Sub-group Members:   Avri Doria, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, David McAuley, Erich Schweighofer, Farzaneh Badii, Finn Petersen, Greg Shatan, Griffin Barnett, Herb Wayen Jorge Cancio, Kavouss Arasteh, Paul Rosenzweig, Philip Corwin, Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix, Thiago Jardim   (15)

Observers/Guests:  Thomas Rickert

Staff:  Bernard Turcotte, Berry Cobb, Brenda Brewer, Meghan Healy

Apologies: Brian Scarpelli

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1.     Welcome

2.     Review of Agenda (2 minutes)

3.     Administration (1 minute)

3.1.  Changes to SOIs

3.2.  Identify Audio Only and Phone Number Participants

4.     Issues and Proposed Issues (45 minutes)

4.1.  Continued Discussion of “OFAC Recommendation First Draft”

4.2.  Continued Discussion of Next Set of Proposed Issues: “Provisions relating to choice of law in certain ICANN Agreements”:

4.2.1.     Registry Agreements do not have a provision stating the governing law of the agreement

4.2.2.     Registrar Agreements do not have a provision stating the governing law of the agreement

4.2.3.     Arbitration of Registry Agreement: Lack of choice in arbitral body and jurisdiction of arbitration

4.2.4.     Lack of governing law provisions could lead to courts more likely choosing their own law as governing law

4.2.5.     provisions regarding the venue for hearing disputes in registry agreements are limited to one specific venue, with flexibility allowed only in contracts with Governments and other special cases

4.3.  Review of Revised Proposed Issues List

5.     Review of Schedule and Timeline (5 Minutes)

6.     AOB (5 Minutes)

7.     Adjourn (next meeting 18 September 1900UTC)

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 Brenda Brewer: (9/13/2017 07:37) Good day!  Welcome to Jurisdiction Subgroup Meeting #46 on 13 September 2017 @ 13:00 UTC!

  Brenda Brewer: (07:38) When not speaking, please mute your phone by pressing *6 (star 6). To unmute, *6. This call is recorded.

  Brenda Brewer: (07:38) Reminder to all, for captioning and transcription, please  state your name before speaking and speak slowly.  Thank you!

  Herb Waye Ombuds: (08:00) Hello everyone

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:01) Hello all

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:02) Is audio on?

  David McAuley: (08:02) I am #4154

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:06) I am here and having audio trouble, but my comment is pretty clear...

  Thomas Rickert: (08:07) Hi all, sorry for being late. Can you please add me to the list of attendees?

  Brenda Brewer: (08:07) Thank you, Thomas.

  David McAuley: (08:07) on mute?

  Thomas Rickert: (08:07) Thanks, Brenda!

  David McAuley: (08:08) maybe we lost Greg

  Greg Shatan: (08:08) Line dropped.

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:09) Ahh ... the joys of a world wide organization and virtual meetings!!

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:09) Greg are you coming back in we cannot hear you

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:10) yes

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:10) asking for questions or comments

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:15) so we said not to give legal advice

  David McAuley: (08:15) Agree w/Greg on ICANN's inability to render legal advice to other parties

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:15) it could provide a clarification

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:15) you have the wording in the document

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:16) The fact that it is in their ToS is concerning

  David McAuley: (08:16) Clarification that does not amount to legal advice sounds reasonable

  Thomas Rickert: (08:18) Registrars might be subject to OFAC just because they work with US banks e.g.

  Thomas Rickert: (08:18) That is where the language might come from.#

  David McAuley: (08:19) Interesting point @Thomas

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:20) I suppose they might also WANT to apply OFAC even though they don't need to for some business reason.  But this seems clearly to me to be mistake and we should  definitely warn against error

  Kavouss Arasteh: (08:20) Greg,

  Kavouss Arasteh: (08:20) If the language is ambigueous or interpretable I have difficulties with that

  Kavouss Arasteh: (08:21) Pls clarify the issue

  Thomas Rickert: (08:21) I think a general remark encouraging contracted parties to check applicability and sope of OFAC impact might be valuable (without going as far as offering legal advice)

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:21) I agree with Thomas and Paul.

  Kavouss Arasteh: (08:22) I have difficulties to talk about specific lisence as I do not really sue of its application since such specifc lisence may solve one or few problems among other problems but not all

  Kavouss Arasteh: (08:23) what we mean by speific parties?

