Armenian
Young Lawyers Association

Charter

CHARTER
OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
“ARMENIAN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION”

(new edition)
Yerevan 2002

1.    GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1    The non-governmental organization “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” (hereinafter referred to as “Organization”) is a non-governmental organization, which is established on the basis of the commonness of its members’ interests and their voluntary will, aimed at satisfying spiritual and other non-material needs.
1.2    The Organization is the successor of the Young Lawyers Union registered on 14.03.1995 by 12/2-2 decision of the Board of RA Ministry of Justice and “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” non-governmental organization re-registered on 13.12.1999 by 2031 order of RA Minister of Justice.
1.3    The activities of the Organization are carried out in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, the acting laws of RA, International treaties and the present Charter.
1.4    The name of the Organization is: «Հայաստանի երիտասարդ իրավաբանների ասոցիացիա» հասարակական կազմակերպություն in Armenian, Հայաստանի երիտասարդ իրավաբանների ասոցիացիա in short, abbreviation ՀԵԻԱ:
Non-governmental organization “Armenian Young Lawyers Association” in English, Armenian Young Lawyers Association in short, abbreviation AYLA.
1.5    The activities of the Organization are based on the principles of legitimacy, self-governance, publicity, equal rights and voluntarism.
1.6    The Organization operates on the whole territory of the Republic of Armenia. It is also entitled to operate in foreign countries in accordance with the legislation of those countries.
1.7    The Organization is considered to be a Legal Entity from the time of its State registration with the Ministry of Justice, has a round seal with its name on it in Armenian, Russian and English, has symbol, official documents, badges, bank accounts in different banks in Armenian dram and foreign currency.
1.8    The Organization has a symbol with a scale with its pans on equal levels symbolizing justice, an open book between the scale pans symbolizing enlightenment, and the abbreviation in Armenian capital letters ՀԵԻԱ (AYLA) over the book. The logo is attached to this Charter.
1.9    The Organization uses all the rights defined for a legal entity in accordance with RA legislation and bears corresponding duties.
1.10     In the purpose of implementing the goals and objectives stated in the Charter, the Organization has the right to submit proposals to RA State bodies.
1.11     The Organization is cooperating RA State bodies as well as Non-Governmental organizations, and individuals.
1.12     The Organization has the right to establish international relations, affiliate to international non-governmental and non-profit legal organizations, and sign contracts and conventions with foreign non-governmental and non-profit organizations.
1.13     In the purpose of implementing the Goals and objectives stated in the Charter, the Organization has the right to establish mass media means in accordance with RA legislation.
1.14     The Organization has the right to carry out entrepreneurial activities through the enterprises established by the Union in accordance with RA legislation.
1.15     The address of the Organization is: apt. 2, Nalbandyan str., Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, telephone 58-02-99, 54-01-99.

2.    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION

2.1. The goals and objectives of the Organization are:
•    join the efforts and potential of the members and supporters of the Organization and to direct them to promote the establishment and strengthening of Armenia as a sovereign, democratic, legal and social state.
•    assist to the raise of the legal awareness as well as of the level of legal culture among the population by means of preaching laws and legal knowledge among the population.
•    assist to the development of law, to the study and development of RA legislation.
•    assist to the implementation of judicial reforms in the Republic of Armenia.
•    assist to the protection of human rights and formation of the civil society in the Republic of Armenia.
•    protect the rights of socially vulnerable layers of the population: invalids, refugees, asylum seekers, freedom fighters, military servicemen, youth, and students by providing them necessary free legal services.
•    assist to the establishment and development of free legal advice and information centers in the Republic of Armenia, as well as to the establishment of the institute of free legal advice, and to the expansion and development of the network of organizations providing free legal aid.
•    assist to the consolidation and development of the cooperation of law organizations in the Republic of Armenia.
•    promote to the establishment, widening and development of legal clinics in the Republic of Armenia.
•    assist to the establishment and development of the advocacy institute in the Republic of Armenia.
•    organize and provide legal assistance to the legal entities and physical persons in accordance with RA law.
•    facilitate the development of economy based on free market relations, particularly to facilitate the raise of the level of legal knowledge of entrepreneurs and businessmen engaged in small and middle business, to provide legal services to commercial legal entities in accordance with the law.
•    promote to the improvement of the quality and efficacy of legal education as well as to the growth of scientific educational standard of law students, young lawyers and advocates, organize training courses, seminars, conferences, competitions and other measures.
•    establish and develop a legal training and information center equipped with modern legal literature and technologies for the members of the Organization.
•    establish a data bank of young lawyers, to help the young lawyers find jobs in accordance with their profession.
•    facilitate the restoration, preservation, study and dissemination of the historical legal values of the Armenian nation.
•    co-operate with the lawyers and legal organizations of Diaspora and foreign countries.
•    facilitate the reform and development of electoral system in the Republic of Armenia based on the progressive international experience: to realize advocacy campaigns among the population aimed at raising the legal awareness of the people in this sphere: as well as to carry out observation missions during the elections of representative bodies aimed at improving the electoral legislation.
•    facilitate the strengthening of mutual ties between the local self-governing bodies in the Republic of Armenia and the population: to promote the implementation of community development projects: to organize public hearings with the involvement of the representatives of local self-governing bodies and the population.
•    promote intensification and development of cooperation of the non-governmental organizations, support the establishment of a training and information center of non-governmental organizations, promote the establishment of Intranet and Internet networks “Non-Governmental Organization”, as well as a centralized informative system for non-governmental organizations, to support the non-governmental organizations to represent themselves in the Internet, to provide grants to the non-governmental organizations.

