Re: IETF 107 Vancouver In-Person Meeting Cancelled

Nick Hilliard <nick@foobar.org> Wed, 11 March 2020 11:22 UTC

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Subject: Re: IETF 107 Vancouver In-Person Meeting Cancelled
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JORDI PALET MARTINEZ wrote on 10/03/2020 20:37:
> According to lawyers, at least in the case of Spanish law, from what
> I got about 10 minutes ago, if an event organizer cancels a meeting,
> it is responsible and liable for any cancellation's costs to
> participants, unless there is a "force major cause" (which clearly is
> not the case, until it is declared by the corresponding government).

Could someone from the IETF confirm that this has been taken into 
account in the risk analysis for the Madrid meeting?

It's entirely possible that a covid-19 outbreak could rumble on for some 
time, and if local legislation in Spain means that the IETF was liable 
to pay attendee costs if the Madrid meeting were cancelled, then this 
could present a financial threat to the viability of the IETF.

Nick