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ICANN Appoints Independent Objector for New gTLD Programme

ICANN has appointed Professor Alain Pellet as the Independent Objector for the New Generic Top-Level Domain programme. The Independent Objector’s role is to act solely in the interests of the public who use the internet.IcANN note that Professor Pellet’s credentials and experience are an ideal fit for this key role. He is a highly regarded professor and practitioner of law and has represented governments as Counsel and Advocate in the International Court of Justice in many significant and well-known cases. He is widely published and holds several significant honours.ICANN’s formal search for an Independent Objector began with the posting of a Request for Proposals in November 2011. They also advertised, utilised the services of a global recruiting firm and took word-of-mouth recommendations. Numerous candidates were interviewed and considered throughout the search process.Acting solely in the best interests of global internet users, the Independent Objector may lodge Limited Public Interest and Community objections in cases where no other objection is made to an application that the Independent Objector deems to be objectionable.More information about the Independent Objector role can be found in the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook.More information about Professor Pellet, including his curriculum vitae, can be found at: www.alainpellet.eu