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[rpd] Implementation of transfer policy AFPUB-2016-V4-003

Mark Elkins mje at
Fri Sep 8 17:07:06 UTC 2017

Policy neutral as such - I totally agree. No point putting any actual
policy into the the RSA. The RSA should simply refer to where the
current and active Policy can be found.

On 08/09/2017 04:48, Owen DeLong wrote:
> Wouldn’t it make the most sense for the RSA to eliminate all language referencing
> resource management directly and instead include language to the effect of:
> This RSA is subject to the community developed consensus policies contained in
> the consolidated policy manual which is incorporated here by reference. This
> agreement shall be considered amended in accordance to each subsequent change
> to those policies and the signatories accept in advance all such amendments
> as determined appropriate by the consensus of the community and ratified by
> the AfriNIC board.
> Please feel free to word-smith or improve upon the general idea above, but I believe
> this would create a long-term solution to the issues of the RSA while still preserving
> the policy supremacy and keeping the policy control in the hands of the current process.
> Owen
>> On Aug 31, 2017, at 20:10 , David Hilario <d.hilario at> wrote:
>> On 31 August 2017 at 23:18, Noah <noah at> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> On 25 Aug 2017, at 16:02, Noah <noah at> wrote:
>>>>> We should  get the Legal Counsel to also look at the matter and advise.
>>>>> Too sensitive.
>>>> The legal adviser has provided advice to me on many occasions.  When I try
>>>> to summarise his advice, I may make mistakes in minor details, but I am not
>>>> making a mistake about the main point: The current RSA prohibits transfers
>>>> (except for mergers and acquisitions), and removing that prohibition will
>>>> require changing the RSA.
>>> Remove the prohibitions to transfers to allow only specific transfers which
>>> are "IPv4 Resources transfer within the AFRINIC Region".
>>>>> RSA is the contractual agreement which introduce and enforce  policies
>>>>> and  has clearly solved cases of conflict between itself and policies.
>>>>> What I  am trying to say is that we have to be mindful of the fact that
>>>>> the policies supersede the RSA which depends on them and as much as we
>>>>> members are subjected to the RSA, policies reign supreme.
>>>> The policies express the will of the community.  The RSA is a legal
>>>> agreement.  If the will of the community conflicts with the RSA, then the
>>>> community will expext the RSA to be changed.  That’s what’s about to happen.
>>> The changes have to be specific to the will of the community in this case
>>> "IPv4 Resources transfer within the AFRINIC Region" and not generic transfer
>>> or any other transfers.
>>>>>> The RSA also has a clause that says "except in the event of The
>>>>>> Applicant becoming the subject of merger and/or acquisition proceedings, the
>>>>>> transfer of number resources is strictly prohibited”.   Even if there’s a
>>>>>> policy that allows transfers, the RSA prohibits transfers, and the member
>>>>>> has agreed to follow the RSA, so the member may not make a transfer.
>>>>> This is not valid if the RSA is subject to policies.   If policies say
>>>>> member can transfer, then policy overrides any provisions of the  RSA with
>>>>> regards to this aspect.
>>>> “This agreement is subject to policies” means “policies can add additional
>>>> restrictions”; it does not mean that policies can remove restrictions.
>>> I am not sure I understood your statement above and disclaimer: 'as much as
>>> am not a lawyer',  and others in the community could advice but "subject to"
>>> means... conditional and being dependent upon something... see [1] [2]
>>> Therefore IMHO, RSA is subject to policies and that would mean in this case,
>>> subject to specifically the ratified policies only,  and for this case the
>>> AFPUB-2016-V4-003 "IPv4 Resources transfer within the AFRINIC Region".
>>> So the modification and wording of the updated RSA, ref: transfers , should
>>> be specific to this policy to avoid creating loopholes using the word
>>> "transfer" as the only tranfers allowed per policy will be
>>> Intra/within/inside Afrinic service region and nothing else.
>> Using this logic, we would still be using the RSA as a resource
>> management document and Policy enforcement.
>> We would basically never get rid of the initial problem.
>> The RSA being a legal document and not a community document, it should
>> only describe the legal premise of signing up with the AFRINIC and not
>> get involved into the resource management.
>> Implying that removing this restriction would allow inter-RIR transfer
>> is a bit far fetched, plus as far as I know, all RIRs have something
>> in the lines that they can only do inter-RIR transfers with RIR who
>> have a compatible inter-RIR transfer policy, no policy at AFRINIC,
>> means no transfers to or from other RIR.
>> Don't manage resources through the RSA, that would even be
>> incompatible with other RIR, manage resources through policies.
>> Following your logic, we would remain in a perpetual problem, and the
>> RSA will be in need of updates at any future policy update that
>> touches any resource topics that are in the RSA.
>>>>> In fact, how is this different from the current situation?
>>>>> 1. RSA set default rules ( prohibits transfers) and bind members to
>>>>> policies
>>>>> 2. Members sign RSA
>>>>> 3. RSA states Policies supremacy
>>>>> 4. Policy allows  certain transfer (intra region only) and states rules
>>>>> and conditions
>>>> But your point 3 does not apply.  Perhaps it might be useful to say
>>>> something like that in a future version of the RSA, but it’s not in the
>>>> current RSA.
>>> Why future versions of RSA. If current is being updated to reflect other
>>> changes, then add that there.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Noah
>>> [1]
>>> [2]
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