OF THE BALKAN ASSOCIATION OF ROMAN LAW AND ROMAN LEGAL TRADITION
I.The Statute of the Association
Art. 1 (1) The Balkan Association of Roman Law and Roman Legal Tradition "Societas pro Iure Romano" (S.I.R.), hereinafter referred to as the Association, is hereby established.
(2) The Association is not a legal entity; it is a voluntary and non-profit organization founded in 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria, based on voluntary membership of professors and researchers who study and lecture Roman private and public law and Roman legal history and tradition in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.
(3) The Association is part of civil society, and it is an independent, non-governmental and non-political formation that exists on the basis of scientific collaboration, established for an indefinite period of time.
(4) The Association terminates its activity upon the decision of the General Assembly.
Art. 2 (1) The objectives of the Association:
1. The Association establishes and reinforces the regular contact between professors and scientists from the Balkans, who believe that the Roman legal tradition and culture have high universal values;
2. It organizes periodic scientific forums dedicated to Roman law and Roman legal tradition and to the current development of Rromanistics both on the Balkans and on at European and global level;
3. It promotes the achievements of lecturers and scientists from the Balkans in the field of Rromanistics through printed and electronic publications, multimedia, or any activities in line with the objectives of the Association;
(2) To achieve its objectives, the Association cooperates with other organizations with similar objectives:
1. It organizes and conducts public lectures, meetings, colloquiums, conferences, seminars, anniversaries, student and scientific debates and international forums;
2. It publishes newsletters, collections of scientific papers, scientific journals in printed and electronic form, etc.;
3. It maintains the Register as a database for professors and researchers, including graduate students and young scientists from the Balkan countries, in order to facilitate communication and to enable more efficient cooperation among them;
4. It maintains a virtual library made up of papers voluntarily provided by authors from the Balkan countries - scientific papers, studies, articles, didactic materials and so on.
5. It provides information about forums, courses and research on Roman law in the Balkan countries and the events related to them.
Art. 3. (1) The Association has its own web page on the website of the Faculty of Law at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"- www.iusromanum.eu, which contains contact information - e-mail, address, etc. The site is administered by the members of the Association of the same faculty.
(2) The headquarters of the Association is the Faculty of Law at SU "St. Kliment Ohridski", Room 308 – 15, Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia 1504, Bulgaria.
(3) The Association has its own unique logo and the official Statute, adopted by the members.
Art. 4. The General Council of the Association, hereby, determines the Regulations of activities, establishing contacts and organization of events in view of achieving the abovementioned objectives.
II. Membership in the Association
Art. 5. (1) A member of the Association can be any physical person who is a lawyer, - a professor or a scientist, as well as a PhD student or a researcher from the Balkans, and who lectures or conducts research in the field of Roman law and Roman legal tradition.
(2) By exception, historians, linguists and other individuals who are not lawyers, but who can contribute to the development of Roman law and Roman legal tradition with their research, can access the Association.
(3) Honorary members of the Association can be distinguished academics and professors of Romanistics studies from outside the Balkans who through cooperation make a significant contribution to achieving the objectives of the organization.
(4) All members complete the registration sheet in the form approved by the Assembly, which contains basic personal information, in order to facilitate contact in relation to the activities of the Association.
Art. 6. The members of the Association are the founders, associate members and honorary members.
Art 7. The founders are the members of the Constituent Assembly of the Association, whose members have all signed this Statute.
Art. 8. (1) The members are all individuals who meet the requirements of Art. 5, para. 1 and 2 who have submitted a written application to the Administrative Council by which they undertake to respect the Statute and the objectives of the Association and to act in accordance with the Regulations.
(2) The application referred to in paragraph 1 is to be accompanied by:
a) a recommendation from one of the founders of the Association;
b) information about research and teaching activities of a candidate - biography and bibliography;
c) a completed registration sheet .
(3) The application is reviewed by the Administrative Council of the Association within one month of receipt, and the Committee recommends that the General Assembly take into consideration granting the membership to an individual.
(4) The proposal of the Administrative Council for the admission of a new member to the Association and the decision of the General Assembly may be given electronically, as provided in the Association's Regulations.
(5) Membership becomes effective the moment the decision is made by the General Assembly.
(6) The Administrative Council records new members in the Register of the Association.
Art. 9 (1) The General Assembly according to art.5, para.3 may accept as honorary members upon a written proposal of any founding member who submits to the Administrative Council a motivation, candidate information and their explicit consent to be accepted as an honorary member.
(2) The Administrative Council submits proposals together with the documents referred to in paragraph 2 to the General Assembly, which decides on the admission of an individual as an honorary member.
(3) The proposal and the supporting documents, as well as the decision of the General Assembly, may be given electronically, as provided in the Association's Regulations.
