ARTICLES OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LAWYERS AND JURISTS (Amendment) 5767-2007
Art.1. This first International Congress of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists hereby resolves
to create and establish a non-political and non-profitmaking body to be called
HaIrgun HaBeinleumi shel Orchei Din U-Mishpetanim Yehudim, and in English “The
International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists” having the following
objectives, purposes and articles.
REGISTERED OFFICE & BRANCHES
Art.2. a) The Center and Head Office of the Association is in Jerusalem. The
Association may establish branches and regional offices in such places and countries
as may be decided by the Board of Governors and nominate representatives.
b) No branch shall be approved unless its stated objects are identical to the objects of
the International Association.
c) All members of a branch must be members of the Association and pay fees directly
to the Association.
Art.3. The objects of the Association are:
a) To contribute, alone or with cooperation with other international or ‘national
organizations’, towards the establishment of an International legal order based
on the Rule of Law in relations between all Nations and states; and to promote
Human Rights and the principles of quality of men and the right of all states
and peoples to leave in peace.
b) To promote and maintain cooperation and exchanges between members of the
c) To promote study of legal problems of special interest to Jewish Communities
in the world within the framework of International and Domestic Law.
d) To promote in consultation with the legal profession in Israel and its organs,
the study of legal problems of particular interest to the State of Israel.
e) To seek information and data on the legal and personal status of Jews in fact
and in law, in various countries, with special reference to the status of Jews
within the framework of the International Declarations and Conventions on
Human Rights and International Law.
f) To promote the study of and research into the sources of Jewish Law with
reference to the legal concepts of other nations.
g) With reference to the foregoing, to promote the study of and research into the
system of comparative law with a view to disseminating information to
members of the Association.
h) To organize, promote and maintain legal assistance through the members of
the Association and its organs for such cases as may be approved by the
i) In respect of the foregoing to engage in any other matter in legal spheres as the
organs of the Association may decide.
Art. 4. The membership in the Association shall be open to:
a) Jewish Lawyers and Jurists who identify with the objects of the
b) Such other Lawyers and Jurists and Organizations of Lawyers and
Jurists of whatever race, colour or creed, who identify themselves with
the objects of the Association.
Art.5. All applications for membership shall be made in writing. Members shall be
admitted by the decision of the Board of Governors.
Art.6. The Board of Governors shall have the right to exclude any member upon the
recommendation of the Executive Committee but no member shall be
excluded without notice and without having been given an opportunity of
Art.7. The Executive Committee shall have the right to exclude or suspend any
member for failing to pay membership fees due by him under the Regulations.
Art.8. Membership for organizations in the Association shall be as one of the
A. Member Organization –
1. An organization that has been approved by the Board of
Governors of the International Association as a “Member
2. No organization shall be approved as a “Member Organization”
unless it has declared its identification with the objects of the
3. A Member Organization shall have the right to include in its
name the fact that it is a member organization of the
4. A Member Organization shall pay annual membership dues, in
the sum that shall be determined from time to time by the
Board of Governors.
B. Affiliated Organization –
1. An Affiliated Organization shall be an organization that is
approved by the Association’s Board of Governors as an
2. No organization shall be approved as an Affiliated
Organization unless it has been determined that its objects are
not incompatible with the objects of the Association.
3. An Affiliated Organization shall have the right to include in its
name the fact that it is an affiliated organization of the
4. An Affiliated Organization shall pay annual membership dues,
in the sum that shall be determined from time to time by the
Board of Governors.
5. Affiliated organizations shall be entitled to participate in all
public events organized by the Association, as well as the right
to be fully informed of all activities carried out by the
Association, subject to paying their dues
Art.9. A member may resign membership by written application to the Association.
Art.10. The organs of the Association are: Congress, the Board of Governors and the
a) THE CONGRESS
1) The general meeting of the Association is the Congress.
2) The Congress shall be convened every 3 years or such earlier date
as the Board of Governors may decide.
3) The Congress is the sovereign body of the Association.
4) All members of the Association, in Israel and abroad, who are
members by personal membership in the Association and which are
not organizations have the right to attend and vote at the Congress.
5) Every Member Organization which is not an Affiliated
Organization, shall have the right to appoint a representative to
participate in and vote at the Congress on its behalf.
6) The Congress shall elect the Board of Governors and the Executive
7) The congress may give special recognition to members who have
rendered special services to the Association, by conferring on them
the status of honorary members, honorary President and honorary
deputy Presidents, who shall have the right to attend the meetings
of the board of Governors.
8) Every member in attendance shall have one vote.
9) Delegates of member organizations which are not Affiliated
Organizations shall have one vote for every 50 members of the
organizations which they represent, but not more than 10 votes.
10) Resolutions at the Congress shall be passed by simple majority of
votes of members present and voting.
11) Resolutions which concern the amendment of the Constitution of
the Association require a majority of 75% of members present and
b) THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
1) The Board of Governors is the body responsible for determining the
policy of the International Association.
