And with an unlimited number of persons who accept these statutes, it has been established a non-profit association governed by these statutes and by the Non-Profit Association Act from the 21 st April 1928.
Article 1 – Denomination and legal office:
The Association is entitled « Union des Avocats Européens» (U.A.E).
Its legal office is based at 31, Grand-Rue, Luxembourg (2012).
The legal office of the Association can be moved by a decision of the Bureau as ratified by the Executive Committee.
Since January 2015, the legal office is in STEINFORT (Grand Duché de Luxembourg) – 9A, Cité Mont-Rose – L-8445 Steinfort.
Article 2 – Object:
The object of the Association is to bring together Lawyers who are members of a Bar in the European Community, with a view to achieving common action for :
The promotion of professional practice within the Community, the teaching and continuous formation, the Right of Establishment and the Free Movement of Services.
The promotion of the harmonisation of the legal statute, professional and deontological practices of the Lawyers in the European Community in order to reach an integrated conception of the profession of Lawyer on the territory of the pre named Community.
The promotion of the practice of E.C Law and the practice of the Law derived from the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Article 3 – Categories of Members:
The signatories of these statutes are the Founding Members of the Association.
Any member of a Bar in a member state of the European Union can be an active member of the Association.
Any Bar, within or outside the European Union, as well as any member of a Bar in a State that is not a member of the European Union, may be an observer member. Observer members do not have voting rights at the General Assembly, and cannot be elected to the managing bodies of the Association (the Executive Committee or the Bureau), nor chair a Commission.
Article 4 – Administration:
The activities of the Association are exercised through the following organs :
The General Assembly : this is the supreme body of the Association.
The administrative council which is named the Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly and has the responsibility to carry out and, if necessary, interpret the decisions of the General Assembly.
Article 5 – General Assembly:
The General Assembly is composed of the entire founding members and of the other active members who are up to date with their subscription fees.
It sovereignty takes the decisions related to the general activities, the aims and trends of the Association.
It elects the Executive Committee.
It is convened by the Executive Committee once each year.
It can be extraordinarily convened as many times as the interest of the Association requires it.
The individual convocations made one month in advance by the Executive Committee must be followed up by the questions of the day determined by it.
Article 6 – Executive Committee:
The Association is administered by a Council of Administration, named the Executive Committee, which is made up :
of the past presidents on the one hand, entitled members designated as Honorary Presidents
of 27 active elected members, on the other hand,
Only members of the Executive Committee who are member of the Association for more than six months have the right of vote within the Executive Committee.
Only founding members and those who have been members for more than six months and are up to date with their subscription fees can be elected to the Executive Committee.
The Members of the Executive Committee are elected for 3 years by the General Assembly. The acceptance of the appointment means the personal attendance to the running of the Association.
The members of the Executive Committee, whose appointment has expired, cannot candidate themselves again if they have not attended to three consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee may create one or more Scientific Commissions made up of a President, a Secretary and active and associate members.
Each Commission must meet up twice a year, principally during the Annual Congress and during the General Assembly.
The Executive Committee may also create one or more regional or interregional according to the same modalities.
Each Delegations must meet up at least four times a year.
Article 7 – Management:
Within its own members, the Executive Committee designates a bureau made up of a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary-general, an assistant-secretary and a treasurer.
Only members who joined the Association for more than 6 months are eligible to be members of the Bureau.
The Bureau will be elected for 2 years.
The out-going President is automatically member of the Bureau for one year after the end of his mandate.
Each year that follows the election of the President by the Executive Committee, it will be proceeded to the election of a First Vice-President who shall be automatically appointed President at the General Assembly of the following year.
Through its Bureau, the Executive Committee presents, an annual report on its activities. The Executive Committee is responsible for dealing with any problem of the association.
The President represents the Association and directs its works. The President presides over the discussions of the Executive Committee. In case of prevention the President is replaced by one of the vice-presidents or, if this is impossible, by the oldest member of the Committee.
The Secretary and the assistant-secretary are responsible for the drafting of the Association’s documents and of the minutes of the meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.
The Treasurer is in charge of the collection of subscriptions, the supervision of the membership lists and the keeping of the books of the Association. The Treasurer pays the expenses of the Association which have been previously approved by the President or the Secretary.
At the end of each financial year, the Treasurer presents the financial report to the Executive Committee and for the first time the 31st December 1987.
The maximum subscription fee is fixed at € 1 000.
A Committee of wise persons composed of Honorary Presidents. The Committee is especially in charge to provide the Executive Committee with a report on every grave violation of the By-Laws reported to it as well as every behaviour which, directly or indirectly, may harm the Association. The Committee has full powers to act in every circumstance.
Article 8 – Discussions and voting:
Each active member who is up to date with his subscription fees and who is a Member of the Association for at least 6 months has a right of vote. No member can be the holder of more than two individual proxies, the validity of which will be sovereignty appreciated by the Bureau of the Executive Committee.
For any deliberation at the General Assembly or at the Executive Committee, the voting proceedings will be by the simple majority of all those present or represented.
Article 9 – Modification of statutes
The modifications of these statutes are made in conformity with the statutory provisions that are in force.
Article 10 – Dissolution of the Association:
The dissolution of the Association is pronounced by the General Assembly convened for that purpose in conformity with these statutes.
At the dissolution of the Association, its assets and other properties will be donated to an Association with European aims.
The European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.)
The European Lawyers’ Union was founded in Luxembourg in 1986 by a group of leading practitioners as a non-profit association devoted to promoting the practice of law within the European Union, the harmonization of the statute and professional and ethical practices of European lawyers, as well as to advancing the practice of E.U. law and of the law derived from the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.