Articles of Association of
The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central
Approved by the General Assembly
Kaunas, 25 April 2014
This statute regulates provisions for the name, location, representation, goals and activities that achieve the goal, internal structure, bodies of the association, their participation, powers decision making conditions and methods for electing and demoting, length of term in the office, and responsibilities of members; property and division of possible profit, property acquiring, closing and property actions in case of the cease of the association.
The name of the association is The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (in short ISORECEA), hereinafter referred to as the "Association". Location of the Association is Zagreb, Croatia, Amruševa 11.
1. The Association acts pursuant to the provisions of the Law on Societies (Official Gazette No 88 of October 11th 2001) and possesses a legal personality.
2. The term of existence of the Association is perpetual.
3. The area of activity of the Association is unlimited, encompassing the whole world.
The Association has a right to use its own seal and other designations, according to the applicable law. The stamp of the association is round with 4cm diameter with the text on the edge reading: Udruga za međunarodno istraživanje religije u Istočnoj i Srednišnoj Europi UMRISE, Zagreb and The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA).
The Association has based its activities on the voluntary work of its members.
The Association can be represented by the President, Vice President and Honorary President. The General Assembly of the Association may give other individuals power to represent the Association.
OBJECTIVES AND MEANS OF THE ASSOCIATION
The objectives for which the Society is established are:
1. Development and exchange of scientific information concerning religion and churches in Eastern and Central Europe, with regard to the following: religious studies, sociology of the religion, ethnology, ethnography, history, psychology, law and any other related disciplines.
2. Creation of a network for the exchange and updating of information concerning above mentioned issues.
3. Organisation of international conferences at least every two years, presenting papers on the subject of religion in Central and Eastern Europe and summarising achievements of different organization or persons and discussing them.
4. Publishing books, journals, in particular Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe which is the Association's official journal, and other scientific materials.
5. Promotion of young scientists and students from different countries.
6. Promotion of publications of its members.
To achieve objectives mentioned in Article 6, the Association shall:
1. Organise an e-mail network, containing list of members of the Association, including details like: area of activity, affiliation, occupied position and the catalogue of the most important publications. Such list shall be fully accessible for the Association's members. It shall permit direct contacts between members and facilitate their electronic co-operation.
2. Undertake and conduct scientific research.
3. Organise scientific conferences and participate in them.
4. Look for donors willing to support the Association.
The work of the Association is public. The public will be informed on the work of the Association in the methods outlined in this Statute:
- Timely reporting to its members on the activities of the Association and significant events, written reports, special meetings and in other appropriate matters,
- Public statements.
MEMBERS, THEIR RIGHTS AND DUTIES
There shall be three classes of membership, as follows:
1. Ordinary members
2. Honorary members
3. Supporting members
The membership is open for all, irrespective of their nationality. Ordinary member of the Association can be any major person:
- Who has done scientific work in the field of religious studies or pursues his/her studies in this field and
- Who has expressed his/her will to join the Association, and
- Has been approved of by the Executive Board.
Membership in the association is acquired by registering with the Secretary of the association.
Honorary membership is awarded by the General Assembly of ISORECEA. The Honorary members are exempt from the obligation to pay Association's dues and they enjoy the same rights as the Ordinary members of the Association. An Honorary member can be elected by the General Assembly as Honorary President of the Association.
Supporting member of the Association can be any natural or legal person interested in the scientific activities of the Association, contributing materially or financially to its activities that submit the written application form and be approved by the Executive Board. The Supporting member enjoys the rights enlisted in Article 15(3)-(4) and also has a right to attend the General Assembly of the Association with consultative voice. Only Ordinary and Honorary members are entitled to vote actively and passively in the General Assembly. The Supporting member having status of legal entity acts in the Association by its representative.
An Ordinary member has the right to:
1. Elect and be elected to the Authorities of the Associations.
2. Take part in meetings of the Association (including the General Assembly) with vote on its matters.
3. Enjoy the support of the Association.
4. Submit motions and demands concerning activities of the Association.
A member is obliged to:
1. Pay Association's dues regularly. This does not refer to Honorary members.
2. Participate in the life of the Association.
3. Support the development of the Association, safeguard its reputation and comply with appropriate standards.
4. Promote activities of the Association.
The membership terminates in the event of:
1. Written and voluntary resignation of the member.
2. Discontinuation stated by the decision of the Executive Board – in case of failure to contribute to the association's dues for a period of three months after prior written reminder.
3. Expulsion by the resolution of the Executive Board. This can be pronounced only when a member acts contrary to regulations and resolutions of Association's Authorities, or injures the Association in an unreasonable manner.
4. Loss of legal personality in case of legal entity having a status of a Supporting member.
AUTHORITIES OF ASSOCIATION
The organs of the Association shall be:
1. The General Assembly
2. The Executive Board
3. The Audit Commission
The General Assembly shall be the supreme authority of the Association; it can be summoned as regular or extraordinary one. The General Assembly shall have the authority to:
1. Establish the working and financial programme of the Association.
2. Grant the vote of acceptance to the Executive Board for its previous activities (on the submission of the Audit Commission).
