Domains & Jurisdiction Program Operational Approaches


Published on
April 24, 2019

The Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is delighted to announce the release of Operational Approaches documents (download links below) for each of its three policy Programs: Data & JurisdictionContent & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction. They contain concrete proposals for Operational Norms, Operational Criteria and Operational Mechanisms to address some of the most pressing cross-border legal challenges of the digital 21st century.

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The proposals for concrete Operational Norms, Criteria and Mechanism put forth in the Data & Jurisdiction Operational Approaches documents intend to provide a common frame of reference for public and private decision-makers in their efforts to develop policy standards and cooperation frameworks.

The Operational Approaches documents will feed into the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on June 3-5, 2019 in Berlin, which is organized in partnership with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and institutionally supported by six international organizations: Council of Europe, European Commission, ICANN, OECD, United Nations ECLAC, and UNESCO. On their basis, stakeholders will discuss the Berlin Roadmap to structure the work in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network for the next two years, in preparation for its 4th Global Conference in 2021.

The Operational Approaches documents are the result of a best effort by the Members of the three Programs’ Contact Groups established to address the issues identified by stakeholders in the Ottawa Roadmap of the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on February 26-28, 2018. The work of the Program’s Contact Groups was facilitated by three neutral Coordinators, appointed by the I&J Secretariat and selected for their outstanding expertise and standing in the community.

The Work Plans of the Ottawa Roadmap identified important structuring questions to further guide interactions within the three Programs of the Policy Network. The Operational Approaches released today are a joint contribution by some of the most engaged experts in this field to advance the ongoing debate on the complex cross-border issues of access to electronic evidence, online content moderation and restrictions, and requests for domain suspensions. They should however not be understood as the result of a formal negotiation validated by the Programs’ Contact Group Members’ organizations.

The proposals for concrete Operational Norms, Criteria and Mechanism put forth in the Operational Approaches documents are intended to provide a common frame of reference for public and private decision-makers in order to help stakeholders take into account the full range of relevant parameters when developing and implementing responsible frameworks, rules and practices to address the issues addressed within the three I&J Programs.

From Paris to Berlin and beyond: Stakeholders from Around the World Progress Towards Operational Solutions

On November 14-16, 2016, over 200 stakeholders from more than 40 countries gathered at the 1st Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network in Paris, France, where they collectively identified Areas for Cooperation for the three Programs, based on Framing Papers summarizing four years of international deliberations in the Policy Network. These Areas for Cooperation served as mandate for three Programs’ Contact Groups, whose Members developed Policy Options outlining tangible pathways to jointly address pressing cross-border legal challenges in cyberspace. These three Policy Options documents then formed the basis for discussions at the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, on February 26-28, 2018, in Ottawa, Canada. There, for the very first time, stakeholders defined, concrete Common Objectives and detailed Work Plans to jointly develop policy standards and concrete solutions in each Program of the Policy Network. Together, they form the Ottawa Roadmap. To implement the Ottawa Roadmap, Members from around the world worked intensively in the Programs of the Policy Network between July 2018 and April 2019 to develop the present Operational Approaches. They will feed into the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, on June 3-5, 2019, in Berlin, Germany.

Historical Documents and Background Information

List of Members  | Framing Paper (2016) |  Policy Options Document  (2017) | Common Objective and Work Plan of the Ottawa Roadmap (2018)  | Operational Approaches (2019)

Members of the Domains & Jurisdiction Program's Contact Group


Maarten Botterman
Director, GNKS Consult and Board Director 



Benedict Addis 
Registrar of Last Resort (RoLR)


Fiona Alexander 
Associate Administrator
United States, Department of Commerce NTIA


Tijani Ben Jemaa 
Executive Director 
Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (MFIA)


James Bladel 
Vice President of Policy 


Jordan Carter 
Chief Executive 


Mishi Choudhary
Legal Director 
Software Freedom Law Centre

Brian Cimbolic
Vice President and General Counsel 
Public Interest Registry

Keith Drazek 
Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations 


Heather Dryden 
Senior Advisor 
Canada, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development


Rita Forsi 
Director General, Superior Institute for Communications and Information Technology 
Italy, Ministry of Economic Development


Jothan Frakes 
Executive Director 
Domain Name Association (DNA)


Grace Githaiga 
Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET)


Hartmut Glaser 
Executive Secretary 
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (


Rahul Gosain 
Director, IRSME 
India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Rudolf Gridl 
Head of Division, Internet Governance 
Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Rob Hall 


Byron Holland 
President and CEO 
Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA)


Will Hudson 
Senior Advisor for International Policy 


Manal Ismail 
Executive Director, International Technical Coordination 
Egypt, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority


Konstantinos Komaitis 
Senior Director, Strategy and Policy Development
Internet Society (ISOC)


Marilia Maciel 
Digital Policy Senior Researcher 
Diplo Foundation


Desiree Miloshevic 
Senior Advisor, International Affairs and Public Policy 


Paul Mitchell 
Senior Director, Technology Policy 


Cristina Monti 
Policy Officer, International Data Flows and Protection
European Commission, DG JUST


Michele Neylon 
Blacknight Internet Solutions


Seun Ojedeji 
Chief Network Engineer 
Federal University of Oye-Ekiti

Crystal Ondo
Vice President, Corporate Affairs


Rod Rasmussen 
R2 Cyber


Bryan Schilling 
Consumer Safeguards Director 


Jorg Schweiger 


Geo Van Langenhove 
Legal Manager & Data Protection Officer 
European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid)


Peter Van Roste 
General Manager 
Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR)


Chris Wilson 
Senior Manager, Public Policy (Internet Governance)
Amazon Web Services