The International Law Society at the HSG
1) Name and Seat
Under the name of "International Law Society at the University of St.Gallen", a not-for-profit Association with seat in St. Gallen exists within the meaning of Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code (Schweizerisches Zivilgesetzbuch).
2) Aims of the Association
The Association shall
a) create a platform for the discussion of topics relating to International Law and for the organization of events thereto connected
b) organize and promote public interest activities relating to International Law
c) promote the recognition of the "Master of International Law" program of the University of St.Gallen (hereinafter MIL (HSG))
d) promote the cohesion among students of the MIL (HSG), as well as among the alumni of the program
e) promote the exchange between the students of the MIL (HSG) and alumni of the program, other students and alumni of the University of St.Gallen interested in International Law topics and further persons active in those fields
f) promulgate information, advice and contacts regarding careers relating to International Law.
3) Definition of "International Law"
The term "International Law" shall be interpreted extensively and encompasses, inter alia, public international law, private international law, comparative law, international law theory, international economic law, international dispute settlement and the practice of international organizations as well as of internationally active providers of legal services.
The official language of the Association shall be English. All official documents of the Association must be written in English. Committee meetings and General Assemblies must be held in English.
To pursue its aims, the Association raises membership fees, the upper ceiling of which is determined on a yearly basis by the General Meeting. The Committee determines the specific amount every semester. Contributions in any other form can be accepted, as long as no conflicts of interest arise.
The following natural persons may become active members of the Association with voting right:
a) students of the MIL (HSG);
b) students and alumni of the University of St.Gallen who can attest a particular interest in International Law topics;
Without a particular attestation of interest, active members automatically become passive members after the accomplishment of their university education at the HSG.
Natural persons and corporate entities interested in International Law may become passive members of the Association without voting right.
Membership applications must be sent to the President or another member of the Committee. The Committee decides on the admittance, taking into account the fundamental entitlement of students and alumni of the MIL (HSG) to membership and the adequate representation of students and alumni of the MIL (HSG) in the General Meeting.
7) Termination of Membership
a) in the case of natural persons, with their withdrawal, expulsion or death
b) in the case of corporate entities, with their withdrawal, expulsion or dissolution.
8) Withdrawal and Expulsion
Withdrawal is possible at any time. Withdrawal notifications must be sent in writing at least two weeks before the General Meeting to the President or another member of the Committee.
The Committee may expel active members at any time with good reasons. All active members may appeal the decision to the General Meeting.
The Committee may expel passive members at any time without giving reasons. The concerned passive member may appeal the decision to the General Meeting.
Good reasons are especially repeated actions that are detrimental to the aims of the Association.
Organs of the Association are
a) the Committee
b) the General Meeting
c) the Auditors.
10) The General Meeting
The General Meeting is the highest organ of the Association. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the third week of the fall semester of the University of St.Gallen.
The Committee determines the exact date of the AGM after adequate consultation of the active members and the students of the MIL (HSG).
An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held whenever the Committee considers this to be necessary or a quarter of the active members requests this in writing to the Committee; in the latter case, the EGM must be held within three weeks.
Members must be invited to the AGM and the EGM at two weeks notice. The invitation shall specify the agenda. All documents related to the agenda must be sent to the members three working days preceding the General Meeting.
The General Meeting has the following inalienable functions:
a) electing and voting out of the Committee and the Auditors;
b) defining and amending the Statutes;
c) reviewing and accepting the annual financial statement and the Auditors’ report;
d) deciding on the annual budget;
e) determining the membership fees;
f) handling exclusion appeals.
Each active member has one vote at the General Meeting; decisions are taken by the simple majority of the present active members.
Passive members can be invited to the General Meeting, but do not have voting rights therein.
The minutes of the General Meeting must be sent to the active members within seven working days.
11) The Committee
The Committee is composed of five members of the Association, namely the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Head of Finances and the Head of Communications. The Committee members decide the scope of their individual competences among themselves.
Committee members are elected for a one-year term. Re-election is permitted.
The Committee represents the Association and manages the current business. The Committee can appoint members as Project Managers and delegate the management of specific projects to these.
The Committee shall decide with simple majority of the present members. The President has the casting vote.
Provided she or he is not already a member of the Committee, the Program Representative of the MIL (HSG) has the right to participate in all Committee meetings, but has no voting rights therein.
The Committee shall keep minutes of Committee meetings and keep them open for consultation by active members.
12) The Auditors
The General Meeting shall elect two Auditors on a yearly basis. The Auditors shall control the accounting of the Committee and carry out at least one inspection per year.
13) Authority to Sign
The joint signature of the President and another Committee member binds the Association.
The Association is solely liable for its obligations. Personal liability of any member is excluded.
15) Amendment of the Statutes
The present Statutes can be amended by a simple majority of the present active members.
The aims of the Association can be amended by a two-third majority of the present active members.
16) Dissolution of the Association
The dissolution of the Association can be decided by a two-third majority of the active members.
In case of dissolution, the Association’s assets fall to another Association accredited at the University of St.Gallen pursuing the same or a similar purpose. The Committee is responsible for the liquidation.
17) Coming into Force
The present Statutes were accepted at the Founding Meeting on November 27th 2014 and shall come into force on December 16th 2014.
The Founding Members