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Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Representatives Group to Select Independent Review Process Standing Panel

LOS ANGELES – 18 November 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in consultation with ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, is seeking Expressions of Interest for appointment to a new Community Representatives Group. The Community Representatives Group will select a slate of nominees for an omnibus Standing Panel that will hear and resolve disputes filed under the Independent Review Process (IRP) described in the ICANN Bylaws. Nominations made by the Community Representatives Group are subject to confirmation by the ICANN Board of Directors.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest to serve on the IRP Community Representatives Group is Friday 4 December 2020 at 23:59 UTC. The IRP Community Representatives Group is expected to represent a diversity of stakeholders and interests and comprise between seven and fifteen members. Collectively, the IRP Community Representatives Group must possess:

  • Experience in selecting board members or similar officers, appointees with fiduciary duties, or service on a nominating committee for such selections.
  • Experience working with recruitment firms and managing vendors.
  • Relevant organizational and process experience (e.g., the ability to understand and evaluate the standing panelist criteria and responses, which includes legal and arbitration experience).
  • Understanding of the IRP and its role as an ICANN accountability mechanism.
  • Ability to work in a small team across multiple time zones.
  • Ability to commit considerable time and effort to the selection process over a short but concentrated time period.

Candidates interested in serving on the Community Representatives Group should review the Terms of Reference for the IRP Community Representatives Group prior to submitting their applications. This document includes the following information:

  • Required skills and experience.
  • Scope of work of IRP Community Representatives Group.
  • Time commitment details.

Expressions of Interest for appointment to the IRP Community Representatives Group should be submitted to irp-standing-panel@icann.org. Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by the specific Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee whose endorsement is requested by the applicant. An application that does not specify the Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee from whom an applicant is seeking endorsement will not be considered. Applications must be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae and evidence of your qualifications to serve on the Community Representatives Group on behalf of a specific Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee.

By submitting your personal data, you acknowledge that your personal data will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and you agree to abide by the electronic Terms of Service.

ICANN IRP Background

ICANN's IRP is a form of arbitration, which provides for independent third-party review of ICANN actions alleged by an affected party to be inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. The IRP is an essential accountability mechanism to hold the ICANN Board and organization accountable, and the seating of a Standing Panel to hear these claims is an important component to achieve consistent, binding outcomes. ICANN committed through its Bylaws that the ICANN community has a role in identifying the final composition of the Standing Panel slate. Additional information on the IRP Standing Panel is available here.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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