3.    MEMBERSHIP, PROCEDURE OF ADMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL, RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES OF THE MEMBERS

3.1    Any lawyer, law student or person from 16 to 45 years who is interested in jurisprudence, abides this Charter, by his/her activities promotes the implementation of the Organization’s goals and objectives provided by this Charter, pays entrance and membership fees and passes the probation period for an associate member of the Organization, can become a member of the Organization. The number of the members of the Organization, who are not lawyers, cannot exceed the five percents of the total number of the Organization’s members.
3.2    The adolescent of sixteen to eighteen years of age unless he/she is acknowledged as sui juris upon the order established by law, can join the organization on the basis of his/her application with a written consent of his/her legal representative.
3.3    The decision to admit a new associate member of the Organization according to his/her application is adopted by the President of the Organization. After successfully passing a one-year probation period for an associate member, the associate member has the right to apply to the President in a written form to obtain the status of a full member of the Organization. The decision to admit a new member of the Organization is adopted by the President of the Organization. The term of the one-year probation period for an associate member may be reduced or abolished by the decision of the President of the Organization.
3.4    The Organization keeps records of its members and associate members and periodically updates their data. The President of the Organization determines the order and conditions of record keeping of its members and associate members.
3.5    The associate member of the Organization pays an entrance fee and then membership fees. The full member of the Organization pays a membership fee. The President of the Organization determines the amount and the way of payment of the fees.
3.6    Withdrawal from the membership of the Organization is carried out upon the member’s written application or the decision of the President of the Organization on dismissal of the member for failure to meet the requirements or to carry out his duties properly as defined in point 3.8 of this Charter.
3.7    The member of the Organization has the right to:
a)    elect and be elected to the governing/managerial bodies of the Organization,
b)    bring to the discussion of the leading/managerial bodies the Organization suggestions, comments and recommendations and practical programs referring to the plans and activities of the Organization,
c)    express freely personal opinion,
d)    obtain legal assistance of the Organization in protection of his lawful rights, as well as to obtain financial, technical, information and other aid,
e)    obtain detailed information concerning the work of the Organization,
f)    participate in the General Assembly of the Organization if it is held with participation of delegates and he/she hasn’t been elected a delegate,
g)    have access to the documents with registration of the activities of the Organization’s bodies and get copies of the adopted decisions.
h)    appeal in written form the decisions of the Organization’s bodies in accordance with the principle of superiority,
i)    dispute the decisions of the body including the decisions of the highest body of the Organization in court in compliance with the order defined by the RA law,
j)    terminate his membership in the Organization freely.
3.8    The member of the Organization is responsible to:
a)    pay entrance and membership dues on regular basis,
b)    participate and assist to the activities of the Organization,
c)    contribute raising the reputation of the Organization by his activities, to refrain from acting on behalf of the Organization without the authorization of the competent body of the Organization,
d)    be disciplined and follow and observe the Charter of the Organization and decisions of its governing bodies.
3.9    The Organization associate member uses all the rights of the member of the Organization except those defined in point 3.7 (a) of this Charter, and bears all the duties of the member of the Organization. Affiliation and registration of the Organization’s associate members, as well as encouragement and penalty are exercised in the same way as for the members of the Organization.
3.10     The Organization can have honorary members. The rank of honorary member is awarded by the decision of the Board of the Organization.
3.11     The members as well as the associate and honorary members of the Organization have no right of share in the property of the Organization.
3.12     The President of the Organization has the right to encouragement as well as to impose disciplinary punishment up to termination of membership in the Organization on member of the Organization for regular nonobservance of the charter. The order of encouragement and penalty is determined by the President.

