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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Attendees: Becky Burr, Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain, Nigel Roberts, and León Sanchez (Chair)

Other Board Member Attendees: Khaled Koubaa, and Tripti Sinha

ICANN Organization Attendees: Susanna Bennett (SVP, Chief Operating Officer), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Samantha Eisner (Deputy General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Independent Review Process (IRP) Implementation Oversight Team's (IOT) composition - The Committee discussed the status of the work on recomposing the IOT. The BAMC noted that pursuant to Article 4, Section 4.3(n) of the ICANN Bylaws, the establishment of the IOT is ICANN's responsibility in consultation with the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs). As the Board committee with oversight role of ICANN's accountability mechanisms, the BAMC considers the work of the IOT to be paramount to ICANN's accountability and is committed to ensuring that, in fulfilling its responsibility, the work of the IOT is completed in a timely and efficient manner. The BAMC acknowledged that while ICANN org previously issued a call for more volunteers to join as members of the IOT, more detail should be provided to the SOs and ACs to assist in helping ICANN achieve a broader and active membership. The BAMC noted that it will ask the SOs and ACs, in their consultation role on the membership of the IOT, to assist with circulating the call for expressions of interest to their membership and engage with those people in their membership and network that meet the skills and availability, and encourage them to apply. The BAMC noted that the SOs and ACs have requested additional information, particularly in the skills and experience required, targeted size of the recomposed IOT, and the deadline by which expressions of interests should be submitted. In terms of the skills and experience required, the BAMC agreed that interested members should have the necessary legal or judicial skills and experience in disputes such as IRPs, arbitrations, or other alternate dispute resolution processes. Specific familiarity with ICANN's accountability mechanisms is another important skill. The members must also have the time and availability to attend at least a one hour call each week to participate in on IOT telephonic meetings, as well as sufficient availability to contribute to the work online. The BAMC agreed that the targeted size of the recomposed IOT is an additional six to ten new active members would be ideal to increase participation and diversity of the group, in addition to the existing IOT members, if they wish to remain. The BAMC agreed that small, focused, dedicated group is appropriate for this specialty work, and potentially doubling the size of the currently active membership is expected to result in a group that can meet quorum while bringing skilled new voices to the table.

    • Action(s): ICANN org to draft letter from BAMC to SO and AC leadership to provide more information on the skills and experience required and the targeted size of the recomposed IOT.

  2. Litigation Update - The BAMC received a litigation update.

Published on 11 July 2019

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