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Statutes

(SELECTED AND CONDENSED ARTICLES)

Denomination - Purpose

Article 1
The "World Academy of Ceramics", herein referred to as the Academy, has been formed. The Academy is a voluntary, non-profit organization of Supporting Members.

Article 2
The Academy shall constitute a center for the International Community directed towards promoting progress in the field of ceramics and fostering a better understanding of the social impact and cultural interactions of ceramic science, technology, history and art.

Within this framework, the Academy shall:
- Reward and honour those persons who have made a significant contribution to the cultural advancement of the sector.
- Promote, endorse, manage and support cultural and educational activities directed towards achieving progress in the sector and cross fertilization of ceramics science, technology and art within the modern materials and societal endeavour.
- Assist and support participation of individuals and institutions of developing countries in international cultural and educational activities concerned with ceramics which would also promote progress in the ceramic sector in these Countries.

To accomplish the above goals, the Academy will seek to cooperate actively with other organizations and groups of individual countries or international organizations pursuing analogous or related objectives.


Supporting Members

Article 4
Supporting Members of the Academy shall include the following:
a) Cultural, scientific and professional institutions and organizations, companies and other national or international bodies concerned with the well been of the ceramic sector, and
b) Individuals involved in ceramics and concerned with the well been of the ceramics sector.


Management and Administrative Bodies

Article 5
The management and administrative bodies of the Academy shall be the following:
- General Assembly
- Special Assembly
- Council
- Chairman


General Assembly

Article 6
The General Assembly shall be formed by all Supporting Members of the Academy and shall have the following responsibilities:
- Elect the Chairman of the Academy.
- Elect the members of the Council of the Academy.
- Approve the finances and budget of the Academy.


Special Assembly

Article 7
The Special Assembly shall be formed by all Supporting Members of the Academy and has the following responsibilities:
- Deliberate on modification of the Statutes of the Academy.
- Deliberate on dissolution of the Academy.


Council

Article 8
The Council is presieded by the Chairman of the Academy.
The Council shall have the following responsibilities:
- Decide on the general organization of the Academy.
- Define the general outline of the activities of the Academy.
- Establish the annual budget of the Academy.
- Decide on expenditures when the conditions (i), (ii) and (iii) specified in Article 9 occur.
- Deliberate on any initiatives which involve decisions regarding extraordinary financial contributions from Supporting Members.
- Deliberate on the admission of Supporting Members.
- Deliberate on Admission Fees and Annual Dues for Supporting Members.
- Deliberate on the appointment of Academicians.
- Deliberate on appointees to serve in the Advisory Board and other Committees of the Academy.


Chairman

Article 9
The Chairman of the Academy is the legal representative of the Academy and his signature, alone, is binding to the effects of the law. The Chairman is vested with the appropriate powers for the management of the affairs of the Academy and is empowered to sign all documents and acts of normal and extraordinary administration with the exclusion of (i) buy, sell or make changes in Academy property, (ii) agree to registration, cancellation and mortages in Academy property, and (iii) agree to expenditures not covered by ordinary or extra-ordinary funding, excess from preceeding budgets, or from donations and gifts.
In case of prolonged inability of the Chairman to carry out his duties, the relative power and functions are conferred on the Council of the Academy.


Advisory Board

Article 10
The Advisory Board consists of nine to twelve Members which shall be elected by ballot among the Academicians. Said Members shall represent on a parity basis the following Regions: i) Europe and Africa, ii) North and South America, and iii) Asia and Australia, and shall be elected by and among the Academicians belonging to the respective Regions.
The elected representatives in the Board from one single country cannot exceed the number of two. It is the faculty of the Council to appoint additional Board Members up to a maximum of one third of the total number of Members of the Board. The Board elects its own President.
Voting procedure as well as the nominees are the responsibility of the Council.
Members of the Board hold a 4-year term and are not re-eligible for the next 4-year term.
The Board provides advice to the Academy on all matter the Council feels appropriate to vest it and make proposals to the Council for the Committees and activities of the Academy.
The President of the Advisory Board may attend the meetings of the Council.


Committees

Article 11
The Academy shall be assisted by Committees such as are decided by the Council being necessary for the work of the Academy.


Academicians

Article 12
Individuals who have made an internationally renown significant contribution to the advancement of ceramics culture, science, technology, industry, history and art are eligible as Academicians. The appointment as Academician is merely honorary and rewards the personal merits in the field. The status of Academician does not involve specific duties or obligations on the part of the member. Nevertheless propensity of an Academician to be directly involved in the activities of the Academy and in its Boards and Committees will be highly favoured and appreciated.


Non remuneration for Offices Held

Article 13
All offices held on behalf of the Academy are non remunerative.


Funding

Article 16
Funding of the Academy shall come from the following sources:
- Admission fees of the Supporting Members
- Annual dues of the Supporting Members
- Contributions from national and international organizations, associations, companies and individuals
- Administration of the Academy' s own assets
- Any other source of income different from the above


Property Rights

Article 19
The results of all initiatives carried out in the name or under commission of the Academy become the property of the Academy, which shall dispose of such property in the way deemed most appropriate. No Member or third person may carry out initiatives or advance requests for financing, contributions from third parties in the name of the Academy or in the role of Member of the Academy, unless expressly delegated with this authority by the Academy.


Final Clause

Article 22
It shall be responsibility of the Council of the Academy to deal with any situations relevant to the interests of the Academy not expressly treated in the present Statutes.


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