[council] Expert Recommended Improvements to ICANN's Accountability Structures

Glen de Saint Géry Glen at icann.org
Tue Oct 30 13:50:21 UTC 2012

Expert Recommended Improvements to ICANN's Accountability Structures
Comment/Reply Periods (*)

Important Information Links

Comment Open:

26 October 2012

Comment Close:

16 November 2012

Close Time (UTC):

23:59 UTC

Public Comment Announcement<https://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-26oct12-en.htm>

Reply Open:

17 November 2012

To Submit Your Comments (Forum)<mailto:asep-recommendations at icann.org>

Reply Close:

8 December 2012

View Comments Submitted<http://forum.icann.org/lists/asep-recommendations/>

Close Time (UTC):

23:59 UTC

Report of Public Comments

Brief Overview

Originating Organization:




Purpose (Brief):

To receive comments on the recommended enhancements to ICANN's Reconsideration Process and Independent Review Process provided by the Accountability Structures Expert Panel (ASEP). The ASEP, that was formed in fulfillment of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team Recommendations 23 and 25, developed these recommendations after a series of work sessions and discussions at ICANN's public meeting in Toronto. ICANN is also providing draft Bylaws revisions that would give effect to the ASEP's recommendations.

Current Status:

The ASEP Recommendations and corresponding proposed Bylaws revisions are ready for community consideration and input.

Next Steps:

The community input will be provided to the ASEP to consider if refinement is needed. The ASEP's recommendations and the community input will be provided to the Board for consideration.

Staff Contact:

Samantha Eisner, Senior Counsel


Samantha.Eisner at icann.org<mailto:samantha.eisner at icann.org?subject=More%20information%20on%20the%20Expert%20Recommended%20Improvements%20to%20ICANN%27s%20Accountability%20Structures%20public%20comment%20period>

Detailed Information

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

Recommendations 23 and 25 of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team called for ICANN to convene a group of experts to review ICANN's accountability structures, including the Reconsideration Process and the Independent Review Process. In response, ICANN convened the Accountability Structures Expert Panel (ASEP). The ASEP is comprised of three international experts in the fields of corporate governance, accountability, judicial review and international dispute resolution.

The ASEP has produced a report containing recommended enhancements and refinements to ICANN's Reconsideration Process and Independent Review Panel, with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, ease of access and expeditious resolution, as well as maintaining and enhancing ICANN's accountability to the community and the global public interest. Prior to issuing the report, the ASEP has maintained an open comment period and interacted with the community at ICANN's public meeting in Toronto.

In the event that the ASEP's recommendations are accepted by the Board, the ICANN Bylaws will have to be amended to give effect to the recommendations. To that end, proposed Bylaws amendments are also provide for community review and comment.

Section II: Background

ICANN's Reconsideration and Independent Review Processes have been in place for a number of years. Information on the current Reconsideration Process is available at http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/governance/reconsideration<https://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/governance/reconsideration>, and documentation of the two Independent Review Processes to date is available at http://www.icann.org/en/news/irp<https://www.icann.org/en/news/irp>.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

ICANN is seeking comment on the following documents:

 *   ASEP Report<https://www.icann.org/en/news/in-focus/accountability/asep/report-26oct12-en.pdf> [PDF, 1.39 MB];
 *   Proposed Bylaws Revisions for the Reconsideration Process<https://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws/proposed-bylaw-revision-reconsideration-26oct12-en.pdf> [PDF, 113 KB]; and
 *   Proposed Bylaws Revisions for the Independent Review Process<https://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws/proposed-bylaw-revision-irp-26oct12-en.pdf> [PDF, 93 KB] and corresponding Cooperative Engagement Process for Independent Review<https://www.icann.org/en/news/irp/proposed-cep-26oct12-en.pdf> [PDF, 36 KB].

Section IV: Additional Information


(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat
gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org<mailto:gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org>

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