[CCWG-ACCT] Timeline for WS1 Bylaws

Mathieu Weill mathieu.weill at afnic.fr
Wed Mar 9 17:38:00 UTC 2016

Hello everyone,


This is a brief update on the next steps for our work on drafting bylaws
to implement the CCWG report. The timeline is tight. Read on to see why.


At our meeting on Friday we discussed the iterative approach for bylaws
drafting, with the co-chairs and rapporteurs forming a first line triage
team to check consistency between the draft Bylaws and the CCWG Final
Report. Then the documents will be public for CCWG scrutiny and comment
before being updated.


We didn't have a view about timing on Friday other than that it would have
to be soon. Now we have some more information on that.


We co-chairs were joined by rapporteurs at a dinner on Monday night which
included CWG reps, Board members and ICANN staff. The purpose was to make
sure the implementation process is well coordinated between the groups in
the coming weeks. 


Larry Strickling was at the dinner, and he set out his thoughts about
timeframes. An important piece of information from him was that the
N.T.I.A. won't complete its review and assessment of the proposal until
the bylaws that implement them are in place (with commencement happening


NTIA has said publicly that it plans to complete its report within about
90 days of receiving the Stewardship and Accountability proposals on 10
March, presuming that the Chartering Organisations approve our proposal.
That is because they wish to give the U.S. Congress a suitable period of
time to consider their report before the Congress goes into recess for the
summer on 15 July. 


Taking these two points together, it means we need to fit the following
steps and *rough* dates together:


Friday 8 April:     CCWG finishes draft bylaws


then            Board approves draft bylaws for public comment


Friday 15 April:    Open Public Comment for bylaws 


Sunday 15 May:     Close Public Comment for bylaws


then            Follow up changes to draft Bylaws based on public comments


                   CCWG sign off of final draft bylaws


Tuesday 31 May:    Board approves draft bylaws


In our view, this timeframe is tight but manageable. 


We are in discussion with our external Counsel about how to progress the
draft Bylaws over the next couple of weeks. They have some ideas that
include intensive discussions with ICANN legal, who know the bylaws well,
and will be working on the quick production of a first draft set of


The Implementation Oversight Team will do a very rapid turnaround on the
draft, and get it out to you asap, along with a note from our lawyers to
confirm compliance with our report.  Our intention is that there is at
least four days and preferably a week for review and comments for CCWG
members and participants. Then the draft bylaws  will be finalised taking
those comments into account, and given to the Board who we expect will
rapidly put them out for public comment.


It's important for us all to see this as a translation exercise: turning
our Proposal into Bylaws. Because of the work we have all done, the
intention of the Proposal is clear. Turning that into draft Bylaws
language should be reasonably straightforward, and if there are areas of
dispute and disagreement, they should be few. 


We will have the chance to discuss this schedule at our implementation
meeting on Thursday, but we invite you to consider the draft schedule
above, the realities driving it, and to discuss all this in the lead up to
our meeting.




Mathieu, Thomas and Leon.


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