4.    THE STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION

4.1    The governing bodies of the Organization are the General Assembly, the Board and the President.
4.2    The supervision of the Organization’s activity is carried out by the General Assembly of the Organization.
4.3    The governing bodies of the Organization are elected.
4.4    Individuals of over 18 years can become members of the Organization’s governing bodies.
4.5    The supreme body of the Organization is the General Assemble of its members, which owns the right of final decision on any matter concerning to the activity and\or governing of the Organization.
4.6    The General Assembly is held once in two years on the decision of the President.
4.7    A special session of the General Assembly can be held by the initiative and\or motivated decision of the Board of the Organization, or at the written request of at least one-third of the membership of the Organization, no later than in the course of fourteen days through the President of the Organization or directly by the President of the Organization. The special sessions of the General Assembly are held with the agenda of the convener.
4.8    The General Assembly of the Organization:
a)    confirms the Charter of the Organization, amends the Charter and makes changes to it, and/or confirms a new Charter,
b)    determines the number of the members of Board, elects the members of Board for a two years term, changes the members of Board, prematurely terminates the authority of the Board members,
c)    elects for a two years term the President, Vice President and Responsible Secretary of the Organization, who when appointed, constitute the part of the Board and act as the President, Vice President and Responsible Secretary of the Board, as well as prematurely terminates their authority,
d)    discusses and confirms the reports made by the Board, the President of the Organization, confirms the reports on the activities of the Organization and the use of its property,
e)    approves reorganization or dissolution of the Organization, confirms the transfer act of the Organization, or the separating balance, excepts the reorganization or dissolution according to court decision, Adoption of any decision on the items of agenda at the session of the General Assembly requires a majority affirmative vote of the members present, provided that more than one half of the eligible votes be present. Decisions on (a) and (e) require two/thirds affirmative votes. The General Assembly adopts other resolutions by the simple majority of votes of delegates participating at the General Assembly.
4.9    The Board of the Organization:
a)    is considered to be the governing body of the Organization in-between the General Assemblies,
b)    discusses and adopts decisions on any issue in respect of the Organization’s activities, except the issues that are within the competence of the General Assembly and the President of the Organization,
c)    prepares the General Assemblies of the Organization, determines the quota for the delegates of the General Assembly in accordance with the number of the members of the Organization, organizes the election of the delegates of the General Assembly at least thirty days before convening the General Assembly,
d)    confirms the three year strategic plan of the Organization’s activities, evaluates and monitors the process of implementation,
e)    makes decisions on establishing or dissolving separate subdivisions, representative offices, and branches, committees, sections, departments, clubs and working groups, Information means, approves their statutes as well as rules and regulations of their activities, which cannot contradict to this Charter, appoints and dismisses their heads, authorizes the heads of brunches, representative offices and units,
f)    makes decisions on establishing commercial companies or participating in them, appoints and dismisses their managers,
g)    makes decisions on establishing mass media, appoints and dismisses their managers,
h)    makes decisions on establishing funds, appoints and dismisses their managers,
i)    makes decisions on establishing unions of non-commercial legal entities and on membership to these unions, as well as on membership to international organizations.
4.10    The session of the Board may discuss questions and make decisions if at least two-third of the members are present on the basis of the simple majority vote. Participation of the President of the Board in the session is obligatory. The decisions adopted in his absence are invalid.
4.11     The regular sessions of the Board are held once every six months. A special session of the Board can be held by the written request of at least one-third of the members of the Board, through the President of the Organization or directly by the President of the Organization. The expanded sessions of the Board with participation heads as well as other members of different subdivisions of the Organization of may also be held.
4.12     The President of the Organization
a)    governs the activities of the Board and acts as the governing body of the Organization during the period between the sessions of the Board, exercises current financial activities of the Organization,
b)    provides the implementation of the decisions and recommendations adopted by the Board and the General Assembly, signs decisions, orders, commands and other necessary documents under the framework of his competence,
c)    confirms the staff list, wage rates and the rules and regulations of the staff of the Organization, which cannot contradict to this Charter,
d)    concludes contracts and dismisses the staff employs of the Organization as well as the individuals working on a contract base,
e)    reports to the General Assembly on the activities of the President and the Board of the Organization,
f)    adopts decisions on all the issues concerning to the activities of the Organization, except those that are within the competence of the General Assembly and the Board,
g)    the President of the Organization in conformity with his authority acts as an employer given power to attorney on behalf of the Organization, represents the interests, manages using its property and the funds (including the grant and membership funds), opens calculative, current and other accounts with banks, issues orders and instructions obligatory on the members and the staff of the Organization, gives power of attorney, holds negotiations, signs contracts and agreements, signs the documents adopted by the General Assembly and the Board,
h)    presides the sessions of the General Assembly and the Board, can authorize the presidency of the sessions of the General Assembly to another member of the Organization,
i)    convenes the regular and extraordinary sessions of the Board and General Assembly,
j)    within the framework of this Charter can transfer separate authorities, reserved for the President, to the Vice-president, Responsible Secretary and members of the Board,
k)    adopts decisions on purchasing, possessing, using, managing of any type or any amount of property, including alienation and abstraction,
l)    adopts decisions on affiliation and withdrawal from the membership of the Organization. Determines the amount the way of payment of membership and entrance fees, defines the order and conditions of carrying out membership registration, as well as the order of encouragement and penalty of the members of the Organization and on reducing or abolishing the one-year probation period,
m)    confirms the Organization’s annual work plan as well as the plan of the major activities, the projects (including grant projects) of the Organization and supervises the process of project implementation,
n)    defines the order of payment of the staff involved in managerial bodies of the Organization,
o)    exercises other authorities vested on him by the General Assembly and Board of the Organization.
4.13    The President of the Organization solves any problem, which is not regulated by this Charter and not concerning to the absolute competence of the supreme body by law and by this Charter that arises in the course of the activities of the Organization.
4.14     The President appoints an Executive Director of the Organization to organize everyday activities and operations of the Organization if necessary.
4.15     The Executive Director
a)    is appointed and dismissed by the President of the Organization,
b)    is accountable exceptionally to the President of the Organization,
c)    acts upon the written power of attorney or recommendation of the President of the Organization.
4.16    While appointing an Executive Director a work contract is signed between the President of the Organization and the Executive Director in compliance to the order established by the law (this provision acts if salary payment for the Executive Director is foreseen).
4.17     The Vice President of the Organization
a) exercises separate authorities imposed on him by the President of the Organization,
b) carries out the President’s duties when the President is absent being authorized by the President beforehand.
4.18     The Responsible Secretary of the Organization
a)    Keeps records of the sessions of the General Assembly and Board of the Organization,
b)    signs the records of the sessions of the General Assembly and the Board of the Organization,
c)    is in charge of the archive of the Organization,
d)    carries out separate authorities imposed on him/her by the President of the Organization.
4.19    The Organization has the following branches on the territory of the Republic of Armenia:
a)    Yerevan branch, address: city Yerevan,
b)    Aragatsotn regional branch, address: Aragatsotn region, town Ashtarak,
c)    Ararat regional branch, address: Ararat region, town Artashat,
d)    Armavir regional branch, address: Armavir region, town Armavir,
e)    Gegharkunik regional branch, address: Gegharkunik region, town Gavar,
f)    Kotayk regional branch, address: Kotayk region, town Hrazdan,
g)    Lori regional branch, address: Lori region, town Vanadzor,
h)    Shirak regional branch, address: Shirak region, town Gyumri,
i)    Syunik regional branch, address: Syunik region, town Kapan,
j)    Tavush regional branch, address: Tavush region, town Ijevan,
k)    Vayots Dzor regional branch, address: Vayots Dzor region, town Yeghegnadzor.

