Roy Balleste, is Law Library Director and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University, in Miami Gardens, Florida. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance, law, policy, its history, actors, institutions and human rights considerations). Professor Balleste is also a founding partner of ABH Aerospace, LLC.
Professor Balleste has concentrated his scholarship in the areas of internet governance, suborbital flights, cybersecurity in outer space, the intersection of military activities and internet governance policy and the relationship between information, technology, and people. He teaches internet governance policy and cybersecurity policy at St. Thomas University School of Law. In November 2007, he participated in the Second UN Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro. He also participated in the Fifth UN Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2010. Before attending the meeting in Vilnius, Professor Balleste submitted a comment supporting the continuation of the IGF beyond its original five-year mandate. Professor Balleste is a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) where he served as secretary of the Steering Committee from December 2010 to December 2012.
Dr. Balleste is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), including its Cyberspace Law Working Group. In 2015, Roman and Littlefield published two of his books: Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities, and Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance (co-edited with Dr. Joanna Kulesza). Most recently, Dr. Balleste authored the lead article in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, with a piece entitled “War in the Expanse: The Metaphysics of Cyberspace,” 15 C.J.L.T. 1-192 (June 2017).
Professor Balleste is a member of ICANN's Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He was a member of the NCUC’s Executive Committee as the Representative for North America until December of 2015. His primary focus has been on GNSO issues that deal with the protection of the user. Dr. Balleste was a member of the ‘Thick’ Whois Policy Development Process Working Group (November 2012- November 2013). The Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (WG) was chartered to provide the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization with a policy recommendation regarding the use of 'thick' Whois by all gTLD Registries, both existing and future.
Professor Balleste was a member of the GNSO RAA Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues PDP Working Group. In initiating negotiations for the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN requested a GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) to address remaining issues not dealt with in the RAA negotiations that would be suited to a PDP. With the Board's approval of the 2013 RAA, the GNSO proceeded with the GNSO RAA Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues PDP Working Group. The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) is the contract that governs the relationship between ICANN and its accredited registrars. Its provisions also may have impacts on registrants and other third parties involved in the domain name system.
ICANN Meetings Attended
- ICANN 44 - Prague
- ICANN 45 - Toronto
- ICANN 48 - Buenos Aires
- ICANN 50 - London
- ICANN 51 - Los Angeles
- ICANN 60 - Abu Dhabi
J.S.D., Intercultural Human Rights (Internet Governance), St. Thomas University School of Law
LL.M., in Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University School of Law
LL.M., in Air and Space Law, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law
M.A. in Library Science., University of South Florida
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
B.A. in Political Science, Jacksonville University