The Executive Committee is empowered by the Constitution (Article
VIII-7) to establish Bylaws 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 General Assembly.
The Secretary-General shall keep a book containing the current
Bylaws, 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 and
- 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 Committee.
- 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
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
- 351 - 750 members: 4 votes
- 751 - 1500 members:
- 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
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 for disaffiliation.”
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 establish- ment and/or
assist in establishing a chapter of the Bureau, if such a chapter
does not exist.
- At least annually, and more frequently if possible, the
Executive Committee shall meet jointly with the Executive Committee
of the IBE, to consider mat ters 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.
- A 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 Website, 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 consid ered 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 Chair of a JEC shall not have a casting (i.e., tie-
- A quorum for a JEC shall be the presence of a majority
of the members of each of the IBE and ILAE Executive Committees.
- A JEC may be called at any time mutually accept- able 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
- 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.
- Responsibility 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.
- Responsibility 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
- 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.