National & Regional Chapters

ICON·S encourages the establishment of national and regional chapters to complement the work of the global association, subject to the guidelines and criteria outlined below.  Members who wish to establish a new national or regional chapter should draft the rules of their chapter according to these guidelines and criteria, and should send them for approval to the Executive Committee of the Society:

  • ICON·S chapters shall promote the values of ICON·S, and in particular the commitment to an inter-disciplinary approach to public law that engages constitutional, administrative and international law scholars and practitioners so as better to understand global and transnational legal developments;
  • ICON·S chapters shall work with ICON·S to promote knowledge of and membership in the organization globally;
  • ICON·S chapters shall promote the capacity and engagement of junior scholars, and scholars from the global South, within the work of ICON·S ;
  • ICON·S chapters shall be organized in a way that reflects ICON-S commitments to transparency, accountability and good governance, as well as to gender equality and diversity in governance;
  • ICON·S chapters shall complement and work cooperatively with, but remain distinct from existing national and regional organizations;
  • ICON·S chapters, informed by the advice of the ICON·S Executive Committee, may have a national or a regional basis.
    The relevant criteria include (a) the size of the jurisdiction and public law community, (b) the size of neighbouring jurisdictions, and hence benefit of regional consolidation and (c) the range of existing public law organizations within the relevant jurisdiction(s);
  • ICON·S chapters shall regularly disseminate notice of their events and activities via ICONnect, and communicate an annual summary of their activities to the ICON-S Executive Committee;
  • The scope, governance and membership of ICON·S chapters shall be subject to periodic review (approximately every 3 years) by the members of the ICON·S Executive Committee, and chapters may be asked to dissolve, reconstitute or alter their scope and membership, on the advice of the Executive Committee;
  • Members of the governing bodies of ICON·S chapters are expected to be active members of ICON·S and pay the ICON·S annual membership fee regularly. All ordinary chapters members are encouraged to join ICON·S as active members and pay the annual fee. The co-presidents of ICON·S can grant exceptions upon request if it is considered convenient to promote the growth of the local chapter. In any case, all chapter members are expected to create a free ICON-S account;
  • Information on ICON-S chapter activities should be sent to ICON·S, and will, where appropriate, be featured on the ICON·S website.
  • The International Society of Public Law requires ICON·S chapters to make supporting and developing early-career scholars an explicit part of their mission and programs. Chapters retain discretion to implement this requirement in the way most appropriate to a given chapter though ICON-S expects, at a minimum, that national and regional chapters should make membership open to all members of ICON-S irrespective of seniority, and that national and regional chapters should, in their annual report to ICON-S, state clearly how they have met their mission to support and develop early-career scholars.

Chapter Spending Guidelines

Chapters may apply for up to US$2,000 for their initial launch event, based on an indicative budget and justification of the need for relevant expenditures. Thereafter, the expectation is that chapters should be self-sustaining.  However, in cases of need, chapters may apply for modest additional funding (up to US$1,500) for subsequent events.  These applications will also be assessed by the Co-Presidents, Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and consulted with the Treasurer, based on:

1. The indicative budget and justification for the expense;

2. the importance of the proposed event to the mission of ICON-S globally and its contribution to the growth of the Society, as well as to the activities and objectives of the chapter; and

3. previous levels of funding the chapter has received.

National and Regional Chapters Established