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Re: [council] RE: Draft Letter to the Board on Red Cross Names & Identifiers

  • To: Phil Corwin <psc@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "James M. Bladel" <jbladel@xxxxxxxxxxx>, GNSO Council List <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [council] RE: Draft Letter to the Board on Red Cross Names & Identifiers
  • From: Mary Wong <mary.wong@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 02:48:11 +0000
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Hello everyone – to add to Phil’s note, the GAC seems to have suggested that 
the topic of “IGO Protections” be placed in the same slot as its suggested 
“Bilateral Meeting with the GNSO” on Day 3 of the Helsinki meeting (Wednesday, 
10.45-12 noon Helsinki time: https://community.icann.org/x/_o5CAw).

While it is not clear whether that will also encompass protections for the Red 
Cross (who are not an IGO in any case), this may be relevant to the Council’s 
discussion on 12 May regarding next steps for the Red Cross, possibly 
separately from any next steps for IGO protections.

Thanks and cheers

Mary Wong
Senior Policy Director
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Email: mary.wong@xxxxxxxxx
Telephone: +1-603-5744889

From: <owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> on 
behalf of Phil Corwin <psc@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:psc@xxxxxxxxxxx>>
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 03:04
To: "James M. Bladel" <jbladel@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:jbladel@xxxxxxxxxxx>>, GNSO 
Council List <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: [council] RE: Draft Letter to the Board on Red Cross Names & 

Good letter, James.

This point is particularly important:
One point emphasized during this briefing was that the international legal 
basis for protections of Red Cross identifiers is significantly different from 
that for IGOs. This raises the possibility that permanent protection for these 
Red Cross identifiers could potentially be resolved independently from other 
IGO acronyms.

The IGO CRP WG has recently received a final draft of the memo from our outside 
legal expert in regard to the scope of sovereign immunity for IGOs. Without 
getting into extensive detail, it varies widely based upon both the type of 
IGO,  the jurisdiction in which the question is raised, and whether the 
activity in question implicates a core function of the IGO. Therefore, the 
issue of the Red Cross identifiers should be viewed as significantly different 
from that of other IGOs.

Best regards, Philip

Philip S. Corwin, Founding Principal
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[mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of James M. Bladel
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 10:38 AM
To: GNSO Council List
Subject: [council] Draft Letter to the Board on Red Cross Names & Identifiers

Council Colleagues -

Attached, please find a draft letter that was developed by Heather, Donna and 
myself, along with Staff, that sets out to “reboot” work on this topic.  I note 
that this is a topic for the next GNSO Council meeting (Agenda Item #7), and 
therefore misses the document cutoff date.  However, I expect this discussion & 
work to continue beyond our 12 MAY meeting, both on the list and during calls.

Than you,


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