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Afnic Launches a consultation about a new alternative dispute resolution process

March 12, 2013

Afnic is launching a public consultation about setting up an alternative dispute resolution procedure, in conjunction with WIPO.

As part of its assignment to provide a dispute resolution system that is accessible and balanced for right holders and holders of domain names, Afnic wants to set up an additional procedure based on the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Center).

Afnic already has an internal procedure for dispute resolution called SYRELI. The new procedure, which is designed to provide an additional means of redress for claimants, enabling arbitration decisions to be handed down based on independent experts.

In order to illustrate the progress already made, and to collect your opinions and suggestions concerning the future dispute resolution procedure, Afnic is opening the project to public consultation for 22 days from March 11 to midnight on April 2, 2013. These discussions will allow you to express your opinion on the rules for selecting experts, on how they should exercise their responsibilities and on the rules of conduct applicable to them.

Reply to the public consultation


For more information on the State /Afnic agreement

For more information on the decree of June 25, 2012


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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the State to manage domain names under the .fr TLD, it promotes use of the namespace by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with more than 2.9 million domain names in the .fr namespace to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.