SEEDIG Legal Entity Working Group

Call for volunteers & WG Guidelines

Overview

Over the past 2–3 years, SEEDIG community members and supporting organisations have called for the creation of a SEEDIG legal entity, as a step that would help SEEDIG grow, while also contributing to ensuring its sustainability and addressing current legal and financial challenges. As the Executive Committee has met difficulties in making progress on this issue, the Chair of the Executive Committee, having consulted SEEDIG’s main sponsors, is initiating an open process expected to lead to the establishment of a SEEDIG legal entity.

The first step in this process is the creation of a SEEDIG Legal Entity Working Group (SLE WG), tasked with developing a proposal for the establishment of a SEEDIG legal entity. The proposal will cover aspects related to the type and structure of the legal entity, as well as the choice of jurisdiction (the country to host the entity).

Chaired by Andrea Beccalli, ICANN, the group is open to SEEDIG community members, sponsors, supporting organisations and partners. The Internet Society and RIPE Network Coordination Centre have already expressed interest in joining the WG; others are invited to follow suit. Due to potential conflicts of interest, members of the Executive Committee will not be able to volunteer for the WG. They can, however, be invited by the WG to contribute to certain activities of the group.

The WG is expected to present its proposal not later than two weeks before the SEEDIG 6 meeting. The proposal will then be subject to the approval of the SEEDIG community. Once a decision is made by the community, the Executive Committee will be responsible for its implementation.

SEEDIG Legal Entity Working Group

Call for volunteers & WG Guidelines

Over the past 2–3 years, SEEDIG community members and supporting organisations have called for the creation of a SEEDIG legal entity, as a step that would contribute to ensuring SEEDIG’s sustainability and address current legal and financial challenges.

To ensure a broad, inclusive and effective process, a Working Group is created to take the work forward.

This is a call for volunteers to join this Working Group.

Tasks and deliverables

The SEEDIG Legal Entity Working Group (SLE WG) is responsible for developing a proposal for the creation of a SEEDIG legal entity. The proposal will cover the following aspects:

Type and structure of the legal entity (e.g. membership, governing bodies, decision making)

Choice of jurisdiction (the country in which the legal entity is proposed to be established)

A motivation of the proposed type, structure and jurisdiction

A realistic timeline for the implementation of the proposal

The WG can decide to include other additional elements in its proposal, including a SWOT analysis of the proposed solution(s). 

If the WG cannot agree on a single/unitary proposal for the type, structure and/or jurisdiction of the legal entity, it can outline a maximum of three proposals (e.g. three possible jurisdictions). 

The proposal(s) developed by the WG will then be subject to the approval of the SEEDIG community. Once a decision is made by the community, the Executive Committee will be responsible for its implementation.

Composition

SLE WG is open to SEEDIG community members, as well as representatives of SEEDIG sponsors, supporting organisations and partners. The Internet Society and RIPE Network Coordination Centre have already expressed interest in joining the WG; others are invited to follow suit.

For efficiency purposes, the group will be limited to 5–7 members. If more volunteers express interest, the WG Chair will appoint WG members, keeping in mind both the expressions of interest received, as well as the need to achieve a balanced composition in terms of stakeholder groups and countries represented.

Due to potential conflicts of interest, SEEDIG Executive Committee members cannot volunteer to be part of the WG. However, the WG can seek the views of Executive Committee members on certain issues, invite them to certain discussions, and require them to submit documents previously developed as part of their work on building a SEEDIG legal entity (questions/issues to be addressed, challenges, analysis of applicable legislation in countries in the SEE+ region, etc.).

Join the group!

Anyone interested in joining SLE WG is invited to submit an expression of interest via the form below, by 31 October 2019.

Individuals with a legal background are particularly encouraged to volunteer.

 

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Leadership

Following consultations with SEEDIG’s main sponsors, the WG will be chaired by Andrea Beccalli, Stakeholder Engagement Director – Europe, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

Having the group led by a SEEDIG sponsor and key supporting organisation is intended to ensure neutrality and bring in the rich experience that ICANN has with community-based working groups.

Working methods

The WG will work online, via conference calls, e-mails and other appropriate and pre-established communication channels. All group members are expected to attend conference calls and to actively participate in online discussions.

The WG will make decisions by consensus, to the largest extent possible. Where consensus is not possible, a formal vote may be held; in such cases, decisions will be taken by simple majority. 

Throughout its work, the WG can consult external parties, including SEEDIG community members, sponsors, supporting organisations, partners, legal experts, and any other entities/individuals deemed appropriate.

Timeline

The WG is expected to deliver its proposal no later than 2 weeks before the SEEDIG 6 meeting (scheduled for the spring of 2020).

An earlier submission of the proposal is also welcome.

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