PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

AND RULES OF PROCUDURE

 

IAAP’s Constitution was under review in the lead-up to the last International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Singapore in 2002 when two major decisions were taken. The first was to change the name of the Executive Committee to that of the Board of Directors. The second decision was that the General Meeting of the Association will not be held any more during the course of each ICAP and the control role will pass to the Board of Directors. Both changes were accepted provisionally and are subject to ratification by a subsequent General Meeting of all IAAP members.

 

THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF THE PRESENT DOCUMENT is to update the Constitution and Rules of Procedure to accommodate these proposed changes. For the sake of simplicity the two fundamentally different sorts of changes just described are shown in different styles and formatting as explained in the Key below.

 

In addition, a further major aim of the present set of documents is to take this opportunity to update other aspects of the Constitution and Rules of Procedure so bring them into line with contemporary outlooks and circumstances. This requires a new set of motions which are also presented below and identified in a third style and format.

 

KEY

 

By way of explanation, these three different types of amendments have been described as Administrative Amendments, Previous BOD Amendments (2002), and Current BOD Amendments (2004).

 

Administrative Amendments

 

Administrative amendments are those involving a change in wording only in which the current title of Board of Directors replaces the previous one of Executive Committee. In the documents below this simple change in wording appears as Board of Directors in which the new title is shown underlined in italics and replaces the old title which is crossed out. An example is for Board of Directors to replace Executive Committee. For convenience these will be described as single-star items.

 

Previous BOD Amendments

 

These amendments arise from the decision taken by the Board of Directors at its last meeting during the Singapore Congress to abolish the General Assembly.  Amendments which follow from this decision are shown both in bold and in italics. An example is - A Board of Directors Meeting General Meeting called upon to determine the winding up of the Association and especially summoned for this purpose must be attended by at least half the members in good standing plus one. For convenience these will be described as double-star items.

 

Current BOD Amendments

 

These amendments are presented to revise the Constitution and Rules of Procedure in line with present-day outlooks and circumstances. An example is - ART. 8 - Divisions may be organized to represent major scientific and professional interests that lie within the Association. For convenience these will be described as triple-star items.

 

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

 

To simplify the presentation of the accompanying documents three introductory motions will be put.

 

Motion 1

That all single-star items be noted (for example, Board of Directors to replace Executive Committee).

 

Motion 2

That all double-star items be noted (for example, Board of Directors Meeting to replace General Meeting).

 

Motion 3

That all triple-star items be tabled for discussion (for example, Divisions may be organized to represent major scientific and professional interests that lie within the Association).

 

FURTHER EXPLANATORY NOTES

 

In summary, the most substantial changes for discussion will be those arising out of Motion 3 dealing with the Constitution.

 

There are two minor items in IAAP’s Rules of Procedure which are also tabled for brief discussion.

 

8 items relating to the Divisional Rules of Procedure, too, are tabled for noting, and Divisions will be invited to respond to these items in between the Beijing BOD meeting and the Athens BOD meeting.