Cooperation agreement between the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution

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March 13,2021

Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority signed a cooperation agreement with the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) aimed to organize and manage disputes relating to the domain names '.BH' and '.Albahrain' Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) .

On this occasion, Director of Technical & Operations of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain Eng. Mohamed Alnoaimi stated “TRA signed this agreement with the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution to settle disputes resulting from the use of domain names. This will have a positive impact in making the domain name for the Kingdom of Bahrain trusted and reliable.”

Mrs. Majd Khaddash, Director of the Center, outlined that the agreement provides partnership between the two parties in the field of managing disputes carried out by the authority, specifically in relation to the domain names ".BH" and ".Albahrain", whereby the Center shall coordinate with complainants, respondents and registrars to complete the necessary documents for filing cases, in addition to the panelists adopted by the Center.

The Center provides services in the areas of domain names attributable to dispute management, and was approved by ICANN on the 18th of May, 2013.

She added that ACDR maintains a leading position when it comes to implementing the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), along with its supplemental rules. The Center aims to provide the adequate and reliable support to reinforce guidelines, procedures and format for disputes resolution process, in addition to cases involving inaccurate registrations carried out in bad faith. The Center also seeks to promote effective communication with an aim of promoting a broader understanding of policies relating to the latest developments in intellectual property law and the resolution of disputes over domain names.

It is noteworthy that ICANN, a non-profit organization, includes participants from around the world seeking to preserve the security, stability and interoperability of the online community, and has worked towards building domain name dispute settlement guidelines.

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