Article 1 (Name)
The name of the society shall be International Society of Go Studies (ISGS).
Article 2 (Purpose)
ISGS aims to create an environment for international Go research by contributing to the academic establishment of Go through interdisciplinary research and application, promoting academic exchanges and friendship among members, and promoting academic exchanges with international scholars and related organizations.
Article 3 (Projects/Actitivites)
ISGS shall carry out the following projects/activities to achieve its objectives:
1. Academic research and investigation on the theory and practice of Go
2. Activities that help spread and teach Go
3. Collecting research data and exchanging research achievements on Go Studies
4. Hosting academic research presentations and lectures
5. Publishing and distributing academic journals and other publications
6. Exchange with research institutes, academic societies, and industries
7. Other projects to achieve the objectives of ISGS
Article 4 (Official Headquarter)
The official headquater of ISGS is located in the country of nationality of the President, and branches may be established if necessary.
Article 5 (Membership Qualification and Classification)
Members shall fall under the following qualifications and conditions. Each member is enlisted and classified as such member in favor of the purpose and activities of ISGS.
1. General Members
A. A person engaged in administrative affairs or research related to Go studies at a university, an educational institution equivalent thereto, other public or private institutions, and research institutes
B. Among general members, a person who has paid the prescribed lifetime membership fee, determined by the Board of Directors, shall be a lifelong member
2. Associate Members
A person who graduated with a degree in Go from university, or is currently enrolled as a Go studies major or a related major at graduate school.
3. Institutional Members
Corporations, organizations, and institutions that have joined in favor of the purpose of ISGS
4. Special Members
A. A person who is actively engaged in Go-related activities and research in related fields
B. Individuals and institutions that contribute greatly to the activities of ISGS
C. A person recognized by the Board of Directors as necessary for the development of ISGS
Article 6 (Acquisition of Membership Qualifications)
Members of ISGS acquire membership qualifications through the following procedure.
1. A person who wishes to become a member becomes a member by submitting a membership application in accordance with the prescribed form, completing the approval process, and paying a membership fee.
2. Group members and special members must be approved by the Board of Directors on the recommendation of the president or director.
Article 7 (Rights and Duties of Members)
General members, associate members, group members, and special members may participate in the activities of ISGS as set out in the following subparagraphs. However, this is not the case when the member's obligations, such as payment of membership fees, are not fulfilled.
1. All members may attend general meetings and participate in discussions, and may participate in projects hosted by ISGS, such as regular academic presentations and research publications.
2. Only general members have the right to vote, the right to be elected, and the right to vote at the General Assembly. However, this is not the case when the general membership is acquired in the current year.
3. All members are obliged to pay the prescribed dues.
Article 8 (Withdrawal of Membership and Loss of Qualification)
A member of ISGS loses membership in the following cases.
1. In the event that a member dies or reports withdrawal through prescribed procedures.
2. In case membership fee is not paid three times.
Article 9 (Expulsion of Members)
Any person who has acted against the purpose of ISGS or has damaged its reputation may be suspended or expelled by a resolution of the Board of Directors.
Article 10 (Executives)
ISGS shall have one President, two or less Vice-Presidents, and no more than 20 directors and one auditor. In addition, honarary advisors may be appointed.
Article 11 (Duties and Term of the Executive)
All executive officers may be reappointed, and even after the term of office expires, they shall perform their duties until their successor is elected.
1. Honorary Advisors
The Honorary Advisors shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors at the recommendation of the members.
A. The President represents ISGS, oversees its business, and becomes the Chairperson of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors, etc.
B. The President shall be elected with approval from the General Assembly at the recommendation of the Board of Directors, and the term of office shall be two years.
C. In the event of the President's absence, the Vice-President appointed by the President shall act on behalf of the President.
A. The Vice-Presidents shall be appointed by the President at the recommendation of members, and the term of office shall be two years.
B. The Vice-Presidents shall assist the President. In the event of the President's absence, the Vice-President appointed by the President shall act on behalf of the President.
C. The Vice-Presidents shall be members of the Board of Directors.
A. The Directors shall be appointed by the President at the recommendation of members, and the term of office shall be two years.
B. The Directors assist the President and the Vice-President, attend the Board of Directors, and decide on matters concerning the affairs of ISGS. The Directors also handle matters delegated by the President and the Board of Directors.
A. The Auditor shall be elected with approval from the general meeting at the recommendation of the Board of Directors, and the term of office shall be two years.
B. The Auditor shall conduct an audit of the business and accounting of the plenary session and report the results at the general meeting.
