Semi-private international rulemaking: Lessons learned from the WIPO domain name process

A. Michael Froomkin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Scopus citations


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) domain name process was an ambitious and at least partly successful attempt to make rules about a public issue-the relationship between Internet domain names and intellectual property law-via a semiprivate process. It produced a lengthy and very readable report, which advanced the debate over the regulation of domain names (WIPO 1999a). The semi-private process leading up to that report had several novel features, and perhaps as a result was not well understood by the public or even key participants. Trailblazing is never easy The lessons learned from this experience might suggest that this particular trail is better treated as a dead end; if, however, the process is to be repeated, as seems all too likely lessons learned from this first run can improve any future attempts at a semi-private process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRegulating the Global Information Society
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)0203988892, 9781134548002
ISBN (Print)0415242177, 9780415242172
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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