(4) Honorary membership becomes effective as of the moment the decision is made by the General Assembly.
(5) The Administrative Council records the honorary members of the Association in the Register.
(6) The honorary member can complete the registration sheet.
Art. 10. (1) Membership in the Association ceases upon:
1. the death of the member;
2. A written statement by a member of the Association;
3. The exclusion from the General Assembly due to a reasoned proposal from the Administrative Council or at least 2 founders, when a gross violation of the Statute is determined, damaging the reputation of the Association and its members, after considering the explanations given by the person concerned.
(2) The Association does not cease should the cases under paragraph 1 arise continues to exist with its other members.
III. The Administration
Art. 11. The bodies of the Association are: the General Assembly, the Administrative Council and the President.
Art. 12. (1) The General Assembly of the Association consists of all members, including honorary members who can participate without voting.. Each member is entitled to one vote. A member may authorize in writing another member to represent him or her in a specific case or for a specific period of time, not exceeding six months. The authorization is submitted to the Administrative Council in writing or electronically.
(2) The General Assembly is convened at the request of the dministrative Council at least once a year. It may be convened at the request of one-fourth of the members of the Association.
(3) The agenda of the meeting is determined by the Administrative Council and present to members by e-mail at least two weeks before the meeting. Each member has the right to propose amendments and additions to the agenda a week before the meeting. The Council sends in this case the final order five days before the meeting.
(4) The General Assembly:
1.adopts, modifies, and amends the Statute of the Association;
2. accepts the Association's Regulations, a unique logo, official documents, application forms and other documents related to the implementation of activities;
3. admits and dismisses the members of the Association;
4. approves an annual report on the activity of the Administrative Council;
5. collects information on scientific research and activities of the members of the Association and the development of romanistic science in the Balkans and plans future activities of the Association;
6. makes decisions concerning the organization and functioning of the Association;
7. decides on other issues on the agenda.
(5) The General Assembly has a quorum of 2/3 of all members of the Association.A member may authorize in writing another member to represent him or her. The authorization must contain the method of voting on the items of the agenda.
(6) The Assembly adopts decisions by a simple majority of all the members of the Association presented at the Asseambly.
(7) The General Assembly may decide without the presence of all members, but only with their explicit written statements made by electronic means and after the Administrative Council has personally contacted the members. The Council sends the decisions to all members, and if they have not been contested within the legal term, the decisions enter into force.
Art. 13. (1) The Administrative Council consists of the President, Vice-President and three members elected by the General Assembly by open ballot every five years with no limit as to the number of mandates.
(2) The Board of DirectorsAdministrative Council has a Secretary of the Association, elected by the General Assembly by open ballot for the same period.
(3) The President is the representative of the members of the Association, and he carries out activities in the general interest of the same..
(4) The Board of DirectorsAdministrative Council:
1. realizes the decisions of the Assembly;
2. organizes the аctivity of the Association;
3. decides on the matters for which it is authorized by the General Assembly;
4. presents an annual report on the activities of the Foundation;
5. summarizes the reports of the members from the Balkans on the progress in science and research of Roman law and Roman legal tradition, and presents the summary to the Assembly.
6. keeps the Register, the virtual library and the publications related to the activities of the Association.
7. maintains the website and updates information on the activities of the Association and its members.
(5) The Administrative Council meets at least twice a year, and is convened on the initiative of the President. When necessary, it may be convened at any time by each of the members of the Council.
(6) Decisions of the Administrative Council are made by a simple majority. Decisions can be made without the presence of all the members, but with their explicit written agreement submitted by electronic means or personal contact.
(7) The President signs all documents of the Association and keeps the archive.
IV. Other Provisions
Art. 14 (1) The Association is a non-profit organization.
(2) The Association has no assets. Donations and other gifts are acceptable only if they represent support in the general interest and are carried out directly between the donor and the third party in order to achieve the objectives of the Association (E.g. For the organization of scientific meetings, publishing of books, magazines and so on). In this case, the Council of the Association will be immediately informed of the donation.
(3) Members search for means of financial support for the organisation of conferences or other activities provided by this Statute and also for the maintenance of the website which for the time being is financed and administered by the Faculty of Law at Sofia University.
Art. 15. (1) The official languages of the Association are Italian, English and French.
(2) Each member of the Association can translate the Statute and other documents of the Association into his or her national language and put them on the site of his or her department, institute, faculty, etc.
Art. 16. (1) In cases of disputes unresolved by these special provisions, they should be resolved by mutual consent among the members.
(2) In the absence of accord, the provisions of legislation of the current Association's headquarters shall apply.
These rules were adopted at the Constituent Assembly of the Association held on October 13, 2016 in Sofia.