Article 1  -  Name
The name of the Association shall be the Irish Biblical Association.

Article 2  -  Aims
The aims of the Association shall be:
1. To assist the Irish Church in its work of understanding and proclaiming the Word of God;
2. To promote the scientific study of the Bible and all related branches of learning;
3. To organise congresses, conferences, study groups etc. and to arrange lectures on biblical subjects;
4. To promote the publication of scientific studies on the Scriptures;
5. To contribute to articles and books on biblical matters which will be of assistance in promoting a general biblical apostolate;
6. To make available up-to-date translations of the Bible in English and Irish.
Article 3  -  Membership
1. The Executive of the Association shall establish a Credentials Committee chaired by a member of the Executive who is also an Ordinary Member of the Association.
2. The chief categories of membership shall be Ordinary and Associate.
(a) Associate membership is open to all who subscribe to the aims of the Association.
(b) Any one of the following academic qualifications shall be deemed to qualify for admission to Ordinary Membership of the Association: a Licentiate, Master’s degree or Doctorate in Sacred Scripture, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology or Biblical Languages, conferred by a recognised degree-granting body. 
(c) The Credentials Committee is entitled to propose for Ordinary Membership those who have the equivalency of the above academic qualifications.  This would include scholars in other areas of work whose expertise contributes to the study of scripture and those with the experience of the teaching of scientific exegesis at diploma or degree level for a period not less than three years.
(d) In the case of applications under the provisions of (c) above, the Credentials Committee shall satisfy itself in every instance that the equivalency demanded by the Constitution exists and shall explain the equivalency to the General Meeting.
(e) The Association shall provide a form for applicants which provide them with the opportunity to supply all relevant information. In order to be considered at the Annual General Meeting, applications for membership shall be made to the Credentials Committee at least two months prior to the meeting.
(f) The Credentials Committee shall review all applications for Ordinary Membership at least one month prior to the voting on such applications at an Annual General Meeting. At the Annual General Meeting the names and relevant qualifications of the nominees shall be brought before the Meeting by the Chairperson of the Credentials Committee (or by the Chairperson's delegate) and shall be voted upon individually. No nominee, even if already an Associate Member, may be present during this procedure at the Meeting.
(g) Late applications for Ordinary Membership, namely those received between the meeting of the Credentials Committee and the Annual General Meeting, will be considered as applications for Associate Membership and the applicant may be admitted on that basis. Such admission is without prejudice to application for Ordinary Membership at a subsequent meeting.
3. Each member shall pay such annual subscription as shall be specified from time to time by a General Meeting of the Association.
4. Any member whose subscription is more than a year in arrears shall be deemed, after due reminder, to have resigned.
5. (a) Honorary Life Membership shall be open to those who have made a noteworthy contribution to biblical scholarship. They shall be elected by the General Meeting of the Association on recommendation of the Executive Committee.
(b) The number of Honorary Life Members shall never exceed ten at any given time.
Article 4  -  Administration
1. Final authority in the Association shall reside in the Ordinary members assembled at a duly convoked General Meeting.
2. A General Meeting of the Association shall be held annually or more frequently if deemed necessary by the Executive on requested in writing by one-third of the Ordinary Members of the Association.
3. Due notice of the agenda and the date of the meeting shall be sent to all members of the Association. The time and place of the meeting shall be determined by the Executive of the Association.
Article 5  -  The Executive  
1. Between General Meetings, responsibility for administration rests with the Executive of the Association.
2. The Executive of the Association shall consist of:
(a) the Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) and the Chairperson of the Publications Committee as ex officio members;
(b) two other Executive members.
3. Four members of the Executive, one of whom shall be the President or Vice-President, shall form a quorum.
4. (a) The Officers shall be elected by the Ordinary Members.
(b) Two Executive Members shall be elected to serve for one year by the Ordinary and Associate Members. These Executive Members shall be eligible for re-election to the same position only after an interval of one year.
(c) Only Ordinary Members shall be eligible for election as President and Vice-President.
(d) In the event of a vacancy in the presidency of the Association, the Vice-President becomes Acting President until the next General Meeting.
(e) Should a vacancy among the other officers or other members of the Executive occur, the Executive shall be empowered to fill the vacancy according to the above conditions until the next General Meeting.
(f) Members shall only be eligible for election to the Executive after one year's membership of the Association.
5. The Officers shall hold office for three years, but the President and Vice-President shall not be eligible for immediate re-election to their respective offices.

Article 6  -  Conferences
1. At least two conferences shall be held annually to study biblical topics of assistance to the members.
2. All details (lecturers, themes, time and place) relating to these conferences shall be determined by the Executive in consultation with the members.
3. All members of the Association and others invited by the Executive shall be welcome to participate in these conferences. 
Article 7  -  The Publications Committee  
1. The Association shall have a Publications Committee, the members of which shall be appointed by the Association at a General Meeting.
2. There shall be at least four members in the Publications Committee.
3. Members of the Publications Committee shall serve for a period of three years.  
4. The Publications Committee shall appoint from among its members:
(a) A Chairperson who shall be an Ordinary Member of the Association;
(b) An Editor of the Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association;
(c) A Treasurer.
5. Should the Publications Committee deem an extra specialist member necessary for the efficiency of its task, it may co-opt such a person until the next regular General Meeting of the Association.
6. Should one of its regular members cease for whatever reason to be a member, the Publications Committee may co-opt a person to take his or her place until the next General Meeting of the Association.
7. (a) The Publications Committee may raise and administer funds for its own projects.        
(b) Any funds remaining after the completion of such projects shall be put to the use determined by a General Meeting of the Association, having before it a report and recommendation of the Publications Committee.
8. The Publications Committee shall make an annual report to the General Meeting of its financial position and its publication projects.
9. (a) From among members of the Association the Publications Committee shall appoint a Director of the Special Publications Trust who shall administer this Trust in accordance with the guidelines established for the management of the Trust and assess and propose to the Association further developments in research and publication in conformity with the aims of the Trust, and in keeping with the current financial situation of the Special Publications Fund.
 (b) Should the Director deem one or two specialists useful for assistance in the task, he may chose them and propose their names for acceptance to the IBA Publications Committee.
10. The responsibilities of the Publications Committee shall include:
(a) The regular publication of the Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association;
(b) The administration of the Special Publications Trust through the Director of the Trust and his assistants;
(c) The nomination of members for the Special Publications Editorial Boards for appointment for fixed periods by the Annual General Meeting;
(d) The review, as it sees fit, of the membership of the Special Publications Editorial Boards and of the directorship of the Special Publications Trust.

Article 8  -  Amendments of the Constitution
1. Any amendment to this Constitution shall require the vote of two-thirds of the Ordinary Members present and voting in a General Meeting, and shall become effective from that date.
2. Notification of any proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be sent to all members not less than one month before the meeting at which it is to be considered.
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