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Five new Experts for Afnic’s PARL EXPERT legal procedure

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Following a call for applications, WIPO and Afnic have appointed five legal experts with experience in domain names. They join the team of Experts charged with examining the cases of Afnic’s PARL EXPERT alternative dispute resolution procedure (ADR).

In order to renew part of the list of Experts of the PARL EXPERT procedure, a call for applications was launched in the spring of 2022 to recruit five new Experts.

Having examined the applications received, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and Afnic have appointed the following new members for a term of three years:

Bouchara Avocats, Paris

EI Eugénie CHAUMONT, Bordeaux

Eversheds Sutherland International LLP, Paris

Féral-Schuhl Sainte-Marie, Paris


Azerty groupe, Castelnau-le-Lez


These five newly appointed Experts join the ten members continuing their terms of office.

Updated list of experts - ADR PARL Expert


This legal procedure is one of the two extrajudicial inter partes procedures for resolving disputes set by Afnic.

Put in place by Afnic in collaboration with the WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, decisions are passed by experts selected on file by Afnic and the WIPO.

The provisions of the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ‘PARL’ in French) Regulations apply to all holders of domain names under any of the TLDs managed by Afnic. These procedures are for you if you can show standing and you consider that the domain name falls within one of the cases provided for in Article L.45-2 of the French Post and Electronic Communications Code.

Further information on Afnic Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

About Afnic

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.

In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.

Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.