Bylaws of Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies
Article I: General Principles
The Chinese name of the Association is “亞太博彩研究學會”; the Portuguese name of the Association is Associação para os Estudos sobre o Jogo da Ásia Pacífico (abbreviated as AEJAP); the English name of the Association is Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS).
The Association is a non-profit organization.
The Association shall strive to achieve the following objectives:
- to provide a platform for international exchange of gambling studies in the Asia Pacific region;
- to promote the progress of the gambling studies by conducting academic research, exchange, publishing and other activities.
The Association is created for a permanent duration. The Association is located within the Gaming Teaching and Research Centre of Macao Polytechnic Institute. The address of the Association is Gaming Teaching and Research Centre, Macao Polytechnic Institute, King Light Garden G/F, Rua de Chiu Chau No. 48-52, Taipa, Macao, and it can be changed at any time upon the resolution of the Executive Board.
Article II: Membership
Any person who is engaged in the studies of gambling or related fields, or works in the Gaming Industry or related sectors, or is interested in gambling studies, is eligible for the membership of the Association as long as he/she agrees with the Bylaws of the Association.
The Executive Board has the authority to accept or terminate the membership.
Section 6: Rights and Responsibilities of Members
A. Members have the following rights:
- to vote and to be elected;
- to participate in all kinds of activities organized by the Association;
- to enjoy all the benefits of the Association.
B. Members have the following responsibilities:
- to comply with the Bylaws of the Association;
- to pay an annual membership fee on time;
- not to behave in any way that may undermine the reputation of the Association.
C. Any member who violates the Bylaws of the Association, or fails to fulfill the obligations shall be subject to disciplinary punishment of the suspension of membership, based on the internal regulations of the Association by the Executive Board; in a serious case, membership shall be terminated by the Executive Board.
Article III: Organizational Structure
The Association consists of the General Assembly, Executive Board and Supervisory Committee. The term of office for members of the bodies of the Association lasts three years and can be re-elected.
Section 8: General Assembly
A. The General Assembly shall be composed of all members of the Association, and shall exercise the highest authority of the Association. The General Assembly shall have one President and several Vice Presidents. They shall be elected by the General Assembly. The President and Vice Presidents may attend the meetings of the Executive Board and have the rights to speak.
B. The General Assembly has the following authorities:
- to amend the Bylaws of the Association ;
- to elect the members of the bodies of the Association;
- to formulate the working guidelines for the Association;
- to review the annual report and audit the financial report.
C. Convened by the Executive Board, the ordinary General Assembly meeting shall be held once a year. The special meeting shall be proposed by the Executive Board, the Supervisory Committee or three-fifths of the members of the General Assembly. Notice of the convening of the General Assembly shall be given at least eight days earlier either by a registered letter or a signature for proof of receipt before it is held. The notice shall specify the date, time, venue and agenda of the meeting.
D. In the circumstances when fewer than half of the members are present, the General Assembly is postponed for 30 minutes, then all the members present shall be considered to satisfy quorum and entitled to resolution. Resolution to modify the Bylaws shall be approved by the votes of three-quarters of the members present. Resolution for change of the duration or dissolution of the legal body shall be approved by the votes of three-quarters of the members. Other resolutions shall be approved by the votes of over half of the members present.
Section 9: The Executive Board
A. The Executive Board is the executive body of the Association. Members of the Executive Board shall be elected by the General Assembly. The Executive Board shall consist of several members, and the number shall be an odd one. It shall be composed of one Director-General, several Deputy Directors-General and one Secretary-General, who shall be voted by the members of the Executive Board. The Director-General shall represent the Association for external affairs.
B. The Executive Board has the following authorities:
- to implement the resolutions approved by the General Assembly;
- to plan and organize all kinds of activities of the Association;
- to be responsible for the daily affairs of the Association;
- to submit an annual report and financial report;
- to invite suitable people to take up the honorary positions;
- to set up temporary or permanent subsidiary organization(s) as needed;
- to formulate internal regulations.
C. The Executive Board shall be held at least once every six months. Over half of the members of the Executive Board must attend the Executive Board meeting when any resolution shall be carried out. Any motions of the meeting shall be approved by a majority of the attendees. If the votes are equal, the Director-General or the acting Director-General shall be entitled to make one more vote. The minutes of each meeting shall be recorded, and the members shall be informed of them. The feedback from the members shall be handled at the next meeting.
Section 10: Supervisory Committee
A. The members of the Supervisory Committee shall be elected by the General Assembly, and the number of the Supervisory Committee shall be an odd one. It shall be composed of one Chief Supervisor and several Deputy Chief Supervisors; the Chief Supervisor and the Deputy Chief Supervisors shall be elected by the members of the Supervisory Committee.
B. The Supervisory Committee has the following authorities:
- to monitor the implementation of the bylaws of the Association as well as all kinds of operations of the Executive Board;
- to audit the annual financial report of the Association;
- to write an annual report on its monitoring activities.
C. The ordinary Supervisory Committee meeting shall be held once a year. The special meeting shall be held if the Chief Supervisor thinks it necessary, or over half of the members of the Supervisory Committee make a request. Over half of the members must attend the Supervisory Committee meeting when any resolution shall be carried out. Any motions of the meeting shall be approved by the votes of a majority of the attendees. If the votes are equal, the Chief Supervisor or the acting Chief Supervisor shall be entitled to make one more vote.
Article IV: Supplementary Principles
The sources of income of the Association shall include the membership fees, the benefits derived from the assets of the Association, the proceeds from the implementation of the Association, the sponsorship and donation from groups or individuals, government funding and other legitimate income.
The General Assembly, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Committee of the Association may use video conferencing or other similar ways and accept any e-mails or electronic signatures, etc. for votes or proof of receipt as needed.
The General Assembly shall have the rights for the interpretation of the Bylaws; during the closure of the General Assembly, the Executive Board shall have the rights for the interpretation of the Bylaws. Those issues which are not clarified by the Bylaws shall be settled in accordance with the current laws of Macao.
(In case of any discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions, the Chinese version shall prevail.)
Note: The Bylaws of the Association was published in Macao SAR Gazette, No. 19, Series II, p. p. 5259-5260, dated May 11, 2011.
第一條——本會中文名稱“亞太博彩研究學會”，葡文名稱“Associação para os Estudos sobre o Jogo da Ásia Pacífico”，葡文簡稱AEJAP，英文名稱“Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies”，英文簡稱APAGS，下稱本會。