The GCRI Rule

When a meeting is held under the GCRI Rule, participants are free to use the information received and the identity and affiliation of participants may be revealed, but no views expressed or other information received may be attributed to any participant.

The GCRI Rule is a variation of the Chatham House Rule. It was established to encourage open discussion in a relaxed environment while allowing for the public distribution of participant lists and social media sharing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is the GCRI Rule different from the Chatham House Rule?
A. Unlike the Chatham House Rule, participants can be identified in lists or social media provided that neither their identity nor their institutional affiliation(s) are attributed to information or opinions presented in the meeting.

Q. Can you attribute information that you shared to yourself?
A. Yes. Participants are free to share their own information, attributable only to themselves, should they choose.

Q. Is the GCRI Rule used for all meetings at GCRI?
A. No. When the GCRI Rule is used, participants will be notified ahead of time as well as at the beginning of the event. The GCRI Rule is often used for smaller, round table discussions or when a more sensitive topic is being discussed.

Q. Can you use social media while at an event under the GCRI Rule?
A. Social media can be used to share information without attribution. For example, a photograph of a slide presentation, in isolation, that doesn’t identify the source (individual or affiliation) can be posted. A video of the same slide with audible audio of the speaker, however, is not permissible.

Q. How is the GCRI Rule enforced?
A. At events hosted by GCRI, participants who violate the GCRI Rule may be asked to leave and/or excluded from participation and future events.

If you have a question about the GCRI Rule that is not answered by the above please contact us.

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