2) The number of members of the Board of Governors shall be up to 40.
3) The Board of Governors shall have the right to co-opt members on
condition that the number of co-opted members shall not exceed 20%
of the members of the Board of Governors elected by the Congress not
including ex officio members.
4) The Board of Governors shall be convened by the Executive
Committee as required, but not less than twice a year.
5) Every member of the Board of Governors shall have one vote.
6) Members of the Board of Governors shall remain in office from one
Congress to another.
7) Decisions of the Board of Governors that may be of a general nature or
which may influence the policy of the Association shall be brought
before the Congress for ratification, however they shall be binding
from the date of their adoption until ratification by the Congress.
8) Permanent members of the Board of Governors, are members of the
Executive Committee, the outgoing President and the outgoing Deputy
President, the chief representatives of the Association in international
institutions and up to 10 members who are Presidents of member
organizations (that are Member Organizations). Other past presidents
and deputy presidents of the Association will be invited to meetings of
the Board of Governors.
9) The balance of the members of the Board of Governors shall be elected
directly by the Congress.
10) The President of the International Association shall head the Board of
c) THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1) The Executive Committee shall comprise: the President; the Deputy
President; three Vice Presidents from Israel, of whom one shall serve
as General Secretary, the second shall serve as Treasurer and the third
as coordinator for international organizations; and three additional
Vice Presidents, of whom one is being a representative of a member
organization (that is “Member Organizations”). Tie cases shall be
resolved by the President’s casting vote.
2) The seat of the Executive Committee, of the President and of the
Deputy President is in Israel.
3) The Executive Committee is the Association’s permanent executive
4) The Executive Committee may co-opt no more than three members in
an advisory capacity.
5) Minimum number of executive committee members, necessary to
conduct a meeting shall be four.
6) The Executive Committee may nominate representatives to other
a. No less than one hundred days from the day prior to the election day,
the Board of Governors of the Association shall appoint an Elections
Committee which shall be comprised of five members of the
b. The committee shall hold its first meeting ninety days from the day
prior to the election day.
c. A quorum for a meeting of the Elections Committee shall be three
members, including the Chairman. Should a vote at a meeting of the
Elections Committee be tied, the Chairman’s vote will be decisive.
d. At its first meeting the Elections Committee will examine the list of
the Association’s members who have paid their annual dues for the
current year up to seven days prior to the Committee’s first meeting.
The Committee will approve the list as the electoral roll for the
elections no later than the eightieth day prior to the election day.
e. The list of candidates from among the members of the Association for
the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee, shall be
submitted to the Elections Committee no later than the sixtieth day
prior to the election day. A list of candidates shall include the
curriculum vitae of each candidate and his consent to nomination, and
shall be accepted by the Elections Committee only if supported by the
signatures of 50 members of the Association registered in the
f. The Elections Committee shall publish the lists of the candidates
standing for election at the Congress thirty days prior to the electionday.
The list will be published on the Association’s internet site and
at the Association’s offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Art.12.The funds of the Association shall comprise:
1) Membership fees.
3) Gifts, donations and legacies.
The amount of membership fees payable by members and organization
members shall be determined yearly by the Board of Governors.
Art.13.The Association shall have power to do all such things, execute all such
instruments, enter into all such agreements and acquire and dispose of all such
property as may be considered by the Executive to be necessary and proper for
the fulfillment, attainment or execution of any of its objects.
Art.14.The official languages of the Association are: Hebrew, English, French and
Art.15.The Congress may decide upon the dissolution and winding up of the
Association by a special resolution taken at a special meeting convened for
that purpose, passed by majority of 75% of votes of members present and
Upon dissolution the property of the Association shall be transferred to such
public Institution or organization as the Congress may decide.
REPRESENTATION AND EXECUTION
Art.16. The Executive Committee shall represent the Association in all matters in
accordance with the resolution of the organs of the Association duly adopted
in terms of their powers as defined in these articles.
Art.17. Resolutions of the Executive Committee shall be adopted by a simple majority
of members of the Executive Committee, present and voting at a meeting of
the Executive Committee convened according to rules to be established by the
Executive Committee from time to time.
Art.18. The right to sign in the name of the Association shall be as established by the
Executive Committee from time to time.
Art.19. a) The Executive Committee may appoint office workers and/or other
employees, with or without remuneration, to fulfill the objects of the
Association and designate their functions, titles, powers and remuneration. b)
The assets of the Association shall be applied only for the fulfillment of its
objects and division of profits or benefits of any kind among the members of
the Association is prohibited".
B. Transitional Provisions
The provisions of these Articles, with the exception of the provisions of
Article 11, shall enter into effect immediately upon their ratification
by the Congress. The provisions of Article 11 shall enter into effect
prior to the Organization’s 14th Congress.
This amendment shall not affect the decisions regarding amendments
adopted at the Fifth Congress on 30.7.1981.