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Bylaws of Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies

Article I: General Principles

Section 1:

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).

Section 2:

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.

Section 3:

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

Section 4:

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.

Section 5:

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

Section 7:

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

Section 11:

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.

Section 12:

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.

Section 13:

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.


亞太博彩研究學會


章程


第一章


總則


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。


第二條——本會宗旨是為亞太地區博彩研究提供一個國際交流平台,通過學術研究、學術交流和學術出版等活動,促進博彩研究的進步。本會為非牟利團體。
第三條——本會的存續期為永久,會址設於澳門氹仔潮州街48-52號金利達花園地下澳門理工學院博彩教學暨研究中心,經理事會決議可隨時更改會址。


第二章


會員


第四條——凡從事博彩及相關領域的研究者,或在博彩業及相關部門工作者,或其他對博彩研究有興趣者,認可本會章程,均可申請成為會員。
第五條——入會申請的批准和會籍的註銷,均屬理事會的權力。


第六條——會員的權利和義務。
一、會員享有下列權利:
1. 享有選舉權及被選舉權;
2. 參與本會組織之各項活動;
3. 享受本會一切福利。
二、會員負有下列義務:
1. 遵守本會章程;
2. 按時繳納會費;
3. 不得作出有損本會聲譽之行為。
三、如有違反本會章程或不履行會員義務者,理事會有權根據內部規章對其進行暫停會員權利的紀律處分,情況嚴重者,可註銷其會籍。
第三章
組織
第七條——本會設會員大會、理事會及監事會,本會機構成員每屆任期為三年,可連選連任。
第八條——會員大會
一、會員大會是本會最高權力機構,由全體會員組成。會員大會設會長一人、副會長若干人,由會員大會選舉產生。正、副會長可出席理事會會議,並有發言權。
二、會員大會的職權為:
1. 修改本會章程;
2. 選舉本會機構成員;
3. 制定本會工作方針;
4. 審議年度會務報告及財務報告。
三、會員大會平常會議每年召開一次,由理事長召集。特別會議由理事會、監事會,或五分之三全體會員提議召開。大會之召集須最少提前八日以掛號信或透過簽收之方式而為之,召集書內應指出會議之日期、時間、地點及議程。
四、會員大會會議要至少半數會員出席才可舉行,若人數不足,半小時後召開第二次會議,無論出席人員多寡均可決議。修改章程之決議,須獲出席會員四分之三之贊同票;存續期之更改或解散法人之決議,須獲全體會員四分之三之贊同票;其他決議須獲出席會員半數以上贊同票。
第九條——理事會
一、理事會為本會執行機構,理事由會員大會選舉產生,人數必須為單數。理事會理事投票產生理事長一人、副理事長若干人,秘書長一人。理事長對外代表本會。
二、理事會的職權為:
1. 執行會員大會通過的決議;
2. 規劃及組織本會各項活動;
3. 負責本會日常事務;
4. 提交年度會務報告及財務報告;
5. 聘請有關人士擔任名譽職務;
6. 根據需要設立臨時或長期的下屬機構;
7. 制定內部規章。
三、理事會每半年至少召開一次會議。理事會會議須有過半數成員出席時,方可進行議決。會議之任何議案,須有出席者多數贊成方得通過。如表決時票數相等,則理事長或其代任者有權再投一票。每次開會須記錄,並通知會員。會員反饋由下次會議處理。
第十條——監事會
一、監事會成員由會員大會選舉產生,人數必須為單數。監事會成員投票產生監事長一人、副監事長若干人。
二、監事會的職權為:
1. 監察本會章程之執行及本會理事會之運作;
2. 查核本會之年度財務報告;
3. 就其監察活動編制年度報告。
三、監事會每年召開平常會議一次,監事長認為必要時或過半數成員提出請求時,則開特別會議。監事會會議須有過半數成員出席時,方可進行議決。會議之任何議案,須有出席者多數贊成方得通過。如表決時票數相等,則監事長或其代任者有權再投一票。
第四章
附則
第十一條——本會的經費來源包括會費、本會資產所衍生的收益、推行會務所得收入、團體或個人贊助及捐贈、政府資助以及其他合法收入。
第十二條——本會會員大會、理事會、監事會會議根據需要可採用視像會議或類似形式,接受電子郵件、電子簽名等方式簽收、投票。
第十三條——章程之解釋權屬會員大會;會員大會閉會期間,解釋權屬理事會。章程未盡事宜概依澳門現行法律執行。
說明:本章程刊登於《澳門特別行政區公報》,第二組,第19期第5259-5260頁,2011年5月11日