II. Expert Advisory Panels
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Section 7 of the Blueprint endorsed the use within the ICANN policy-development process of Expert Advisory Panels as sources of independent expert advice on particular public policy matters that may arise. The New Bylaws recommended in the ERC’s "final" implementation report take only a first step in realizing the potential of expert input, addressing use of outside advisors in a partial way in item 10(b) of Annex A (with respect to development of policies within the GNSO). In continuing its efforts to fully implement Section 7 of the Blueprint, the ERC recognizes the benefits of establishing relationships with Expert Advisory Panels, through appropriate mechanisms within the ICANN structure, particularly those institutionally coordinated within specialized organizations, including by encouraging constructive participation by relevant multinational governmental and treaty organizations.
In the cases where advice is sought concerning matters of public policy from Expert Advisory Panels drawn from relevant multinational governmental and treaty organizations, the ERC believes that the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) is the appropriate body to facilitate arrangements for such assistance. The GAC is the body chartered to advise ICANN on the concerns of governments, under whose auspices multinational governmental and treaty organizations operate. It is important that the scope and means of interaction between ICANN and those organizations be institutionalized in a manner that is satisfactory to governments, matching up governmental or treaty organizations with areas of expertise relevant to pertinent public policy considerations within ICANN's mission. Thus, the establishment of appropriate arrangements, including definition of scope and process, for obtaining advice from such organizations should be done in consultation with the GAC.
Advice received from Expert Advisory Panels should be advisory and not binding, and intended to augment the record available to the Board or policy-development bodies as appropriate.
Section 1 of Article XI-A of the proposed New Bylaws covers these concepts.