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[rpd] Appeal Committee Terms of Reference (Version 1)

Douglas Onyango ondouglas at
Thu Jul 20 07:49:48 UTC 2017

Dear Board Chair,
Thank you very much for the effort. Overall, I like the TOR

Some few comments though:
1. Section 2.2 needs to explicitly include the complainant as
ineligible to be on this committee.  I believe this addition will make
4.2 easier to implement.

2. The same section 3.5 of the PDP speaks of a Recall Committee. I
think it would be wise to make provisions for the two committees now,
rather than leaving the Recall Committee for later

3. I think the composition of the committee favours the co-chairs,
which might be at the expense of the complainant. I would propose
replacing seat 2 with a community member.

4. 3.1.2 speaks of “appropriate office” this wording should be defined
or replaced. It is very open to interpretation and could cause another
committee just to review the Board’s decision :-)

5. I find 4.3 unrealistic. I doubt that any committee would have
control over a timeline. I propose to instead give a cap, say of 3

6. Additionally, we need to address what happens to actions that are
predicated on decisions under appeal. For instance, if a member calls
into question the decision to send a policy for ratification, after
last call, I don’t see any provisions to halt the ratification process
pending the hearing, and how such a halt will affect the prescribed
PDP timelines.


On 19 July 2017 at 15:51, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at> wrote:
> Dear PDWG,
> The AFRINIC Board of Directors intends to establish an Appeal Committee to
> give effect to the requirements in section 3.5 of the Consolidated Policy
> Manual (that is, the Conflict resolution portion of the Policy Development
> Process).
> The Appeal Committee Terms of Reference (version 1) is published at
> The Board calls for comments on the Terms of Reference for a 30 day period,
> ending on 19 August 2017. Comments may be sent to the RPD mailing list
> <rpd at>.
> The Board intends to appoint an interim Appeal Committee without delay, to
> cater for the possibility that an appeal might be filed before the comments
> on the Terms of reference can be taken into account. We seek the cooperation
> of the community in this regard.
> Sunday Folayan
> Chair of the AFRINIC Board of Directors
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