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:29) Time Check - 30 minutes left in call

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:30) but we can't bind them ... what could we put other than encourage

  Cheryl Langdon-Orr (CLO): (08:31) indeed Farzi

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:32) +1  We can't bind anyone.  The only one we can really directly influence is ICANN.

  Cheryl Langdon-Orr (CLO): (08:33) "Remind'  seems a good choice of language

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:43) Dear all, as said in the last call the main thought is to reduce uncertainty, and clarify that the parties to the registry agreements have an effective freedom to choose the applicable law and to apply a principle of subsidiarity that may reduce potential conflicts with the national laws where they are based.

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:43) Thanks Kavouss :-)

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:44) yes

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:44) Yes

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:45) Time Check - 15 minutes left

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:45) in call

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:48) Kavouss old hand?

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:51) I feel the parties would be best placed to exercise that effective frredom

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:52) we should not enter into implementation :-)

  Herb Waye Ombuds: (08:52) I must drop out to prepare for another call. Have a great day everyone.

  David McAuley: (08:52) sounds like that

  Cheryl Langdon-Orr (CLO): (08:52) trial?

  David McAuley: (08:52) mystery guest

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:52) I agree Jorge -- I fear though that your solution makes implementation difficult

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:52) hm I might have a mic problem

  Farzaneh Badii: (08:52) oh Kafka is around

  David McAuley: (08:52) LOL

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:52) LOL

  David McAuley: (08:53) Kafka trail?

  David McAuley: (08:53) trial, that is

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:53) ok I have audio problems ..

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:53) @Paul: I feel we may agree quite a lot...

  Brenda Brewer: (08:53) Raphael, I have muted your line.  When your mic issue is corrected, you may press star 6 to umnute

  Paul Rosenzweig: (08:53) @Jorge -- this time we actually do!

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:54) What I wanted to say: I mostly agree with Paul, and I will continue to answer comments on the list, and I also think we should reach out ot gTLD registries since none has shown up on the list to provide comments

  Thomas Rickert: (08:55) I brought up the issue of applicable law in the GNSO council a few years back and was told it was not for them.

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:55) ah ok. hm.

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:55) (@Raphaël: actually the ".swiss" made a submission - which I'm advocating for...)

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (08:56) time check - 5 minutes left in call

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:56) yes Jorge! but it would be nice to have as many as possible and Greg's calls on the list have mostly been left unanswered

  Thomas Rickert: (08:56) I guess we should make recommendations. Implementation thereof certainly needs to follow the rules in the RY and RR agreements

  Thomas Rickert: (08:57) I still like the idea of offering a limited numbers of jurisdictions for different regions of the world.

  Erich Schweighofer: (08:57) Regional arbitration centres may be the best solution.

  Thomas Rickert: (08:58) @Erich - not only arbitration, but also contract language itself.

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:58) we should make the difference between governing law and forum tho. These are two issues with eventually two different solutions

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (08:58) @Rapha!el: a "promoter" of the questionnaire-effort I would have expected more registries and contracted parties making inputs... but I guess that commercial interests/negotiations are very sensitive

  Thomas Rickert: (08:58) There are a number of clauses in the agrements that are void under EU law.

  David McAuley: (08:58) # of days between now and Oct 11 is even less

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (08:59) Thomas: yes I would be of that opinion too ;) so that is why I thought keeping Cali law was a better solution overall in my proposal

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (09:00) then gdoc is better I suppose?

  Cheryl Langdon-Orr (CLO): (09:00) makes sense Greg

  Thomas Rickert: (09:00) Raphael, that is the simplest solution and the most transparent one. Whether it is the best option for the contracted parties I am not sure :-)

  David McAuley: (09:01) I work for a registry but my preference for comment on gov law clause is to reach out to RySG

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (09:01) thanks David

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (09:01) Thomas, yes but thatis not for us to say I suppose!

  Cheryl Langdon-Orr (CLO): (09:01) thanks everyone,  bye 👋 for now...

  David McAuley: (09:01) Thanks Greg, thanks all, good bye

  Farzaneh Badii: (09:02) Thanks all. bye

  Thomas Rickert: (09:02) As David said, reaching out to them is the way to go.

  avri doria: (09:02) bye

  Thomas Rickert: (09:02) BFN

  Bernard Turcotte - ICANN: (09:02) bye all

  Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: (09:02) bye

  Erich Schweighofer: (09:02) Bye

  Jorge Cancio (GAC Switzerland) 2: (09:02) thanks and bye all!

  Thomas Rickert: (09:02) Thanks Greg, well done!