The name of the organisation is the Asia PacificRegional Arbitration Group ("APRAG").
At the initiative of the Australian Centre forInternational Commercial Arbitration, the inaugural foundation members of APRAGhave come together in Sydneyon 2 November 2004 to establish APRAG. The formation of APRAG is notinconsistent with the recognition that the members offer competing services.However it is predicated on the recognition that regional centres andorganisations have a common interest in promoting arbitration and in enhancingknowledge and improving skills and expertise in the region.
The objects of APRAG are to:
4. Activities and Functions
In order to discharge its objects APRAG mayundertake any number of activities and functions. These might include but willnot be limited to:
5.1 Foundation Members
The following are the foundation members of APRAG:
Anybody that is an arbitration organisation orcentre and any other body approved by the Committee may apply for membership.
A tertiary institution which demonstrates to theCommittee's satisfaction its interest in arbitration may apply for associatemembership. An associate member does not have the right to vote at APRAGmeetings.
The Committee may in its absolute discretion decidewhether to admit or not admit an applicant for membership or associatemembership.
The Committee may, in its absolute discretion,appoint a person as a Fellow in recognition of his or her outstanding serviceto APRAG or to arbitration in general.
6. Membership Fees
The Committee may in its discretion determine thatfees shall be paid by members and associate members and, if so, in what amountsfor each class of member.
7. Termination of Membership
The Committee may terminate the membership of anymember or associate member for good cause.
The members of APRAG shall at each general meetingelect a President, up to 3 Past Presidents and up to 12 Vice-Presidents. Thesepersons plus the Immediate Past President shall compose a committee("Committee") which will manage the affairs of APRAG. The Committeemay appoint administrative officers as required.
Each Committee member shall be an officer or memberof an organisation that is a member of APRAG. If during his or her term aCommittee member ceases to be an officer or member of his or her host organisation,that host organisation may either (i) designate a new person to take up thatposition on the Committee or (ii) allow the departing person to serve theremainder of his or her term on the Committee.
9. Committee Meetings
The President shall convene Committee meetings (inperson or by telephone, video or other electronic means) as required. ThePresident shall preside at Committee meetings, or in his or her absence thePresident shall nominate another person to preside. If at a committee meetingthe Committee is equally divided the person presiding at the meeting shall havea casting as well as a deliberative vote.
10. General Meetings of APRAG
A general meeting of APRAG shall be held every 2years or at such other specified interval as the Committee decides. TheCommittee shall try to ensure that general meetings are held in the home cityof an APRAG member and, preferably, when an arbitration conference is alsotaking place in or nearby that city.
The President shall preside at general meetings, orin his or her absence a Vice-President who has been nominated by the President.
The President shall ensure that each member isgiven notice of the time and place for the general meeting.
Members may attend in person, through a proxy or bytelephone or video-conference facility.
11. Changes to this Constitution
A two-thirds majority of the members at a generalmeeting may decide to amend this constitution.