The Executive Committee is empowered
by the Constitution (Article VIII-7) to establish By-Laws as necessary
to achieve the objectives of the League, subject to their not being
in conflict with the Constitution and to their ratification by the
The Secretary-General shall keep a book containing the current
By-Laws, in which all modifications are entered as they are made.
I. Duties of Officers.
- The President shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee
and the General Assembly, and shall appoint special committees
- The President, Secretary-General and Treasurer shall act as
Management Committee in between meetings of the Executive Committee.
Their actions shall be subject to ratification by the Executive
- The Vice-Presidents shall assist the President, and the First
Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President in his
absence. In case of the inability of the first Vice-President
to serve, his place shall be taken by the Second Vice-President.
- The Secretary-General shall conduct the affairs of the League
under the direction of the Executive Committee.
- The Treasurer shall administer the accounts of the League.
II. The General Assembly
Unless otherwise indicated, matters brought before the General
Assembly shall be decided by majority of vote of those attending
an official meeting. The number of votes accorded to each Delegate
shall depend on the number of professional members in good standing
in his chapter; the number of votes shall be determined by a gliding
scale where a second vote is obtained when the membership has passed
the number of 50, and where the increase of membership giving an
additional vote doubles for every step. There shall be a maximum
of six votes for any chapter:
up to 50 members: 1 vote
51 - 150 members: 2 votes
151 - 350 members: 3 votes
351 - 750 members: 4 votes
751 - 1500 members: 5 votes
above 1500 members: 6 votes
- The Editorial Advisory Board shall advise the editors on matters
of general policies and arbitrate on matters referred to it by
the Editor-in-Chief, but shall leave the day-to-day conduct of
the journal entirely to the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial
Board consisting of the editors, working with the publisher.
- The Executive Committee shall approve or terminate any contract
with the publisher. It shall determine the budget of EPILEPSIA.
- The Editor-in-Chief will take all steps necessary to fulfill
the aims of the League through its journal, EPILEPSIA. He shall
conduct the day-to-day business of the journal in conjunction
with the Editorial board and the publisher, and shall have final
responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
He may call a meeting of the Editorial Board in special situations.
He shall recommend a budget for EPILEPSIA on request of the Executive
Committee and shall render an account of expenses incurred.
IV. Special Commissions
- Each Commission shall have a Chair appointed by the President.
The Chair allocates the functions of the Commission, a Secretary
and a Treasurer, and shall receive and acknowledge written instructions.
- The term of office of each Commission shall expire at the end
of the General Assembly, but it may be renewed in the same or
a revised composition by the new President of the League.
- The Chair of each Commission shall make interim reports and
recommendations to the Executive Committee as deemed necessary
and, at the end of the fiscal period, the General Assembly.
- The International Congress of the League shall be held ordinarily
every 2 years, in conjunction with the Bureau.
- The League may sponsor or support, wholly or in part, other
meetings relevant to its objectives. Such a meeting shall not
be designated as International Congress of the League.
VI. Dues Payments
The Constitution of the ILAE stipulates that the secretary of
each chapter send to the Secretariat of the League, in January of
each year, a list of the members of the chapter as of December 31
of the previous year. Each chapter will then receive an invoice
for dues from the Treasurer of the League, based on chapter memberships,
payable by April first of that year. The current rate of payment
is 3 % of the national membership fee per number of chapter members
in good standing. As per Constitution (Article VI, sub 8), this
shall be interpreted with regard to nonpayment of dues as follows:
"If a chapter fails to pay for the first time, the treasurer
shall request an explanation and present the case at the next meeting
of the Executive Committee. When a chapter fails to pay its annual
dues twice (consecutively) without the written consent of the Executive
Committee, the chapter will be proposed to the General Assembly
VII. Cooperation with the International Bureau for Epilepsy
- Each League chapter shall cooperate with the national chapter
of the Bureau to ensure maximum efficiency in promoting quality
of life for people with epilepsy.
- Each League chapter shall promote the establishment and/or assist
in establishing a chapter of the Bureau, if such a chapter does
- At least annually, and more frequently if possible, the Executive
Committee shall meet jointly with the Executive Committee of the
IBE, to consider matters of mutual interest and/or responsibility
to both EC's. Such a meeting shall be known in full as a Joint
Meeting of the Executive Committees of the IBE and ILAE, and in
brief as a JEC.
JEC shall have no financial or constitutional power or existence
independent of the Executive Committees of the IBE and ILAE. It
is a meeting of two separate and independent Constitutionally
defined bodies, not an entity in itself.
- Matters to
be considered by a JEC shall include international Epilepsy Congresses,
the Global Campaign, the Epilepsy Web site, the International
Resource Center, and such other matters as the IBE and ILAE Executive
Committees shall consider appropriate to be delegated to consideration
and decision by a JEC.
- A decision
made by a JEC shall only be considered binding upon the Executive
Committee of the ILAE if it is not in conflict with the Constitution
of the ILAE, and if a majority of members of the ILAE EC have
voted for it.
- Chairing of
each JEC shall be shared equally between the IBE and ILAE Presidents,
or their nominees, in a manner acceptable to both. The Chairperson
of a JEC shall not have a casting (i.e., tie-breaking) vote.
- A quorum for
a JEC shall be the presence of a majority of the members of each
of the IBE and ILAE Executive Committees.
JEC may be called at any time mutually acceptable to the Presidents
of both the IBE and ILAE.
- To be considered
by a JEC, a motion must be moved by a member of one Executive
Committee, and seconded by a member of the other.
- Members of
the Management Committee of each of the IBE and ILAE, although
ex officio members of both Executive Committees, shall each have
only one vote in a JEC meeting.
for administration, minuting etc. of JECs shall be shared equally
between the Secretaries-General of the IBE and ILAE, in a manner
acceptable to both.
for overseeing all financial matters considered by JECs shall
be shared equally between the Treasurers of the IBE and ILAE,
in a manner acceptable to both.
- A Joint Management Committee, consisting of the Management Committees
of each of the IBE and ILAE, is authorized to take actions in
the name of a JEC between JEC meetings. Such actions must:
- Be approved by a majority (i.e., two members) of each of
the Management Committees of the IBE and ILAE.
- Be in accord with policies of both the IBE and ILAE.
- Involve neither Executive Committee in expenditure exceeding
a sum to be set by each Executive Committee.
- Be notified to each Executive Committee as soon as possible.
- Be ratified by each Executive Committee at its next meeting.
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