3. Award Honorary membership and elect the Association's President, Honorary President, Vice President, the members of the Executive Board (including the Secretary, Treasurer and Editor(s)-in-chief of the Association's journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe) and the Audit Commission.
4. Set of the amount of membership dues.
5. Adopt amendments to the Articles of the Association and dissolve the Association.
6. Consider appeals to the decisions of the Executive Board.
7. Adopt internal regulations.
8. Take decisions in all matters not reserved to other bodies of the Association.
9. The regular General Assembly shall be convened every two years.
10. Legal validity of the resolutions.
a. The resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are legally valid, if at least half of the members of the Association participating in the concomitant Conference are present. If there is not present a sufficient number of members of the Association, a second meeting shall be held. If at least 15 members are present at the rescheduled meeting, it shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of all business.
b. The General Assembly adopts resolutions by simple majority vote. This does not refer to decisions regarding amendments to the Association's Articles and the dissolution of the Association. In these cases the decisions shall be subjected to the two-thirds majority vote of members present at the General Assembly.
c. Election of the President, Vice President, members of the Executive Board and Audit Commission can be carried out by correspondence. In such case all members of the Association shall receive voting card, containing instruction and stating the deadline for the casting of vote. The voting card shall be dispatched at least one month prior to the deadline for counting the votes.
The Extraordinary General Assembly is convened by the Executive Board
1. On its own initiative
2. Upon the request of the Audit Commission
3. On the written demand of at least one-third of the Ordinary members of the Association.
The Extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened by at least three months written notice. It shall hold debates on the matters for which it was convened.
The Executive Board shall be the supreme body of the Association between the meetings of the General Assembly. It shall be composed of the Honorary President, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor(s)-in-chief of the Association's journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, immediate past President of the Executive Board, and no more than five other members of the Association. Additionally, the organiser of the upcoming Association's conference joins the Executive Board after he or she is approved by members of the Board. No remuneration shall be awarded for the performance of their duties.
The Executive Board shall meet at least every two years. Both consultation and voting shall be allowed by exchange of the emails. The resolutions of the Board are adopted by simple majority vote. In the case of equal numbers of votes, the vote of the President shall decide.
The Executive Board shall have the authority to:
1. Manage and supervise all activities of the Association.
2. Admit new members and discontinue memberships.
3. Manage the finances of the Association within approved financial plan.
4. Approve the annual budget.
5. Submit reports on the activities of the Association.
6. Propose the amount of membership dues to the General Assembly.
7. Appoint candidates for offices of the Association.
8. Elect members of the Editorial Board of the Association's journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe based on the proposal by the journal's Editor(s)-in-chief.
9. Elect the organiser of the upcoming Association's conference based on submitted proposals.
If during the term of office, the number of the members of the Executive Board decreases, the Executive Board shall have a right to fill the vacancies by maximum three persons.
The General Assembly shall elect by ballot: the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Editor(s)-in-chief of the Association's official journal, other members of the Executive Board excluding the organiser of the upcoming Association's conference, and members of the Audit Commission for a four year term. The mandate may be repeated. The offices of the President and the Vice President may be held for no more than two terms.
The President or the Vice President of the Executive Board and Honorary President shall represent the Association in the external relations. The President or the Vice President of the Executive Board, or any other member of the Association officially deputised by both of them, sign the Association's documents and correspondence. The President and the Vice President are also personally liable for any financial obligations of the Association.
The Audit Commission shall be composed of three members elected for the term of four years by General Assembly. Members of the Audit Commission cannot be at the same time members of the Executive Board. If during the term of office, the number of the members of the Audit Commission decreases, the Executive Board shall have a right to fill the vacancy by maximum one person.
The Audit Commission controls the overall activity of the Association, particularly the financial management. The Commission presents to the General Assembly of the members its conclusion concerning the financial management of the Association and prepares submission on the vote of confidence for the Executive Board.
PROPERTY OF THE ASSOCIATION
Property of the Association includes:
- Financial funds;
- Real property;
- Other property rights.
The property of the Society shall consist of:
- Membership dues;
- State grants, donations from private individuals and other organisations;
- Income earned from publication and other economic activities of the Association;
- From other sources in line with the law.
The financial year runs from the first of January to the thirty-first of December, inclusively.
THE DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The dissolution of the Association has to be performed during the session of General Assembly with the acceptance of at least two-thirds of the number of the members present. In the event of dissolution of the Association, such decision must specify the manner in which the Society's funds, properties and obligations will be liquidated.
AMENDMENTS TO THESE ARTICLES
The decision regarding amendments to these Articles of Association in the General Assembly shall be subjected to the two-thirds majority vote of members present. The approved changes shall be submitted to appropriate State registration Authorities.