UDRP Review and Evaluation, Terms of Reference

UDRP Review and Evaluation, Terms of Reference

20 June 2001, v0

UDRP Review and Evaluation

Terms of Reference


The ICANN Board resolved at its October 24, 1999 special meeting to proceed with the implementation of a uniform dispute resolution policy (UDRP) set forth in its Resolution 99.81 using the implementation documents approved in its Resolution 99.112 (see http://www.icann.org/minutes/minutes-24oct99.htm).


The ICANN Board further resolved that the President and General Counsel of ICANN monitor the ongoing operation of the administrative dispute–resolution mechanism described in Paragraph 4 of the UDRP and to make such adjustments to the UDRP’s implementation from time to time as they determine appropriate, including adjustments to the terms and extent of provisional approval of dispute-resolution service providers.[1]


The DNSO Names Council has since adopted in its 2001-2002 business plan a review and evaluation of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy, and the establishment of an Interim Committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force or other group to conduct such review and evaluation (see http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/2001-02.NCbusinessplan.html).  The interim committee consists of the following Names Council members:  Caroline Chicoine (IP), Milton Mueller (NCDNH), Oscar Alejandro Robles Garay (CCTLD), Miriam Sapiro[2] (gTLD) and Ken Stubbs (Registrar).  The interim committee has met via e-mail and their discussions are archived at http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/tor-udrp/Arc00/maillist.html. Based on these discussions, the Interim Committee proposes the following UDRP review and evaluation schedule:


June 29 – August 14


The interim committee shall constitute a Task Force to create a questionnaire to solicit public comment through a bottom up, consensus-building DNSO process regarding various aspects of the existing UDRP.  The Task Force shall work on the basis of consensus and not majority vote.  However, to the extent no consensus can be reasonably reached on an item, majority vote shall rule with all dissenting views being made of record.


The interim committee shall solicit one individual from each of the following interest groups to be a part of this Task Force:


Business Constituency

ccTLD Constituency

gTLD Constituency

IP Constituency

ISP Constituency

NCDNH Constituency

Registrar Constituency

Complainant (or representative)

CPR Panelist

CPR Provider

eResolution Panelist

eResolution Provider

NAF Panelist

NAF Provider

Respondent (or representative)

WIPO Panelist

WIPO Provider

GA Member not already included in any of the above groups

Independent ADR expert


Once constituted, the Task Force shall seek a volunteer to Chair the Task Force.  If only one individual volunteers, he or she will be deemed the Chair.  If more than each member of the Task Force shall cast one vote for one of the volunteers with the person receiving the most votes being deemed the Chair.


The questionnaire shall be created with an eye toward identifying potential areas for reform, including without limitation:


·         forum shopping

·         publication of complaints and answers

·         appeals

·         reverse domain name hijacking

·         quality of decisions

·         speed of decisions

·         precedential affect of decisions within and outside of UDRP

·         costs

·         continuity of decisions among and within panels

·         res judicata effect of decisions within and outside the UDRP

·         requirements for bad faith (i.e., domain name registration and/or use)

·         fairness of Provider’s supplemental rules

·         ability to amend complaint


While the questionnaire will be in English, to the extent feasible, the Task Force will attempt to have it translated in other languages.


August 15 – September 15


Questionnaire submitted to public for response at least via ICANN’s website, and via each UDRP provider’s website where permitted.


August 15 – October 31


Task Force reviews results of questionnaire, as well as any third party studies directed to the UDRP including without limitation the Syracuse University study, the Max Plank Institute study and the Rose Communication study.  Based on the results of the questionnaire and those studies, the Task Force shall prepare a Report summarizing the areas identified as needing reform and the recommendations to implement such reform.  Again, the Task Force will attempt to translate this Report from English into as many other languages as possible.


November 1- November 11


The Task Force’s Report forwarded to Names Council for review.


November 12

Names Council votes on Report at ICANN’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.


November 13 – December 13


Task Force creates implementation schedule.


[1] The Board also resolved to request the General Counsel, with the assistance of staff, to prepare a summary of matters arising in the drafting process that should be considered as possible future refinements to the UDRP and to transmit that list to the DNSO for its study of those maters, with a view toward submission to the Board for the year 2000 of any recommendations the DNSO may have for such refinements.  To date, the DNSO has not received such a summary.

[2] Miriam Sapiro is substituting for Roger Cochetti.