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GAR Shortlists ICANN Ruling for Most Important Decision of 2017 Award

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March 2017 – Global Arbitration Review has published the shortlists for awards ahead of this year’s ceremony in Milan.  One of the nominations for Most Important Reported or Published Decision this year involves Chaffetz Lindsey partner Aníbal Sabater, who sat on an ICANN panel that upheld the Gulf Cooperation Council’s challenge to the name of a planned internet domain aimed at the international Persian community despite opposition from Arab states (January 2017).  To be considered for the award, the decision must  important in jurisprudential terms, for its impact on the parties or geopolitics, for the development of a particular jurisdiction, or for the practice or reputation of arbitration in general.

Sitting as an independent review panel for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – a California based organization for the governance of the internet – Lucy Reed (chair), Anibal Sabater and Albert Jan van den Berg ruled against the registration of the internet domain name “.persiangulf”, after the body of sea that separates the Arabian peninsula from Iran.

To read more about this decision, please click here (a subscription to GAR might be required).

The 2017 GAR Awards will take place at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel in Milan on March 29th, two days before the IBA International Arbitration Day.

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