Articles of Association

§1 Title and Seat
1) The Association is entitled „European Legal English Teachers’ Association e.V. (EULETA)”. 2)The Association has its seat in Hamburg and is entered in the Register of Associations.

§2 Objects
1) The object of the Association is to promote the effective teaching of Legal English. This should be achieved by means of support and advice as well as the exchange of opinions and experience between teachers of Legal English in Europe, as well as by means of conferences, seminars and training programmes, publication of information.
2) The Association is also to serve as a source of information.
3) The Association is to pursue exclusively and directly not-for-profit objects pursuant to the section “tax privileged objects” in the Contributions Regulations.
4) The Association Objects are to be promoted in particular by means of the following:
a. The promotion and support of exchanges of opinion and experience between members by means of seminars, newletters, websites etc.
b. The promotion and support of publications both on the teaching and training of Legal English, e.g. through information on relevant publications.
c. Clarification of the qualification profile of educationalists and trainers of Legal English with tertiary qualifications (Bachelor degrees, Diplomas, Master degrees, State Examination or a comparable qualification), including support of initiatives aimed at further qualification of university and non-university teaching of Legal English, e.g. holding seminars, passing on information about relevant conferences and informing on further training opportunities.
d. The promotion of training and examination standards for national and international recognition of Legal English, e.g. through particularised training in the preparation of students for recognised examinations, certificates, etc.
5) The Association may pursue no own interests or commercial objects. Association funds may only be used for Objects as defined in these Articles. No person may be remunerated by expenditure outside the Objects of the Association or by disproportionately high remuneration.
6) Association Members will receive no remuneration from Association funds.

§3 Membership
1) Members may be
a. persons with a university qualification (Bachelor degree, diploma, masters degree, state examination or a comparable qualification) in law, English studies, foreign language teaching, English as a foreign language,
b. legal persons that support the objects of the Association,
c. persons with considerable experience in teaching Legal English, as well as
d. persons who can support the objects of EULETA in a particular manner may be admitted to membership on a resolution of the board.
2. The board will decide on the admission of members by means of a written declaration of membership which is to contain the Association Articles.
3. Membership is extinguished through death, resignation or exclusion. Resignation can only be at the end of a calendar year by means of written declaration to the board. The declaration must be delivered by 30 November in any year at the latest.

§ 4 Membership Fees
Fees will be levied on the members. The amount of the annual fee and when it is due as well as concessions for particular groups of membership will be determined by the general meeting of members.

§ 5 Association Organs
The organs of the Association are
a. the Board b. The executive board (pursuant to §26 German Civil Code) c. the general meeting of members.

§6 The Board
1. The Board consists of
a. the President b. a Vice-President c. the Treasurer d. a further Secretary e. two further board members.
2. the Board of the Association is responsible for all affairs of the Association subject to the provisions of the law or the articles of other associations.
3. The executive board (pursuant to §26 German Civil Code) consists of the President is his/her Vice-President or the Treasurer. The executive board implements resolutions of the board and the general meeting of members. Each member of the executive board is authorised to represent the Association.
4. The Board decides on the admission of new members, on the appointment of honorary members, and on the cancellation of membership or exclusion from membership (§3).

§ 7 Period of Office of the Board
1. Board members are elected for a period of two years. They must be members of the Association. Each member of the Board is to be elected individually. If a member of the Board leaves during his/her period of office, the Board will elect another member for the remaining period of office.
d. The Board remains in office until the election of a new Board.

§8 General Meeting of Members
1. Each member is entitled to vote at the General Meeting. 2. The General Meeting of Members is exclusively responsible for the following matters:
a. reception and approval of the annual report of the Board. b. election and dismissal of members of the Board. c. Approval of the budget as prepared by the Board for the coming year. d. Determining the amount and due date for the membership fee. e. Resolutions for amendments to the Articles and on the dissolution of the Association.
3. The general meeting of members may make recommendations to the Board on the conduct of Association affairs.

§ 9 Convening the General Meeting of Members
The General Meeting of Members is to be held at least once a year. The Executive Board will convene it on four weeks’ notice by circulating the agenda in writing or by mail. The notice period commences on the day after the sending of the written invitation.
The written invitation is deemed to have been sent to a member when it is sent to the address made known to the board in writing or email address. The Board is to determine the agenda.

§10 Quorum of the General Meeting of Members
1. A Chairperson will elected by the AGM to chair the meeting, who is not a member of the Board nor intends to stand for election to the Board. The Chairperson will appoint someone to keep minutes of the meeting.
2. Votes will by a show of hands but a secret ballot (written) is required if 1/3 of the members present wish.
3. Resolutions are passed by a majority of the members present at the meeting.
4. Amendments to the Articles and the dissolution of the Association require a 2/3 majority of votes cast by the members present at the meeting. A change to the Association objects may only be determined with the agreement of all members present at the meeting.
5. Minutes are to be kept of the meeting and to be signed by the Chairperson and the recorder of the minutes. The minutes will contain the location and time of the meeting, the identity of the Chairperson and the recorder of the minutes, the number of members present, the agenda, the number of votes cast for each resolution and the manner of voting.
Extraordinary Meeting of Members
The Executive Board may at any time on a resolution by the Board convene an Extraordinary Meeting of Members. This will be convened when required in the interests of the Association or if demanded in writing by 1/3 of the members in response to the aims and grounds provided by the Board.

§ 12 Dissolution of the Association
On dissolution of the Association or the loss of its not-for-profit objects, the Association funds will be donated to the Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe für Menschen mit geisteiger Behinderung e.v. where it will be used exclusively for not-for-profit objects.

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