Information for Experts - .nz DRS

Published on 18 Dec 2005
InternetNZ is implementing a dispute resolution service (DRS) for .nz domain names. The service is intended to provide an alternative to the Courts in situations where two parties are in dispute over who has the greater right to use a domain name, and therefore who the true registrant of a .nz domain name should be. The DRS is expected to operate in a three-tiered manner, with the first tier being informal mediation, the second tier being expert adjudication and the third being an appeal process.

Implementation of the DRS will involve the appointment of eight experts. Once appointed, an Expert will be assigned to a dispute on a "first cab off the rank" basis as disputes are lodged with the service.

Experts will adjudicate between complainants and respondents to determine the rightful holder of the name, giving consideration to the submissions made in the written complaint, response and reply, and additional written materials submitted as annexes. The Expert’s decision will be delivered as a written report, and will be published on the DNC website. The decision is able to be appealed, in which case a panel of three Experts will consider the appeal case.

Applications for the Expert positions are currently being sought. The following information for applicants is available:
- A Detailed Information Paper providing background to the position;
- The Advertisement seeking candidates for the Expert positions;
- A Role Description for the Expert positions;
- An Agreement that Experts will be required to sign; and
- The Draft Policy for the DRS. Public comment on this draft policy closed at midday on Thursday 5 January 2006.

Applications for these positions close at 5pm on Friday 17 February 2006. Applications, consisting of a curriculum vitae and covering letter, should be emailed to