GAC Advice

Current Advice and Applicant Responses

Applicant Advisories

What is GAC Advice?

Advice from the GAC to the ICANN Board regarding an application identified as being problematic, e.g., that potentially violates national law or raises sensitivities.

What Does GAC Advice Mean?

  • If GAC Advice is based on a consensus of the GAC, it will create a strong presumption that the application should not be approved. If the ICANN Board does not act in accordance with this type of advice, it must provide rationale for doing so.
  • If the GAC advises that there are concerns about a particular application, the ICANN Board is expected to enter into dialogue with the GAC to understand the scope of concerns and provide rationale for its decision.
  • If the GAC advises that an application should not proceed unless remediated, this will create a strong presumption that the application should not proceed unless there is a remediation method available in the Applicant Guidebook (such as securing the approval of one or more governments) that is implemented by the applicant. If the issue identified by the GAC is not remediated, the ICANN Board is expected to provide a rationale for its decision if it does not follow GAC advice.

Timing of GAC Advice

  • The Applicant Guidebook states – To be considered by the ICANN Board during the evaluation process, GAC Advice must be submitted by the close of the Objection Filing Period.
  • The GAC has advised the ICANN Board that it "is considering the implications of providing any GAC advice on gTLD applications. These considerations are not expected to be finalized before the Beijing meeting in April 2013."
  • The timing of GAC Advice will not impact the processing of applications. Regardless of when GAC Advice is submitted to the Board, applicants will have 21 calendar days to submit a response to the ICANN Board.
  • GAC advice can be tracked via the GAC website at https://gacweb.icann.org/display/GACADV/GAC+Register+of+Advice.