Art. 1 (Name)
The “European Peace Research Association” (EuPRA) was initiated at a meeting in Groningen on 16 December 1988, and the decision to formally constitute it as a regional association of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) was made at the IPRA General Conference in Groningen on 5 July 1990. EuPRA was legally constituted in Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, on 1 December 1990. The Association year is the calendar year. It is registered in the Federal Republic of Germany. The seat of the Association is Bonn.
Art. 2 (Nature)
EuPRA is an organization for scientific purposes. EuPRA is exclusively and directly a non-profit organization as stipulated in the paragraph on “tax privileged purposes” in the German Federal Tax Regulations.
The Association acts selflessly: it does not act primarily in its own economic interest. The funds of the Association must not be used for other purposes than those stated in the Statutes. The members of the Association may not reap advantage from the funds of the Association. No person shall be reimbursed for expenditure in a manner incompatible with the Statutes or in a disproportionate manner.
Art. 3 (Purpose)
The purpose of EuPRA is to advance interdisciplinary research into the causes of war and conditions of peace. It undertakes measures of international cooperation to assist the advancement of peace research, and in particular:
(a) to provide a permanent European Forum for Peace Researchers;
(b) to stimulate and promote national and international research and education relating to the pursuit of peace;
(c) to facilitate contacts between scholars throughout Europe;
(d) to encourage the international dissemination of information on peace research and its results.
Art. 4 (Activities)
To achieve these purposes, EuPRA engages, in close cooperation with other European organizations, as well as with UNESCO and other UN agencies, in such activities as:
(a) the organization of international and interdisciplinary general and special conferences;
(b) assistance in the coordination of peace research in different countries and the stimulation of peace research, including exchange of lecturers and researchers;
(c) support of scientific journals devoted to peace research;
(d) activities furthering the establishment of peace research;
(e) the publication of scientific studies in the field of peace research.
Art. 5 (Membership)
The founding members of EuPRA are those present at the founding meeting. Further members are admitted by the Board on grounds of their peace research record. Corporate members can be admitted. Contributions from members may be monetary or through services rendered to EuPRA. The General Conference may recommend an annual contribution from members.
Membership can be terminated:
(a) by resignation, which must be in writing and takes effect at the end of the calendar year in which it was announced;
(b) by death;
(c) by exclusion: a member who has severely counteracted the interests of EuPRA can be expelled by a decision of the Board. Before the expulsion, the member is entitled, before an appropriate deadline, to deliver a written or oral defense. A written statement from the member is to be read at the Board meeting that is to decide on the issue. The grounds for expulsion have to be stated in the decision, which is to be sent to the expelled member by registered mail. The member has the right to appeal an expulsion to the General Conference. Such an appeal must be delivered in writing to the Board within one month after the receipt of the decision. If the appeal has been communicated within this time limit, the Board is obliged to convoke a General Conference within two months: failing this, the grounds for expulsion are considered null and void. If the member does not use the right to appeal, (s) he is considered to have accepted the decision of expulsion, and the membership is consequently terminated.
Art. 6 (The General Conference)
The highest decision-making body of EuPRA is the General Conference of Members, which meets every second year. The convocation has to be mailed at least one month before the date of the meeting. The General Conference elects the Board and the president of EuPRA, decides on the policy and priorities of EuPRA, and has the power to amend the statutes or dissolve the organization. All decisions are made by simple majority vote among the members present. Corporate members have one vote. The minutes of the General Conference have to be signed by the president or – in his/her absence – by any other member of the Board.
Art. 7 (The Board)
The Board consists of seven members, including the president. It is elected by the General Conference of Members for the period until the next General Conference. It is responsible for the implementation of the policy of EuPRA. If a vacancy occurs during the term of the Board, the Board fills it by co-option. The Board is responsible for decisions on procedural rules. All decisions are made by simple majority vote among the members present.
The President is the legal representative (Vorstand) of the Board in the sense of § 26 of the German Civil Code (Burgerliches Gesetzbuch – BGB). If s/he is unable to perform his/her office, the Board appoints such a representative from among its members in alphabetical order, as prescribed in § 26 of BGB. In addition, the Secretary shall be appointed special representative in accordance with § 30 of BGB.
Art. 8 (The President)
The president is elected by the General Conference from among the members of the Board for a period of two years, with a maximum extension of another period. (S) he represents EuPRA on all occasions where EuPRA should be represented. To his/her obligations belong delivering a presidential address during the General Conference of EuPRA, surveying the development of peace, peace research and peace education.
Art. 9 (The Secretary)
The Secretary is elected by the Board, (S) he is charged with the responsibility for the execution of the activities of EuPRA as indicated above. (S) he is responsible for the conduct of day-today activities of EuPRA, whose headquarters are located in his/ her office. (S) he works in close consultation with the president and the other Board members. The Secretary is the special representative of the Association in accordance with § 30 of BGB.
Art. 10 (Nominations and elections)
The first Board was elected by the founding meeting. Nomination for membership of future Boards can be made by any EuPRA member before the announced deadline. Nominations have to be made in writing, state the name of the nominator and state that the nominee has accepted nomination. Any EuPRA member is eligible for nomination. A General Conference may decide to elect a nomination committee for elections at next General Conference.
Art. 11 (Finances)
The financial resources of EuPRA include:
(a) Contributions from members, as indicated in art. 5;
(b) Subsidies and grants from third parties;
Art. 12 (Amendments)
Future substantive amendments of the statutes are decided by the General Conference. The Board has the power to make the technical amendments that may be required, e.g. for proper legal registration of EuPRA.
Art. 13 (Dissolution)
The competence to dissolve EuPRA rests with the General Conference. In case of dissolution of EuPRA, its net assets shall be transferred to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (AFK), Berlin, which must use them exclusively and directly for non-profit purposes.