Review Teams are the leading actors of the review process, and responsible for the methodology, quality and timeliness of the reviews. They are independent from the ICANN Board and staff, and are composed of:
- Community members representing SO/ACs
- Independent experts
- Ex-officio members
Community members of Review Teams are to be appointed by Affirmation-mandated Selectors among a pool of independent volunteers who have been granted endorsement by the SO/AC of their choice.
The following chart [PDF, 212 KB] represents the requirements of the Affirmation in this respect, for each of the Affirmation Reviews:
Process of Selection
11 January 2010 – In line with the Affirmation of Commitments, ICANN publishes a Call for Applicants [PDF, 86 KB], for the Position of Volunteer Review Team Member, which contains specific requirements for the composition of the different Review Teams.
The Call for Applicants [PDF, 86 KB] is a permanent call. However, interested volunteers are invited to consult application deadlines before submitting their candidature.
As required by the Affirmation, community members representing the relevant SO/ACs in Review Teams are selected by Affirmation-designated Selectors from pools of volunteer candidates. Candidates first need to identify the SO/AC they wish to represent during the process and their candidatures should be endorsed by SO/ACs.
The Affirmation-mandated Selectors first establish the number of positions on the team available for each SO/AC. They then determine the composition of the Review Teams in line with a set of requirements and criteria. At this stage of the process, only candidates who received endorsement from relevant SO/ACs are considered for membership. The Selectors elect the members of the Review Team who match their objectivity and independency expectancies, while taking into account geographical and gender factors in accordance with ICANN's commitment to reflect diversity within its constituencies and community.