ICANN establish Asian domain name resolution centers

An Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (ADNDRC) will start operations from Feb. 28 to arbitrate domain name issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new dispute resolution provider was formed by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and was authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), said an ICANN announcement last week.

According to ICANN, the ADNDRC will provide arbitration services for the Asia-Pacific region, with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. The coalition will also team up with other arbitration providers to offer similar services in other countries, ICANN said. So far, the HKIAC has signed agreements with 18 other international institutions to settle domain name disputes in Asian languages.

Although the center will initially only accept 20 proceedings per month, it will expand is capacity to handle as many as 200 cases later on, said the ICANN statement. A panel of arbitrators who are familiar with Asian languages will serve at the ADNDRC, ICANN said.

ICANN's resolution policy typically deals with generic top-level domain names, such as .com, .net, and .org, and to the recently introduced .biz, .info, .name, .museum, and .coop, ICANN said.

The arbitration center in Asia is the fourth such center in the world, after New York, Minneapolis, and Geneva, ICANN said.