Submitted Proposals


Organization: World Bank
Title :
43. Legal Aspects of Governance of Critical Internet Resources Functions Contributing to Capacity Through Legal Analysis
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The workshop will:
(a) address key substantive and process functionalities that are involved in the governance of Critical Internet Resources, particularly from the standpoint of their robustness, security and capacity, and
(b) assess how different legal and institutional structures and governance models available under private and public international law could be mapped to those CIR functions.
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
We expect that the organizers will contribute speakers for the panel. This will ensure geographic diversity and a multi-stakeholder approach, as our group is already a multi-stakeholder group and is representative of diverse regions.

In addition, our workshop has been approached by other and leading IGOs and NGOs in the field who have offered senior personnel and eminent persons in the field to participate as speakers.If our proposal is accepted we also intend to invite authors of some of the key literature in the field to contribute either in writing or in person, as well as members of organizations already involved in key CIR governance issues.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
Oxford Internet Institute Academia
World Bank IGO
GIPI Private Sector
ISOC Bulgaria Civil Society, CEE
Moscow State University, Institute for Information Security Academia, Russia
Alfa Redi Civil Society, Latin America
ISOC Pacific Civil Society
Council of Europe IGO

The organizers will continue to ensure representation across groups, regions, etc., through additional recruitment.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The purpose of the workshop is to provide as wide a perspective as possible on the issue of the legal considerations that are involved in mapping different organizational structures to different CIR functions.There is some literature dealing with the nature of different possible legal forms, but the literature does not go the “extra” step of analyzing these vis-à-vis the functional attributes of CIR governance.
In a sense, this is uncharted territory.At the same time the Workshop would raise awareness of the issues and will also assess whether the organizational forms that are addressed in the literature comprise a complete list of possible organization forms.

However, more importantly it would go beyond what is in the literature by analyzing the consequences (pros and cons) of these forms in relation to those different CIR functional attributes. The organizers believe that the strong focus of this Workshop on legal considerations would add sufficient value in itself that it should be organized as a stand alone Workshop.The organizers have already engaged an intern who is undertaking, under the supervision of the organizers, an intense legal and functional analysis in support of the Workshop.The organizers believe that the Workshop will be able to present novel and creative output.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
This workshop squarely addresses one of the main themes of the IGF at Hyderabad – Managing CIR. In that sense the issue to be covered is consistent with the objectives of the Forum in 2008. The workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in the following aspects and for the reasons stated.

This Workshop explores a cross-cutting theme and addresses, among other things, the legal aspects of the CIR enabling environment that will ensure sustainability of ICT for development.

With respect to the enabling environment, this workshop corresponds to paragraphs 16, 62, 100, 101, and 102 of the Tunis Agenda. By contributing to building capacity on legal issues in the developing world, this Workshop is aimed at deepening the understanding of the inter-relationship of these issues and therefore will address many aspects of the mandate of the IGF under paragraph 72, inter alia:

·  facilitating discourse on cross-cutting public policy,

·  facilitating the exchange of best practices drawing on a range of expertise across disciplines,

·    enhancing availability and affordability of access in the developing world,

·     strengthening engagement of a range of stakeholders,

·     contributing to the identification of emerging legal issues critical to an effective enabling environment, and

·    contributing to the building of capacity drawing on international expertise.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
The organizers of this workshop have organized and hosted two previous “legal” workshops at the two previous IGFs.  In Athens we organized a workshop on building capacity on dealing with legal issues of Internet Governance.  At Rio, we organized another “legal” workshop focusing on different legal and other normative approaches to CIR governance.  Two of the organizers also organized a Best Practice Forum in Rio dealing with Data Breach Notification requirements on a global basis. Both of the previous workshops have drawn standing-room only crowds, and the Data Breach BPF, was highly regarded by attendees and participants and received considerable favorable press.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

See Item 7.  At Rio, reports were submitted for both the Workshop and the Best Practice Forum.  At Athens, a Workshop Report was also submitted.