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Resolution of domain name disputes

Disputes relating to registered .RS and .СРБ domains are resolved before the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Committee for the Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domains. Dispute proceedings are conducted according to the Rules for Proceedings for the Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domains, approved by the RNIDS Conference of Co-founders.

In submitting an application for the registration of a national Internet domain, and hence accepting the general terms and conditions, the registrant accepts the authority of the Committee. The plaintiff, in initiating proceedings before the Committee, accepts the authority of the Committee for the Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domains. In accepting the authority of the Committee, the parties to the procedure do not relinquish rights to recourse to the courts in regard to the dispute.

RNIDS and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, according to established international practice, approach the resolution of any disputes that arise in relation to rights to registered national domains through a committee-based process. This approach is a faster, cheaper and more effective process of dispute resolution as compared to bringing those processes before a court.

An Arbitration Council considers and determines whether in registering and using a national Internet domain, the registered holder has violated intellectual property rights or some other subjective right of the plaintiff, in accordance with the provisions of the Rules. The proceedings are initiated with the submission of charges on the part of the plaintiff or his or her legal representative.

The first member of the Arbitration Council is named by the plaintiff, who when submitting his or her petition supplies a list with the names of three arbiters from the List of arbiters. The Committee presidency assigns the plaintiff the first available arbiter from the list supplied. The second member of the Arbitration Council is named by the registrant, who in his or her response to the petition supplies a list with the names of three arbiters from the list of arbiters. The Committee presidency assigns the registrant the first available arbiter from the list supplied. The third member of the Arbitration Council is chosen by agreement of the elected arbiters from the list of arbiters.

The arbitration procedure lasts, as a rule, 60 days from the day of submission of the charges. The arbitration decision is final and no appeal can be lodged against it. The decision of the Arbitration Council is enacted on the expiry of ten days from the day of receipt of the decision by RNIDS, except in the event that a party to the proceedings has submitted proof of initiation of proceedings before the competent court, in which case enactment of the decision is postponed until the decision of the court enters into force.

Committee President: Dušan Popović, Ph.D
Committee Vice President: Marko Jovanović, Ph.D

Committee address: Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Knez Mihailova br. 10/I Tel: (+381 11) 4149-415; (+381 11) 4149-417;

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Rules on Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domain Names

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