IAJS Constitution

This constitution came into effect on 1st May 2004.

Name of the  Organisation

  • 1. The organisation shall be called the International Association for Jungian Studies – A Forum for Jungian and Post-Jungian Research (hereafter IAJS).

2. Aims and Objectives of the IAJS

  • 2.1. To promote and develop Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies and scholarship on an international basis. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to) Analytical Psychology/Jungian Studies in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • 2.2. To promote scholarship relating Analytical Psychology to the arts and humanities (including the history, criticism, theory and aesthetics of the fine arts, literature, theatre, the still and moving image, and dance and bodywork), religious studies, the social sciences, psychology, philosophy, medicine, science (including the history and philosophy of science) as well as clinical, methodological and theoretical research.
  • 2.3. To promote practice-based research in education, culture, therapy and the arts and to include practitioners in these fields as members. 2.4. To function as a multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the exploration and exchange of views about all aspects of the broader cultural legacy of Jung’s work, including the history of Analytical Psychology itself.
  • 2.5. To promote the understanding of trends in contemporary culture. 2.6. To organise conferences, facilitate academic exchange, maintain a website and keep in contact with existing professional organisations of Jungian analysts and psychotherapists world-wide.
  • 2.7. To be committed to the ideals of academic freedom and non-discrimination and not to be partisan in respect of debates and disputes amongst professional analysts and psychotherapists.
  • 2.8. To pursue opportunities for scholarly publishing as an important method of disseminating academic research.

3. Membership

  • 3.1. Membership is open to those from any discipline, artistic or cultural practice with an interest in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at a scholarly level including analysts and psychotherapists.
  • 3.2. Masters and doctoral students and candidates undertaking clinical training shall pay membership dues at reduced rates.
  • 3.3. All members shall have equal voting rights.

4. Governance – Executive Committee

  • 4.1. There shall be an Executive Committee elected by the membership of no less than 7 and no more than 9 members.
  • 4.2. The Executive Committee shall elect Officers from its numbers; viz. a Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer.
  • 4.3. The Executive Committee shall at its discretion appoint persons from among its members to assume the positions of Membership Secretary and Web Manager.
  • 4.4. One member of the Executive Committee shall assume responsibility for liaison with the International Association for Analytical Psychology and shall be a member of that organisation. In the event that no person belonging to the International Association for Analytical Psychology be elected, the Executive Committee must co-opt such a person.
  • 4.5. The Executive Committee can, at its discretion, co-opt no more than a total of three members from among the membership of the IAJS (including the IAAP member referred to in 4.4 if required).
  • 4.6. Co-opted members have the same rights and responsibilities as other members of the Executive Committee and can vote.
  • 4.7. The term of office for members of the Executive Committee shall be 3 years, with the exception of the initial need for continuity expressed in 4.11.
  • 4.8. No member of the Executive Committee shall serve for more than three consecutive terms (i.e. 9 years).
  • 4.9. The term of office for Officers shall be the same as that for members of the Executive Committee.
  • 4.10. The Editor of Harvest: International Journal for Jungian Studies shall be an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
  • 4.11. The initial Executive Committee shall take steps to ensure continuity by means of early retirement from the Executive Committee.
  • 4.12. In the event of a vacancy or vacancies occurring on the Executive Committee by reason of early retirement or resignation or for any other reason save under 4.8 (above), the person or persons elected to fill the vacancy or vacancies shall be elected for the standard initial period of three years.
  • 4.13. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the day to day running of the IAJS including elections to the Executive Committee, policy decisions, financial management and all endeavours in line with the Aims and Objectives of the organisation (see 1 above).
  • 4.14. The Executive Committee may carry out its duties (including voting) by means of telephone, mail, fax and e-mail but shall meet face to face at least once in every three year period. The quorum for the face to face meeting shall be 3 members of the Executive Committee.
  • 4.15. Decisions of the Executive Committee shall be taken by means of a simple majority vote.
  • 4.16. The Executive Committee shall maintain a Policy Book, open for inspection by any member of IAJS, in which agreed upon operating procedures and policy decisions shall be recorded.
  • 4.17. The Executive Committee may establish sub-committees whose membership and terms of reference shall be recorded in the Policy Book.
  • 4.18. The Executive Committee shall issue an Annual Report to the membership that shall include a statement of the financial position of the organisation.
  • 4.19. The Executive Committee shall be subject to the will of the membership as expressed in General Meetings.

5. Governance – General Meetings

  • 5.1. A General Meeting shall be held at least once in every three year period.
  • 5.2. A General Meeting shall be called by the Executive Committee at least six months before the actual date of the meeting.
  • 5.3. Items for inclusion on the Agenda of a General Meeting must be submitted one month before the actual date of the meeting.
  • 5.4. The quorum of a General Meeting shall be 5 members.
  • 5.5. A General Meeting must review the financial situation of the IAJS. 5.6. On the simple proposal of any two members present, a General Meeting must not take a vote at the meeting on an item on its Agenda but must instead submit that item for voting by means of mail and/or e-mail by the members of the IAJS. This matter is not subject to a vote at the General Meeting.
  • 5.7. Decisions of the General Meeting whether at the meeting or by mail and/or e-mail shall be made by means of a simple majority vote. 5.8. Amendments to the Constitution shall require a majority of two-thirds to pass.
  • 5.9. An Emergency General Meeting shall be held if called by 5 members.
  • 5.10. The notice period for an Emergency General Meeting shall be three months.

6. Expulsion of a Member

  • 6.1. A member shall be expelled on the recommendation of the Executive Committee ratified by a majority vote of two thirds of the membership.
  • 6.2. The Executive Committee shall to the best of its ability attempt to resolve via consensus any conflictual or other situation within the membership or between members of the IAJS where expulsion seems a possibility. In the event that this is not feasible, the Executive Committee shall establish a formal process involving a fair hearing for all parties.

7. Financial Liability

  • 7.1. Financial liability resides with the membership of the organisation.

8. Dissolution of the Organisation

  • 8.1. The IAJS may be dissolved following a General Meeting and a two thirds majority vote by the membership.

9. Jurisdiction

  • 9.1. In all matters pertaining to the conduct
    of the affairs of the IAJS, the Laws of England shall apply.