[AfrICANN-discuss] Public Comment: Initial Report on Proposals for Improvements to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Sat May 29 22:06:53 SAST 2010

 News Alert

 Public Comment: Initial Report on Proposals for Improvements to the
Registrar Accreditation Agreement

28 May 2010

The Joint GNSO/ALAC RAA Drafting Team is seeking comments on its Initial
Report on Improvements to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement
3.24 MB]. This Initial Report describes the recommendations from the
Joint GNSO-ALAC RAA Drafting Team for producing a Registrant Rights and
Responsibilities Charter, and for identifying topics for possible additional
future amendments to the RAA. The public
ends on
*9 July 2010*.


In March 2007, Dr. Paul Twomey called for a comprehensive review of the RAA
and the accreditation process. The results of that review ultimately
produced a new form of RAA (2009 RAA) which was approved by the GNSO Council
and the At-Large Advisory Committee, and adopted by the ICANN Board on 21
May 2009.

In approving the 2009 RAA, the GNSO Council conditioned its recommendation
on the beginning of work on further RAA amendments. The GNSO Council formed
a joint drafting team with members of the At-Large Community (known as the
RAA Drafting Team) to conduct further work related to proposals for
improvements to the RAA. Various stakeholders submitted proposals for
amendment topics that were carefully evaluated by the RAA Drafting Team,
including, representatives of the law enforcement community, the
Intellectual Property Constituency, and ICANN Staff.

The Initial Report to the GNSO Council describes the recommendations on (i)
the proposed form of a Registrant Rights and Responsibilities Charter, and
(ii) potential topics for additional amendments to the RAA, as well as a
proposal for next steps for the GNSO Council to consider in determining
whether to recommend a new form RAA to be adopted by the ICANN Board.

This public comment forum is an opportunity to comment on any of the
proposals for improvements to the RAA described in the Initial Report. The
Initial Report will be posted for a public comment period that closes on *9
July 2010*. Comments can be sent to raa-improvements2010 at icann.org and
reviewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/raa-improvements2010/.

The community will have additional opportunity to discuss certain proposals
from the law enforcement community for amending the Registrar Accreditation
Agreement in an open forum discussion at the Brussels Meeting.

*For additional information*:

   - To review the current versions of the RAA, please see:
   - To understand the process followed in developing the 2009 RAA, please
   review: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/raa/
   - To review the GNSO resolution related to the RAA, please see:
   - To learn more about the RAA, please refer to the Non-Lawyers Guide to
   the RAA, posted at:

*Staff responsible*: Margie Milam

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