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June 25, 2009

ICANN President speaks about the Office of the Ombudsman

Filed under: icann meetings — Frank Fowlie @ 1:41 pm

While speaking at the ICANNMeeting – Sydney, ICANN President Paul Twomey made these comments while discussing “Improving Institutional Confidence”:

 

So the first of the provisions is that there is an ombudsman.
Secondly, there’s the Reconsideration Committee of the board.  And the third one is the independent review panel.

There will be an additional staff recommendation on Friday that both the ombudsman and the independent review — sorry, the board review — sorry, board reconsideration process should both be up for review under the rolling review mechanisms that ICANN has in place.  So we have under the bylaws the requirement that all organs inside ICANN need to be reviewed every three years.  We think these two particular organs
need to be opened up for that review.

The ombudsman process, I think, has been quite satisfactory, worked quite well.  I think you will find the chairman of the board has been on the public record several times to say that he thinks the Reconsideration Committee of the board is not now well-structured and needs to be reconsidered.  It is too narrow and is actually too difficult to get things through that process.  So we think that’s an important need to do that review.

June 20, 2009

Ombudsman’s Office at the Sydney meeting

Filed under: icann meetings — Frank Fowlie @ 6:38 pm

During the Sydney meeting, Herb Waye, Adjunct Ombudsman, will be staffing a physical office for the Ombudsman.  If you have any questions or concerns during the Sydney meeting, please drop in to see Herb.  The Office is located on the same level as the ICANN Staff room.

June 9, 2009

Celebrating the 200Th Anniversary of the Swedish Ombudsman Institution

Filed under: general — Frank Fowlie @ 1:06 am

Stockholm plays host to several hundred Ombudsman and staff this week in celebration of the 200Th anniversary of the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman.  This celebration is held in tandem with the 9Th International Ombudsman Institute World Conference.

The conference website may be found at: http://www.ioi2009.com/

Today, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan will address the assembly of Ombudsmen.

Blogging from the 8th International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution

Filed under: ODR — Frank Fowlie @ 12:52 am

The Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa hosted the 2009 version of the Forum last week at Haifa, Israel.  Professor Orna Rabinovich-Einy and her team must be thanked for providing ODR practitioners with an excellent opportunity to share ideas, to learn, and to develop important networks.

The forum website may be found at: http://disputes.run-image.co.il/

 

My presentation to the Forum may be found at: http://www.icann.org/ombudsman/haifa-jun08-en.pdf

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