ALAC Liaison to the ccNSO. 
Depending on the number of candidates, either 
Maureen will work with the candidates (with the 
permission of the ccNSO) and ultimately makes a 
recommendation or set of recommendations on the 
future ccNSO Liaison. If there are too many 
candidates, the ALAC Appointee Selection 
Committee (AASC) working with Maureen will select 
a sub-set for Maureen to mentor. This process 
will continue into the coming year, but the 
success we had with a similar process last time 
there was a change in ccNSO Liaison indicates 
that it is worth the time and effort.


A set of qualifications will be assembled and a 
call will be issued for volunteers. The list of 
candidates will go to the AASC who, with Julie's 
assistance, will select no more than two 
potential candidates. Those selected will be 
forwarded to the SSAC (ratified by the ALAC). If 
the SSAC decides to admit one person to the SSAC, 
that person is our SSAC Liaison. If the SSAC 
selects more than one, this subset of people 
returns the AASC for final selection. Due to the 
number of steps and the requirement for the SSAC 
Membership Committee and the SSAC to meet, this 
may or may not happen prior to the end of ICANN60.

With this message, I am initiating a Consensus 
Call of the ALAC to ratify the above recommendations.

This Consensus Call will end at 23:59 UTC on Monday, 21 August 2017.

If there are any questions of comments, please 
direct them to either this list or to me directly.

Although messages indicating support are welcome, 
they are not necessary. This Consensus Call will 
be deemed to have succeeded in the absence of 
significant opposition (greater than 20% as specified by ALAC RoP



ALAC Rules of Procedure

18.1 Appointments of At-Large Appointees to 
various bodies both inside and outside of ICANN 
will be made by the ALAC. Such appointments will 
normally be initiated by a call for volunteers, 
posted by the Chair/Staff to the Approved 
Distribution Lists, and on other lists if 
appropriate, allowing at least seven days for 
people to volunteer. The decision regarding 
appointments is typically made via Consensus. 
However, the Chair will initiate a secret ballot 
to determine which candidate is to be appointed 
if Consensus cannot be reached or if this is requested by any ALAC Member.

18.2 By the decision of the ALAC, a current 
Appointee who is willing to continue in that role 
may be reconfirmed instead of initiating a new selection process.

18.3 In the case of selections requiring complex 
criteria evaluation, the ALAC may choose to form 
a sub-committee to carry out the analysis and to 
make recommendations to the ALAC based on that analysis.

18.4 For situations where the ALAC is not 
empowered to make appointments but rather to 
endorse one or more candidates, essentially the 
same process as described here for appointments 
should be used, but with the outcome being an endorsement.
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