Online Dispute Resolution – The Phenomenon of the UDRP

P Torrremans (ed), Research Handbook on the Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 681

42 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014

Date Written: May 5, 2014

Abstract

Judged against its objective of providing an alternative to litigation in national courts for resolving domain name disputes, the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) has proved a phenomenal success. This chapter analyses the reasons for, and the consequences of that success. In particular, it explores the conceptual basis of the UDRP, to identify how a meaningful remedy can be obtained and implemented without the need to resort to a national law or a national court. It then reviews the actual utilisation of the UDRP, to identify the extent to which it provides efficient, effective and consistent outcomes. Finally, it identifies and assesses criticisms of the UDRP, to determine whether this phenomenon of online IP dispute resolution is a beneficial one.

Keywords: online, dispute resolution, domain names, cross-border, enforcement; UDRP

JEL Classification: K00, K29

Suggested Citation

Christie, Andrew F., Online Dispute Resolution – The Phenomenon of the UDRP (May 5, 2014). P Torrremans (ed), Research Handbook on the Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 681. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2433380

Andrew F. Christie (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.andrewchristie.com

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