Internet-Draft termlimits October 2021
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R. Salz
Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Term limits for IETF Leadership Positions


This document says that nobody can be picked by NomCom for a position more than two consecutive terms.

It obsoletes some other documents, which ones are TBD.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

After a person has served two consecutive terms in any NomCom-chosen position, they are ineligible to directly serve for another term in any NomCom-chosen position; there must be a gap of at least one year. This rule goes into effect starting in March, 2023.

2. Conventions and Definitions

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all capitals, as shown here.

3. Security Considerations

This document has no security considerations.

4. IANA Considerations

This document has no IANA actions.

5. Normative References

Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, , <>.
Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC 2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174, , <>.


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Author's Address

Rich Salz
Akamai Technologies, Inc.