Policy and Procedures

Extended Articles on Policies and Procedures


Groups of members organized to promote purposes identified in the Constitution Article II, Section 1, may be recognized as component units of the Association on such conditions as the Governing Council may fix. Sections organized to promote study and research on specific problems are among the units that may be recognized.

Sections may be established upon petition of 3.5 percent or more of ISA members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition will include a statement of purpose, organization, and activities. Sections may establish dues. The Executive Office will disburse funds to the activities of Sections.

All sections must have written by-laws filed with the Executive Office within two years of the establishment of the component unit. These by-laws must provide for democratic election of officers and must prohibit the same person from serving in an office for more than five consecutive years.

All sections will present yearly reports to the Governing Council that review their activities and budgets. These reports will be made available to the membership of the Association.

Any section that falls below one hundred members will be subject to review by the Executive Committee. In addition, any petition to the Executive Director by at least ten members of a component unit alleging impropriety in governance will trigger a review by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will report to the Governing Council, which will decide whether or not to re-charter the section.

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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