Art. 1 - The purpose
of the International Association for Water Law (AIDA), created
in Washington, D.C., the United States of America, on May
30th, 1967, is to foster the evolution, study, knowledge,
understanding and application of water law, national and international,
with a view to the development of national water legislation
and of the legal aspects of national water administrations
and institutions, and of related aspects of international
water law. The doctrines, laws, institutions and administrations
pertaining to areas smaller than nation-states are also included.
Art. 2 - The Association
is a private international organization. The Secretariat of
the Association shall be located in the place designated by
the Executive Council (hereinafter referred to as The
Art. 3 - I. The Association
has two categories of members:
a) Individual members:
i) Regular members.
These are lawyers, or holders of law degrees, with a specialization
in water law, who are admitted to regular membership by the
Council under the sponsorship of a regular member.
ii) Associate members.
These are engineers, geologists, agronomists, economists,
managers, hydrologists, meteorologists, or others, who have
specialized in water or hydraulic matters, who are admitted
to associate membership by the Council under the sponsorship
of a regular member.
iii) Patrons. Members
who make a donation to the Association in excess of €
or US $150 are awarded the tile of Patrons of the Association.
b) Corporate members:
These are corporate and other legal entities which are admitted
to corporate membership by the Council upon the proposal of
a member of the Association.
II. The Council is authorized to admit new individual members
subject to the payment of the membership dues.
III. The Council may waive, temporarily, the duty to pay the
annual membership fee with regard to those members from developing
countries who are not in a position to raise the money in
foreign currency, upon their request.
Art. 4 - Membership
is terminated under any of the following circumstances:
b) non-payment for two consecutive years of the dues
fixed by the Executive Council;
c) behaviour contrary to the interests of the Association.
Art. 5 - I. To be admitted
as a regular member of the Association it is necessary to
hold a law degree, and to fulfill one of the following conditions:
a) to be or to have been an official or counsellor
of, or consultant to, or counsellor of, a public or private
institution responsible for the administration and use of
b) to be or to have been a professor or researcher
at the university or institute level in a chair specializing
in water law or water administration;
c) to have published one or more books or articles
on water law or water administration.
II. To be admitted as an associate member it is necessary
to have an academic degree in one of the disciplines specified
in Art. 3-I a), ii), above, and to fulfill mutatis mutandis
one of the conditions mentioned in Art. 5-I above.
Art. 6 - The organs of
the Association are:
a) the Executive Council;
b) the Conference.
Art. 7 - I. The Council
shall consist of the following members:
a) the Executive Chairperson of the Executive Council;
b) the Deputy Chairperson;
c) the Treasurer;
d) the Editor;
e) up to five additional members
each of them having one vote,
and of the following observers:
f) the Honorary Chairperson, and
g) honorary members
with no voting rights
II. The members of the Council are appointed by the Executive
Chairperson; the observers by decision of the Council.
III. The Council shall be presided over by the Executive
Chairperson, who shall be elected by the Council itself. The
Executive Chairperson of the Council shall be responsible
for the day-to-day administration of the Association. He shall
administer and dispose of the assets of the Association, accept
grants, carry out the recommendations of the Conferences,
summon and organize the Conferences and establish their agendas,
publish the Newsletter of the Association and other publications,
and approve the establishment of national and regional committees
of the Association. The Executive Chairperson shall represent
the Association before third parties. He may delegate such
functions to any member or observer.
IV. The Council shall amend this Charter and decide on the
dissolution and liquidation of the Association.
V. The Council's decisions are valid when by oral vote during
a formal meeting of the Council, or by e-mail, they are approved
by the majority of the members. This approval is assumed to
be tacit when no reply to a proposal has been received within
30 days from the date of the dispatch. In case of a tie vote,
the Executive Chairperson of the Council shall have a casting
VI. The Council shall adopt bylaws governing the procedures
of the Conferences.
VII. The Council shall determine the duties of its members
in so far as they are not specified in this Charter.
VIII. The Council shall establish the annual membership
dues of the Association. A differentiated schedule of dues
shall be established in respect of individual and corporate
IX. The Council may confer the status of Honorary Officer
upon a member of the Association, or of Honorary Member to
a non-member, in recognition of extraordinary service to the
Association. Honorary Officers, Honorary Members shall not
be liable to pay dues. Honorary Members shall have no voting
X. The Council may establish institutional relationships
between the Association and other international organizations.
These relationships entail, on the basis of reciprocity,
a) invitations to send representatives to Conferences
and meetings of common interest;
b) exemption of these representatives from the payment
of annual dues;
c) right to receive, free of charge, one copy of the
reports and documents of these Conferences and meetings; and
d) facilities in the exchange of information.
XI. Membership in the Council may be terminated by the Executive
Chairperson under the following circumstances:
b) nonpayment of dues for more than one year;
c) inability or failure to perform duties.
Art. 8 - The Conferences:
I. Will meet at the call of the Executive Chairperson of
II. Will be presided over by a person designated by the
Executive Chairperson of the Council. The officers of the
Conferences shall be those appointed by the Executive Chairperson
of the Council plus those elected by each Conference. The
president-designated and the officers so appointed will hold
office until the end of the Conference.
III. Shall consider only the subjects included in the agenda;
IV. Can pass recommendations, or abstain from same. For
adoption, any recommendation shall require the majority vote
of the members present and registered for the Conference;
V. Can recommend the publication of the papers presented
at the Conferences with the prior concurrence of the Council;
VI. Will have as their aim the exchange and diffusion of
views with respect to doctrine and scientific and technical
VII. Observers from other institutions, governmental or
nongovernmental, but with similar or common purposes, may
be invited by the Council to participate and speak at the
Conferences, and to present papers.
Art. 9 - I. The Executive
Chairperson of the Council designates the Deputy Chairperson
to assist him in the performance of his duties.
II. The members of the Scientific Committee are appointed
by the Chairman of the Council on the basis of their qualifications
and of the services they may render to the Association, and
may be dismissed by the Chairman under the circumstances indicated
in Article 7.XI
Art. 10 - I. The Council
designates a Treasurer from among its members. The Treasurer
is responsible for the collection, custody and disbursement
of all funds of the Association.
II. The Treasurer shall expend the funds of the Association
jointly with a member of the Council designated by the Executive
III. The Treasurer shall submit to the Executive Council
a statement of the accounts of the Association as of 31 December
of each year not later than 31 January of the next year.
Art. 11 The Council
designates an Editor from among its members. The Editor is
responsible for the issuance of AquaForum, the newsletter
of the Association, and for other publications of the Association.
Art. 12 - Miscellaneous
I. The founding members of the Association are those who participated
in the Constitutive Session on May 30th, 1967, in Washington.
a) regular members: Charles Campet, Guillermo J.
Cano, Dante A. Caponera, Vicente Giner, Robert D. Hayton,
Armaldo Merino, G.W. Putto, José Rojas Garcidueñas,
Isidoro Zanotti, Rafael Tasso.
b) associate members: Luis Cabrera, Mariano de la Hoz.
II. This Charter was unanimously subscribed in Valencia,
Spain, on 24 March 1968 by the Interim Committee and was amended
by the Council on 30 June 1997, on 31 October 2001, on 25
June 2003, and on 29 December 2008.
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