The General Assembly (GA) in London in June 2009 adopted new Bylaws for the organization. The need for revision of some parts of the IHEU Bylaws had been apparent for some time, and at the GA in 2007 it was decided to prepare a major revision in time for the GA in 2009. It was also decided to implement a new three-layer Bylaws structure. At the top level are the Bylaws, the basic regulations on what the IHEU is. They are supposed to be changed only on rare occasions. At the second level are the Internal Rules, a document that the GA may have to change from time to time. At the third level are the Specific Rules documents, and those are maintained by the EC.
One of the goals of the Bylaws revision was to give national Member Organizations from developing countries more influence at the General Assembly. Additionally, many other changes were called for, and the new Bylaws and Internal Rules are in many ways different from the previous ones. However, most of these changes are updates of a kind that is necessary to bring the Bylaws and Internal Rules in line with current IHEU practice, with English law and with good business practice.
The major changes were:
Some of the third level documents had been in existence for some time, and a few will be developed during 2009. Here is the list of those documents:
The new Bylaws and Internal Rules were adopted unanimously.
The GA also adopted the following transitional arrangements:
The new Bylaws and Internal Rules are available on this web site. The current Specific Rules documents can be sent from the IHEU office on request, and will be available here later.