Statutes

Notice given to the Register of Associations 12.4.1996

1 § The name and domicile of the Association

The name of the Association is lus Gentium ry and the domicile is Helsinki

2 § Purpose of the Association

The purpose of the Association is:

1) to function as a scientific and operative society for those interested in international law and with international law associated disciplines,

2) to promote research, teaching and studies in international law, international private law, comparative law and with these disciplines associated jurisprudential and historical matters,

3) to promote knowledge and activism in relation to international issues,

4) to offer knowledge, actions and activities to persons interested in international issues in order to raise awareness of, research and solve global issues of importance to the future of mankind,

5) to in accordance with the goals and principles of the United Nations promote international understanding using the readiness brought about by legal training and legal professional conduct,

6) to support the international interaction of researchers and students in order to advance the education of the members into responsible and active members of the Association, and

7) to open up new perspectives to the international reality by offering a forum for different opinions.

3 § Means of operation

In order to fulfil its purposes and goals the Association:

1) publishes a yearbook of intenational law and related sciences and one or more series of publications as well as pursues other forms of publishing in relation to its purpose,

2) organizes meetings and occasions for discussions and lectures,

3) takes initiatives, gives presentations and files opinions,

4) works in cooperation with other as well domestic as foreign organizations with the same purposes,

5) produces and provides for the members scientific litterature and other materials without striving to make profits,

6) informs the members about events and other activities of interest within the association,

7) informs the research community, media and authorities about the activities of the association and its opinions, and

8) engages, if necessary, in other activities in support of the purpose and goal of the association.

4 § Support of the operation

In support of its pursuits, the Association can:

1) engage in publishing activities,

2) accept grants, donations and testaments, and

3) facilitate fundraising and lotteries.

The Association can own and posses securities and real estate necessary for its activities. The Association will, if needed, attain required permissions for its activities.

5 § Membership

Members of the Association are:

1) regular members, or persons conducting research, studying or otherwise owning an  interest in international law or related sciences who are accepted as a regular member by an unanimous decision of the board of the Association,

2) supportive members, or persons or legal persons who accepts the purpose and aim of the Association and who whishes to further the aim of the Association and who are accepted as a supportive member by the board of the Association, and

3) honorary members, or members of the Association or other persons, who have strived to further the aim of the Association or in respect on whom the Association otherwise wants to show its respect, and  who are invited as a honorary member to the Association by the Association meeting.

The membership-benefits of the correspondent-members of the Association according to prior rules are upheld.

6 § Membership fee

The members of the Association each year pay the membership fee. The membership fee is determined by the autumn meeting of the Association for the next calender year and is separate for regular members and supportive members. Those regular members, who are funding members of the Association as well as honorary members, are not required to pay membership fee. The autumn meeting of the Association can decide on separate fees for students, unemployed and others in a similar financial situation.

All publications and other benefits that come with the membership are withdrawn from members that do not pay the membership fee, until the due fee has been paid.

7 § Resignation

A member has the right to resign from the Association by written notice to the board or to the chairman or by announcing the resignation at a meeting of the Association.

The board of the Association can determine that a member has resigned if the member has not paid the membership fee during two consecutive years before the decision on resignation.

8 § The board of the Association

The board is composed of a chairman and at least two (2) and at the most fourteen (14) regular members and at least two (2) and at the most six (6) deputy members as chosen by the members of the Association at the autumn meeting of the Association.

9 § The tasks of the board

The board shall:

1) represent the Association and care of the Association in accordance with the decisions made in meetings of the Association,

2) choose between the regular members one or two (1-2) deputy chairmen,

3) choose a secretary and treasurer as well as other necessary functionals for the Association,

4) provide each of the regular members of the board with a personal area of responsibility within the functions and activities of the Association,

5) appoint necessary organs for its term of office,

6) keep a record of the members and decide on the acceptance and resignation of members, if these rules do not prescribe otherwise,

7) organize the meetings of the Association and execute the decisions of the meetings, and

8) take care of all matters, that according to law or these rules do not belong to other organs.

10 § Meetings of the board and decision-making

The board is summoned by the chairman, or if the chairman is unable to summon the board, by the deputy-chairman, when the chairman or the deputy-chairman considers it necessary or when at least two members of the board so requests.

The board is quorate when more than half of its members are present. The decision of the board is the opinion that holds the support of more than half of given votes, or, in the event of even voting, the opinion supported by the chairman, if these rules do not prescribe otherwise. In elections, those who have received the most votes are elected, but in the event of even voting a lottery is decisive.

11 § Writing of the name of the Association

Regular members of the board and other funcionaries of the Association have the right to write the name of the Association.

12 § Accounting period

The accounting period of the Association is the calender year.

13 § Summoning of meetings of the Association

Summonings to the meetings of the Association are posted to each member of the Association to the address given by this person at least two (2) weeks before the meeting.

14 § Meetings of the Association

The spring-meeting of the Association is held in January – May and the autumn-meeting in October – December each year on the date set by the board.

Extra-ordinary meetings of the Association are held when the meeting of the Association so decides or when the board so decides or when at least one tenth (1/10) of the members of the Association with voting-rights in writing asks the board to arrange such a meeting.

Meetings can be held, aside of at the domicile of the Association, anywhere in Finland.

15 § Voting-rights and decision-making in the meetings of the Association

At the meetings of the Association each present regular members and honorary member of the Association has one (1) vote. Supportive members do not have the right to vote.

The decision of the Association is the opinion which is supported by more than halo of the given votes. If the votes are even, the opinion supported by the chairman of the meeting prevails, unless law or these rules prescribe otherwise. In election, the person is elected who is supported by the majority of the votes, and in event of even voting a lottery is decisive.

16 § Spring meeting

The purpose of the spring meeting of the Association is:

1) to discuss the annual report of the board, the financial statement for the previous accounting period and the statement of the accountants,

2) decide on the notarization of the financial statement for the previous accounting period and on the granting of freedom of liability to those accountable, and

3) discuss and decide on other matters possibly raised.

17 § Autumn meeting

The purpose of the autumn meeting of the Association is:

1) to decide on the strategy for the next year, membership fees and the budget,

2) to choose the chairman of the board for the next term of office,

3) to decide on the number of the other members and deputy-members of the board in accordance with the rules set out in § 8 of these rules,

4) to choose the other regular and deputy members of the board for the next term of office,

5) to choose two accountants and to deputy accountants for the checking and revision of the accounts and the management of the Association for the next term of office, and

6) discuss and decide on other possible matters.

18 § Changes to the rules and dissolving the Association

A decision changing the rules of the Association must be made at a meeting of the Association by a minimum of three fourths (3/4) of the given votes.

Decisions on dissolving the Association must be taken in two consecutive meetings, with at least twenty (20) days between them. The decisions must be supported by at least two thirds (2/3) of the given votes.

The summon to the meetings must mention that changes to the rules or dissolution of the Association will be discussed and decided on. If the Association dissolves, the assets of the Association will be used to further the purposes of the Association in a manner decided on by the meeting of the Association.