This topical book critically examines the regulatory framework for generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) on the Internet. The regulation drawn up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) applies at a global level, complementing national and international law. These rules form part of a growing body of transnational private regulation.
Generic Top-Level Domains offers a clear and engaging analysis of how ICANN has tackled a diverse set of regulatory issues related to the introduction of new gTLDs, such as property rights, competition and consumer protection. Studying recent case law, the book argues for a stronger focus on procedural fairness for future introductions of new gTLDs. It also highlights how ICANN's contractual framework regulates the registration and use of domain names and argues that ICANN's regulatory authority ought to be clarified in order to avoid regulatory overreach.
Uniquely comprehensive, this book will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in Internet governance, domain name law and transnational private regulation. Practitioners working in the domain name industry will also find this a valuable resource.
'Tobias Mahler's book Generic Top-Level Domains is a highly important contribution to the newly developing concept of transnational private regulation. The alteration and expansion of the domain name space since 2012 merit the given deep analysis of the globally applicable rules pertaining to an emerging class of legal sources and of the changing property and contract rights notions. The book convincingly also pleads for the implementation of a more elaborated ICANN arbitration system.'
– Rolf H. Weber, University of Zürich, Switzerland
'This study by Tobias Mahler is a sophisticated, highly recommended piece of research. It describes the whole universe of ICANN's theories and their role in establishing new gTLDs. With his broad knowledge and expertise in information law, Tobias Mahler capably defines new problems related to the regulation of gTLDs. Everyone who is interested in Internet governance definitely needs to buy this masterpiece of research.'
– Thomas Hoeren, University of Muenster, Germany
Tobias Mahler, Faculty of Law, The University of Oslo, Norway.