5. THE SOURCES OF PROPERTY OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE PROCEDURE OF UTILIZATION

5.1 The sources for forming the property of the Organization may be the entrance fees, membership dues, deposits, both financial and material, made by the members of the Organization; donations made by the citizens and organizations from RA and abroad; funds transferred to the Organization from its affiliates; other funds and sources unless prohibited by the laws of RA.
5.2 The Association, with the right of property ownership can own buildings, material sources, vehicles and other property unless prohibited by the laws of RA. The property and funds of the Association is used exclusively for the accomplishment the goals and objectives defined in the Charter of the Organization.
5.3 People involved in the governing bodies of the Organization may be paid by the Organization. The rate of payment is decided by the President of the Organization.

5.    REORGANIZATION AND LIQUIDATION OF THE ORGANIZATION

6.1. Reorganization and liquidation of the Organization is realized in accordance with RA legislation.
6.2. The Organization may be liquidated by the resolution of its General Assembly or through the decision of the court.
6.3. In case the Organization has taken the decision on liquidation, it has to inform the Ministry of Justice in accordance to the provisions provided by law, appoint a liquidation commission, and establish the procedure and time periods for liquidation.
6.4. In case of the liquidation of the Organization, the property of it remaining after satisfaction of the claims of creditors, the liquidation commission can decide to transfer it to its founders (participants) to use for implementation of Organization’s goals and objectives, unless otherwise provided by the Charter or other legal acts of the Organization. Should it be impossible, it is transferred to the state budget.
In case of arguments, the issue will be solved through the court.
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Adopted
by the resolution of the General Assembly of the Armenian Young Lawyers Association on
December 5, 2002
Registered
by the State Register of Legal Entities of RA, on 27.12. 2002
Registration N 211.171.01501, State registration N 03A0557970

    Armenian Young Lawyers Association is in Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN since 2014.

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