[CCWG-ACCT] [community-finance] Updated IANA Stewardship Transition Expenses Information as of 31 December 2015

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Tue Mar 1 15:46:04 UTC 2016

I have heard many long-time members of the ICANN community opine that Jones Day, in coordination with the General Counsel (who is a former Jones Day attorney), wields decisive behind-the-scenes power within ICANN.

The issue is not cost, or quality of the legal work, but a persistent mindset regarding the interplay between the Corporation and the Community.

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Subject: Re: [community-finance] Updated IANA Stewardship Transition Expenses Information as of 31 December 2015


Thanks for sharing this information. It’s useful, though I suspect it’ll raise as many questions as it answers.

One thing I did notice was in relation to the legal fees. Doing some back of the envelope calculations and noting how much ICANN generally spends on legal fees one question did come to mind, and this in relation to ICANN’s overall budgeting.
How often does ICANN change law firms?
Has ICANN ever changed law firms? As far as I can tell Jones Day has been doing ICANN’s legal work since ICANN’s formation
Has ICANN ever put its external legal work out to any form of tender?

While I know that people can argue that legal advice is not purely a numbers game, I’m also pretty sure that there are other law firms out that that would provide a similar service and potentially at a lower price. And my comments are no reflection on the quality of Jones Day’s work, but considering how much ICANN pays is legal fees per year I think it’s a question someone should ask.



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Subject: [community-finance] Updated IANA Stewardship Transition Expenses Information as of 31 December 2015

Dear all,

Please find below a link to the quarterly update as of 31 December 2015 of the IANA Stewardship transition projects expenses. This update provides for the project’s costs from 1 July 2014 until 31 December 2015 (18 months).


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.


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