Resolution of the ICANN Board
Funding Objection Proceedings
Administration and Budget
Whereas, ICANN committed to fund certain objections by the Independent Objector, governments, and ALAC.
Whereas a total of 27 objections that ICANN committed to fund were filed by the Independent Objector, governments, and ALAC.
Whereas the Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has accepted these objections, estimated the advance payment of costs, and invoiced ICANN.
Whereas, ICANN budgeted the amount needed to fund such objections.
Whereas, the Board Finance Committee recommended that this resolution be passed.
Resolved (2013.07.13.NG01), the New gTLD Program Committee authorizes the President, Generic Domains Division, to disburse all fees necessary to the ICC for the objection proceedings that ICANN committed to fund, which have been filed by the Independent Objector, governments and the ALAC.
Rationale for Resolution:
As part of the new gTLD Program, ICANN made a commitment, as set out in the applicant guidebook, to fund objections on behalf of the Independent Objector, governments (one per government), and ALAC. Twenty-seven objections that ICANN committed to fund have been filed. Given that all of these objections were filed with the same dispute resolution service provider, the Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), the ICC has requested advance payment of fees to administer the proceedings and to pay expert panel members for their time in adjudicating the objections.
ICANN must now fulfill its commitment and make a disbursement to the ICC to fund all 27 objections. Given that the amount is over $500,000, in accordance with ICANN Contracting and Disbursement Policy, the Board must approve the disbursement.
This decision will have a fiscal impact on ICANN, but that impact was anticipated and budgeted for. This decision will not have any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of domain name system.
This is an Organizational Administrative Function that does not require public comment at this time. Although it is noted that ICANN’s commitment to fund these above-referenced objections has been subjected to public comment on more than one occasion.