Generic Top-Level Domains

-  A Study of Transnational Private Regulation 

By Tobias Mahler



This topical book examines the regulatory framework for introducing generic Top-Level Domains on the Internet. Drawn up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), these rules form part of a growing body of transnational private regulation, complementing national and international law. The book elucidates and discusses how ICANN has tackled a diverse set of economic and regulatory issues, including competition, consumer protection, property rights, procedural fairness, and the resolution of disputes.


Part I ICANN and Generic Top-level Domains 1. Introduction 2. A Global ‘Private’ Regime Governing the Domain Name System (DNS) 3. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on a Path Toward a Constitutional System 4. The 2012 Generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) Programme 5. Transnational Private Regulation 6. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN’s) Regulatory Authority 7. Property Rights in Generic Top-level Domains (gTLDs) 8. Market Regulation 9. The Application Process 10. Expert Determinations and Procedural Fairness 11. ‘Public Interest’ Regulation 12. Regulated Non-use of Domain Names 13. Concluding Remarks Index


Edvard Elgar Publishing, April 2019



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