ARIN Board Adopts Bylaws Changes

Posted: Tuesday, 07 June 2022

ARIN is pleased to announce that the ARIN Board of Trustees adopted changes to ARIN’s Bylaws at its meeting on 16 May 2022 and in accordance with Article X, Section 6 of the ARIN Bylaws. The updated ARIN Bylaws may be viewed at ARIN Bylaws; and the specific changes may be viewed in the corresponding change log at ARIN Bylaws Change Log.

ARIN appreciates the constructive comments and discussion from the community on these items, and the substantive updates were in response to the community’s feedback. Any questions may be discussed and addressed in the ARIN general member mailing list.

The changes to the ARIN Bylaws include the following:

  • Electoral Process: Replace current model, which assumes third-party nominations, to allow for self-nominations. General updates to the Nomination of Candidates language.
  • Board Expansion: Expand the Board’s elected seats, over the next three years, from six (6) to nine (9) Trustees. With the President & CEO, the Board will therefore expand from seven (7) to ten (10) Trustees. Remove the ability to appoint an additional voting Board member; and clarify that conflict-of-interest provisions apply both at time of appointment and throughout the term of office. Update to the eligibility language.
  • Committee Governance: List Standing Committees explicitly; remove detailed committee descriptions; add committee governance requirements.
  • Term Limits: Board Trustees may serve for up to three consecutive full terms. They are then ineligible to serve again for a two-year period.
  • General: Modify language to be gender neutral.

The relevant Community Consultations are as follows:

The changes affect:

  • Article V, Sections 2, 3;
  • Article VI, Sections 1(b), 1(c), 1(d), 1(e), 2(b), 3, 4(a), 7, 8(a);
  • Article VII, Sections 1-7, 8(b);
  • Article VIII, Sections 1(b), 2, 3(b);
  • Article IX, Section 6

Thank you to the ARIN community for its participation in the relevant community consultations and discussions regarding the ARIN Bylaws.


Michael Abejuela
General Counsel
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)