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Membership Rules

Constitution - Article 4. Membership



Qualifications for Membership
1. Individuals (such as professors, researchers, lawyers, and business people) who agree with the objectives of the Association and reside in Asia may be qualified for individual membership. Public officials such as judges, prosecutors, and officials of competition authorities may be qualified for individual membership in their private capacity.

2. Non-governmental organizations (such as academic associations, research institutes, consumer associations, business associations, and law firms) which agree with the objectives of the Association and have their main office in Asia may be qualified for corporate membership. Governmental institutions and intergovernmental organizations may not be qualified for corporate membership.

Admission Procedure
1. An application for individual membership shall be in writing. An applicant for individual membership residing in a jurisdiction for which a councillor has been designated for receiving membership applications shall submit his or her application to the councillor for the jurisdiction. The councillor shall forward the application to the Secretariat, and the applicant shall be deemed to be admitted as an individual member at the time such councillor so forwards the application to the Secretariat.

2. An application for individual membership from an individual residing in a jurisdiction for which no councillor has been designated for receiving membership applications shall be submitted to the Secretariat. The Secretariat shall forward a copy of the application to the Chairman and all the councillors who have been designated for receiving membership applications for a jurisdiction. If the Secretariat receives no objection to the application within 2 weeks from the Chairman or any of such councillors, the applicant shall be deemed to be admitted as an individual member. If the Chairman or any of such councillors makes an objection within the two week period, the application shall be referred to the Steering Committee.

3. An application for corporate membership shall be in writing accompanied by:
1) a copy of its Constitution or other rules;
2) a summary of the background, history and objectives of the organization;
3) the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses (if any) of its president, senior officer and other officers; and
4) the number of the applicant’s own members.


4. An applicant for corporate membership whose main office is located in a jurisdiction for which a councillor has been designated for receiving membership applications shall submit its application to the councillor for the jurisdiction. The councillor shall forward the application to the Secretariat, and the applicant shall be deemed to be admitted as a corporate member at the time such councillor so forwards the application to the Secretariat.

5. An application for corporate membership from an organization whose main office is located in a jurisdiction for which no councillor has been designated for receiving membership applications shall be submitted to the Secretariat. The Secretariat shall forward a copy of the application to the Chairman and all the councillors who have been designated for receiving membership applications for a jurisdiction. If the Secretariat receives no objection to the application within 2 weeks from the Chairman or any of such councillors, the applicant shall be deemed to be admitted as a corporate member. If the Chairman or any of such councillors makes an objection within the two week period, the application shall be referred to the Steering Committee.

Termination of Membership
1. Membership shall be terminated if the member resigns by written notice to the Association.

2. The membership of any member may be terminated by the Steering committee for non-payment of dues for two consecutive years.

3. The membership of any member may be terminated for serious misconduct by the Council by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the councillors in attendance in person or by proxy at a meeting of the Council.