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Bylaw Amendments Related to Restructuring of the GNSO Council (Version 2)

Open: 3 August 09
Closed: 24 August 09

Explanation/Background: Implementation of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review/Improvements process requires the amendment of a substantial number of the ICANN Bylaws to reflect new GNSO structures, processes and mechanisms. In particular, a specific package of draft Bylaws and additional Staff recommendations has been developed for Public review and comment so that the ICANN Board can move forward with Bylaw amendments to seat the new GNSO Council by the annual ICANN meeting in Seoul, Korea. Approving the Bylaws amendments is a key step toward seating a newly structured Council consistent with the recommendations of the ICANN Board Governance Committee.

An initial set of Bylaws amendments (Version 1) were posted for public comment on 30 June 2009, reflecting the work product of a GNSO Council Restructure Drafting Team (consisting of the entire GNSO Council and additional GNSO community members), and additional Staff recommendations. The Bylaw Amendments (Version 2) [PDF, 256 KB] being posted for public comment today are based upon the 30 June 2009 initial version and include additional amendments that reflect guidance received by Staff from the Board’s Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) as well as other issues identified by Staff in its efforts to develop Bylaws that are internally consistent and conform to the principles of the BGC Report.

The package consists of three documents.

•  The first document is a side-by-side comparison showing the existing Bylaws, revised and redlined in the left column, and clean text (Version 2) in the right column: [PDF, 256 KB]

•  The second document identifies the key differences between the draft Bylaws developed by the GNSO through its Restructure Drafting Team and this Version 2 text: [PDF, 76 KB]

•  The third document is additional background and explanation of Staff’s rationale for certain proposed amendments included in Version 2: [PDF, 76 KB]

Staff Responsible: Robert Hoggarth

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The Staff is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 3 August 2009 through 24 August 2009, and invites community comments on this topic.

To submit comments: Comments on the document are welcome via email at This public forum will be open through 23 August 2009.

To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at

For a copy of the public Announcement of this forum please see That Announcement provides inks to a number of documents that give some useful context and background regarding the issues in this forum.

Staff member responsible: Robert Hoggarth

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