[NA-Discuss] Fwd: [ALAC] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of the Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track

Eduardo Diaz eduardodiazrivera at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 15:42:10 UTC 2020




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*Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of the Intergovernmental
Organization (IGO) Work Track

26 October 2020

LOS ANGELES – 26 October 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization
(GNSO) is seeking expressions of interest for a chair of the
Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track, a subteam within an
ongoing Policy Development Process (PDP) to review all trademark-related
rights protection mechanisms at the second level of the domain name system.
The GNSO Council intends to appoint a single, neutral chair to the IGO Work
Track. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is 30 November 2020
at 23:59 UTC.

Candidates interested in serving in this role should review the Expressions
of Interest document <https://newsalerts.icann.org/L202ER0020bc0CN8g0P0d0N>
before submission. The document includes the following information:

   - Description of the role
   - Required or highly preferred skills
   - Required or highly preferred experience
   - Time commitment
   - Selection process and criteria

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to gnso-secs at icann.org
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/wR8EN0dCP0000g2O0022c0c>. By submitting your
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Background on the Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track

IGOs may face certain challenges when using existing second-level domain
name dispute resolution processes to protect their acronyms from misuse
(i.e. curative rights). After much consideration, a GNSO International
Governmental Organization (IGO) – International Non-governmental
Organization (INGO) PDP Working Group has recommended that, in the
admittedly rare case where the below conditions are met, the original
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) or Uniform Rapid
Suspension (URS) panel decision is to be set aside:

   1. An IGO has prevailed in a UDRP or URS proceeding.
   2. The losing registrant files suit in a court of competent jurisdiction.
   3. The IGO successfully claims immunity from the jurisdiction of that

Assuming an IGO is able to avail itself of the UDRP process, the effect of
this recommendation is that the parties to the dispute will be placed in
the original situation as if the UDRP or URS proceeding had never been

During the GNSO Council's deliberations over the final PDP recommendations,
concerns were expressed as to whether this particular recommendation will:

   - Require a substantive modification to the UDRP and URS
   (notwithstanding that these two dispute resolution procedures are currently
   under consideration in the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms PDP).
   - Result in a potential reduction of the existing level of curative
   protections currently available to IGOs (notwithstanding the fact that the
   Access to Curative Rights PDP had been chartered to determine "whether to
   amend the UDRP and URS to allow access to and use of these mechanisms by
   IGOs and INGOs …or whether a separate, narrowly-tailored dispute resolution
   procedure at the second level modeled on the UDRP and URS that takes into
   account the particular needs and specific circumstances of IGOs and INGOs
   should be developed").

Consequently, the GNSO Council did not approve this particular
recommendation and tasked the IGO Work Track to develop an appropriate
policy solution. This solution should be consistent with the other
recommendations in the PDP Final Report
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/n0Cg0fR022NP0ER08200dc0> and:

   - Account for the possibility that an IGO may enjoy jurisdictional
   immunity in certain circumstances.
   - Leave intact the right and ability of registrants to file judicial
   proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction whether following a
   UDRP/URS case or otherwise.
   - Recognize that the existence and scope of IGO jurisdictional immunity
   in any particular situation is a legal issue to be determined by a court of
   competent jurisdiction (see

More Information

   - Addendum to the Review of All RPMs in All gTLDs PDP Charter creating
   the new IGO Work Track –
   - Project page for the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection
   Mechanisms PDP –


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