Purpose: To solicit community feedback on the Canada International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre's (CIIDRC) proposal to serve as an approved dispute-resolution service provider for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Current Status: The public comment period is open through 4 January 2019. Community feedback is specifically requested regarding the applicant's capability to handle proceedings in an expedited, global, online context in an orderly and fair manner, as demonstrated in the application for approval.
Next Steps: ICANN org will consider community feedback in determining whether to approve CIIDRC as a new ICANN-approved UDRP dispute-resolution service provider.
Section I: Description and Explanation
ICANN org requests community feedback on the Canada International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre's (CIIDRC) application to serve as an approved dispute-resolution service provider for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The proposal was submitted pursuant to the process specified at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/provider-approval-process-2012-02-25-en.
ICANN org examines applications from prospective UDRP dispute-resolution service providers to determine whether the applicant has demonstrated its ability to handle proceedings in an expedited, global, online context in an orderly and fair manner. Attributes that may demonstrate this ability include:
- Applicant should have a track record in competently handling the clerical aspects of alternative dispute-resolution proceedings. ICANN org considers proper review of pleadings for administrative compliance and reliable and well-documented distribution of documents to the parties and panels to be essential capabilities for providers. In the absence of a well-established track record in handling the clerical function, a detailed plan for providing those abilities ordinarily must be submitted.
- Applicant should propose a list of highly-qualified neutrals who have agreed to serve as panelists. Applicant's list should include at least 20 persons. Applicants are expected to thoroughly train the listed neutrals concerning the policy, uniform rules, technology of domain names, and basic legal principles applicable to domain-name disputes. Accordingly, excessively long lists of neutrals are discouraged. The applicant should either present a list of panelists from multiple countries or, if the applicant initially presents a single-country list, propose a plan to expand its list to become multinational.
- Applicant's supplemental rules and internal procedures should demonstrate that applicant understands the workings of the policy and uniform rules.
Section II: Background
CIIDRC is a division of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC), which was established by the government of the Province of British Columbia with the support of the Federal Government of Canada in 1986. BCICAC operates under the BCICAC Foundation which is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of business leaders, lawyers, academics, and a former Supreme Court of British Columbia Judge.
Section III: Relevant Resources
The CIIDRC's Proposal and Relevant Annexures are available as follows: