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ICANN Approves Dispute Resolution Providers for Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy

8 November 2004

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) have been approved as independent dispute resolution providers for the Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP). This policy is part of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, which will go into effect on 12 November 2004.

The Policy provides that registrars wishing to dispute another registrar's alleged violations of this policy may initiate a dispute proceeding with the appropriate registry operator or with an independent dispute resolution provider. Decisions made under this policy by the registry operator may be appealed to an independent dispute resolution provider.

The ADNDRC is a joint undertaking between the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). The ADNDRC provides domain name dispute resolution services through two offices - one in Beijing, and the other in Hong Kong.

The National Arbitration Forum, based in North America, was formed in 1986. The Forum maintains a worldwide network of former judges, litigators, and law professors and provides services for the resolution of commercial and civil disputes.

Both organizations currently handle cases under ICANN's UDRP and other policies involving domain name disputes.

For more information on the transfer policy, see http://www.icann.org/transfers.