Canadian Journal of Law and Technology


Richard Wu


UDRP, ICANN, Singapore, domain name dispute policy


In this article, I will analyse the salient features of the Policy and evaluate the extent to which they match international practice. I will focus, in particular, upon the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the rules made under the UDRP. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international body responsible for domain name management, adopted both in 1999. As the nature of domain name disputes and dispute resolution rules are very similar in different countries, domain name disputes are becoming a global phenomenon, leading to the development of a kind of ‘‘Internet common law’’. I will, therefore, discuss new developments in other common law countries such as the United Kingdom (U.K.) and United States (U.S.), as they will invariably influence Singapore in its interpretation of the Policy. I will also evaluate both the merits and demerits of the Policy. In conclusion, I will analyze the significance of the Policy for Singapore.