Article 12 (Composition and Functions of the General Assembly)
The General Assembly consists of members and shall resolve the following matters.
1. Appointment of the President and the Auditor
2. Amendment of the articles of this Constitution
3. Approving business plans and budgets
4. Approval of business report and settlement of accounts
5. Other important matters
Article 13 (Convocation of General Assembly)
1. A general assembly shall be convened either by holding a regular general assembly or by holding an extraordinary general assembly.
2. In principle, a regular general assembly shall be convened once a year, but it shall be held during an academic conference.
3. An extraordinary general assembly shall be convened by the President or their acting representative when the President deems it necessary or at the request of more than 1/3 of the quorum of directors.
4. The date and purpose of the general assembly shall be announced to all the members no later than two weeks before the date of the meeting.
5. The general assembly can only decide on the matters notified in clause 4.
Article 14 (Quorum of General Assembly)
1. To be a valid, at a general assembly meeting, there should be the attendance of at least one-fifth of the registered members, and a resolution shall be made with the consent of a majority of the number of attendees. However, in case of a tie, the Chairperson shall decide.
2. However, the amendment of the articles of the constitution shall be resolved with the consent of a majority of the number of attendees.
Article 15 (Composition and Functions of the Board of Directors)
The Board of Directors consists of the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Directors and the Auditor, and resolves the following matters.
1. Matters concerning the approval of the business plan and the budget
2. Matters concerning the enactment and revision of various regulations
3. Matters concerning the establishment and dissolution of the committees
4. Matters concerning the approval of special members
5. Matters concerning commendation, rewards, and discipline (expelling) of members
6. Matters concerning membership and withdrawal of international academic organizations
7. Delegated matters at the General Assembly
8. Matters related to other business execution
Article 16 (Convocation of Board of Directors)
1. The Board of Directors may convene at any time if the President deems it necessary.
2. When convening a Board of Directors’ meeting, the agenda must be specified and notified to each director two weeks in advance.
Article 17 (Board Quorum)
1. The meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held with the presence of a majority of the current directors.
2. The resolution of the Board of Directors shall be made by a majority vote of the directors present, but in case of a tie, the chairperson decides.
Article 18 (Committees)
1. Separate committees such as the Editing Committee, Academic Committee, Policy Committee, Education Committee, International Cooperation Committee, Organizing Committee, etc. may be established if necessary.
2. Each committee chairperson is appointed by the President from among the Directors, and the term of office is two years.
3. The regulations of each committee are determined separately.
Article 19 (Secretariat)
1. The Secretariat is composed of the Secretary General and Secretary.
2. The Secretariat provides practical support for the activities of the Executives. Matters concerning the remuneration and working conditions of the Secretary General and the Secretary follow the decisions by the Board of Directors.
Article 20 (Academic Research Presentation and Journal Publication)
Section 1. Academic Conference
As a rule, academic research presentations should be held at least once a year.
Section 2. Academic journal publication.
The journal is published at least once a year. The work related to the publication of the journal is organized and followed by the journal editorial committee.
Article 21 (Other Activities)
ISGS may conduct projects that fall under each of the following subparagraphs.
1. Activities related to publication
2. Holding a joint research and discussion meeting for industry-academia cooperation
3. Holding irregular research presentations and lectures
4. Academic exchange projects with overseas related institutions, etc.
5. Research service business
6. Other projects that meet the purpose of ISGS
Article 22 (Income)
The income of ISGS consists of member dues, contributions, donations, and other income.
Article 23 (Membership Fees)
Membership fees are determined by the Board of Directors.
Article 24 (Fiscal Year)
The fiscal year of ISGS shall be from January 1st to December 31st of each year.
Article 25 (Accounting Report)
The President has the authority to execute accounting matters, and at the end of the fiscal year, a statement of accounts must be prepared and submitted to the Auditor, who must report it to the General Assembly for approval.
Article 26 (Dissolution)
When intending to dissolve ISGS, a resolution shall be made with the approval of at least 2/3 of the general meeting. The remaining property shall be contributed to another organization with a similar purpose to ISGS.
Article 27 (Amendments to this Constitution)
These Articles of Incorporation may be amended through a resolution of the general meeting.
Article 28 (Supplements)
Details necessary for this Constitution shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Article 29 (Application of the Civil Act, etc.)
Matters not specified in this Constitution shall be governed by the Civil Act and other related laws and regulations.
Article 1 This Constitution shall come into effect as of the date of passage at the General Assembly.