Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting | 21 April 2020

BAMC Attendees: Becky Burr, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Mandla Msimang, Nigel Roberts, and León Sánchez (Chair)

BAMC Apologies: Sarah Deutsch

ICANN Org Attendees: Michelle Bright (Board Content Coordination Director), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffery (General Counsel & Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Jennifer Scott (Senior Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Evaluation of Reconsideration Request 20-1 (Namecheap, Inc.) – The BAMC evaluated the remaining claim in Reconsideration Request 20-1 in which Namecheap, Inc. "seeks reconsideration of the ICANN Board's and Staff's lack of transparency insofar as the Requestor alleges that ICANN org has not disclosed the criteria that it will use to evaluate the [PIR] Change of Control Request and is not applying a 2002 Report of the Dot Org Task Force (the 2002 DNSO Policy Guidelines) to the Change of Control Request." BAMC member Nigel Roberts recused himself from the discussion and subsequent vote on the evaluation out of an abundance of caution. The Committee Chair reported that Sarah Deutsch also would have recused herself out of an abudance of caution had she attended and therefore she chose not to attend. After having read and considered all of the materials, including the ICANN Ombudsman's evaluation of the request, the BAMC concluded that the ICANN Board and Staff have not violated ICANN's Commitment to transparency, ICANN's Commitment to apply documented policies consistently, or ICANN's established policies in relation to the Change of Control Request. The BAMC suggested some revisions to the Recommendation, and recommend that the Board deny Reconsideration Request 20-1 subject to those revisions
    • Actions: ICANN org to ensure revisions suggested by BAMC members are made to the Recommendation, then publish the BAMC's Recommendation and notify the requester.

Published on 05 May 2020