Official Journal of the Asian Bioethics Association (ABA) and IUBS Bioethics Program
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Asian Bioethics Association Constitution
This draft shall be approved before the ABC meeting in Seoul, so we would like comments from members. There will also be a change of officers of the ABA at the Seoul meeting, including President, so we would like to have nominations and voting preparation.
Please address your inquiries to the secretariat, below.
Article 1 (Name)
The name of this academic organization shall be the: Asian Bioethics Association. Hereafter referred to as the Association.
Article 2 (Definitions)
In interpreting this Constitution the following definitions shall be used: Bioethics is the interdisciplinary study of philosophical, ethical, social, legal, economic, medical, therapeutic, ethnological, religious, environmental, and other related issues arising from biological sciences and technologies, and their applications in human society and the biosphere. Asia is the regions, peoples, and cultures which constitute the geographically largest continent of the world.
Article 3 (Objectives)
The basic objective of the Association is to promote scientific research in bioethics in Asia through open and international exchanges of ideas among those working in bioethics in various fields of study and different regions of the world. In order to achieve this end the Association will encourage the following work and projects: (1) to organize and support international conferences in bioethics in Asia; (2) to assist the development and linkage of regional organizations for bioethics; (3) to encourage other academic and educational work or projects to accomplish their goals consistent with the objectives of the Association.
Article 4 (Membership)
4.1 Membership of the Association shall be open to any individuals and institutions sharing the objectives of the Association.
4.2 A member of the Association shall be in good standing. There will be a voluntary payment of annual dues. The Board of Directors may tentatively set the suggested annual dues at a different rate for members with different income.
4.3 Membership shall be valied unless and until they are rejected by the Board of Directors and/or by the majority vote of members.
Article 5 (the Board of Directors)
5.1 The Board of Directors shall be nominated from among the members of the Association.
5.2 Institutional or regional members may nominate delegate(s) for the Board, but the nominee, if elected, shall hold office in his or her own right, and not as a representative of the institution or the region.
5.3 The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than 21 members and no more than 3 members from any on nation state.
5.4 The Board of Directors may appoint, or authorize the President to appoint, additional officers, sub-committees, executive staffs to carry out specific tasks of the Association.
Article 6 (the Officers)
6.1 Officers of the Association shall be the President, up to 5 vice-presidents, General Secretary, and Treasurer. They are nominated and/or elected by members of the Association.
6.2 The Officers shall be responsible for the general management and the direction of business works of the Association. The President and/or Secretary shall have authority to execute, in the name of the Association, all authorized deeds, contracts, or other instruments.
6.3 The Vice-presidents shall provide secondary leadership for the Association, substituting for the President when needed.
6.4 The General Secretary shall keep, or arrange to have kept, a true record of the minutes of all meetings.
6.5 The Treasurer shall have custody of the Association's funds, keep full and accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements, and deposit all money in the name and to the credit of the Association in the depositories designated by the Board of Directors.
Article 7 (Amendment of the Constitution)
This Constitution may not be amended, replaced, or annulled except by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members in secret ballot.
Supplemetary Provbision 1
The principles of this Constitution were intially adopted at the Inaugural Meeting of the East Asian Association for Bioethics held in Beijing on the 5the of November, 1995, when the Officers of this Association and a few advisors from other parts of the world were also nominated. At the UNESCO Asian Bioethics Conference, 4 Nov, 1997, the Association was broadened to become the Asian Bioethics Association, and several further members were nominated. This initial Board of Directors shall be few years by an election ballot for a new Board of Directors of the Asian Bioethics Association. (This supplementary provision shall be abolished when a new Board of Directors are elected.)
Supplementary Provision 2
The business office of the Association was placed in the University Research Center, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, from 1998 to February, 2002. From February, 2002 the secretariat and office moved to: Prof. Darryl Macer
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba Science City 305-8572, JAPAN
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Jennifer Robertson, Ph.D.,
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Michigan
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Bioethics in medicine and genetics.
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