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Practical user’s guide to ADR 2022

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Afnic is publishing its annual edition of its practical guide to alternate dispute resolution (ADR) procedures with a new section dedicated to evidentiary documents.

For this new edition, the Guide to ADR Trends has taken on a brand-new name: the “Practical user’s guide to ADR”.

This reference document is dedicated to the dispute resolution procedures proposed by Afnic, under the names SYRELI and PARL Expert. It contains points of analysis on the use of these two services (news updates, key figures, analysis of the grounds for claims, etc.) as well as concrete advice for claimants in preparing their arguments and for holders in preparing their response. This focus on support has been reinforced this year with the inclusion of a new section on how to select the right evidentiary documents. Lastly, this new 2022 version of the guide contains a heading entitled “Find our rulings relating to this subject” to help understand how to use our search engine and find case law on ADR.

Afnic ADR statistics infographics
Afnic ADR statistics infographics
  • Some figures:

    Syreli : 1897 rulings handed down

    • with 63% of favourable rulings including 91% of transfer rulings and 9% of deletion rulings;
    • and 37% of unfavourable rulings including 95% of transfer rulings and 5% of deletion rulings.

    Number of rulings handed down per year:

    • 2012: 117, 2013: 194, 2014: 217, 2015: 164, 2016: 157, 2017: 176, 2018: 169, 2019: 152, 2020: 225, 2021: 266

    PARL Expert : 54 rulings handed down

    • with 89% of favourable rulings including 96% of transfer rulings and 4% of deletion rulings;
    • and 11% of unfavourable rulings.

    Number of rulings handed down per year:

    • 2016: 1, 2017: 4, 2018: 7, 2019: 9, 2020: 14, 2021: 19

Since the launch of the procedure in November 2011, the Syreli College has handed down 1,897 rulings. Requests for transfer of a domain name account for over 90% of applications received, while requests for deletion account for less than 10%. 63% of rulings handed down are in favour of the claimant.

The Expert ADR procedure was launched on 22 March 2016, since when 54 rulings have been handed down. Requests for transfer of a domain name also account for the vast majority of applications, with a ruling in favour of the claimant in 89% of cases.

Maintaining a trustworthy Internet is a priority for Afnic, which provides a set of services accessible to all for managing abuse of domain names under the .fr TLD. The publication of this Guide to ADR is part of this commitment to providing important tools and advice for the correct use of Afnic’s alternative dispute resolution procedures.

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ADR Practical Guide cover

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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.