IAAP Constitution : 2004

Amendments approved by the

Meeting of Delegates, Barcelona, September 1, 2004.



Ratified by the Delegates at their Meetings of August 31, 1962 and August 22, 2001.

Amendments approved by the Meeting of Delegates of September 1, 1971; September 6, 1977; March 22, 1983; August 26, 1992; August 23, 1995; August 26, 1998; August 22, 2001; and September 1, 2004.

Art. 1

Name and Domicile

Analytical Psychology is the name applied to the psychology which originated in the work of Professor C.G. Jung of Zurich.

The International Association for Analytical Psychology has been established in accordance with Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code and is domiciled in Zurich.

Art. 2

Aims of the Association

The Association is an international organization of those engaged in the practice of Analytical Psychology. Its aims are:

1. To promote the study of Analytical Psychology;
2. To disseminate knowledge of Analytical Psychology;
3. To require the maintenance of high standards of training, practice, and ethical conduct;
4. To hold Congresses.

The Association shall pursue these aims with due regard to the autonomous status and professional interests of its component groups and individual members.

Constituent Societies of the IAAP are to follow a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, and sexual orientation. This includes activities of IAAP professional groups, such as membership in a professional society, training programs, and events for the public at large, sponsored by the various Societies.

Art. 3


There are three types of members:


1. Group Membership:
A group member is a Society of Analysts which has been elected as a body to membership of IAAP. By virtue of its election all its members, both present and future, who are professionally and analytically qualified, become members of Members of the International Association.

2. Individual Membership:
An individual member is an analyst who has been elected to membership without being a member of a group. Individual membership will be restricted to places where there are not enough analysts to form a group, and only in exceptional circumstances may it be granted to other conditions.

3. Honorary Membership:

Election to membership shall depend upon a two-thirds majority in the Meeting of Delegates.

The Executive Committee has the right to give provisional recognition (not membership) to a group or individual. Such recognition carries with it the right to attend Congresses, after payment of Congress fees, but not to attend business meetings. The application must be voted upon at the next Meeting of Delegates.

B. Developing Group Status

The Executive Committee has the right to formally designate "Developing Groups" (not a formal membership status). "Developing Groups" are associations of people in large areas or countries in which there is no existing IAAP society. The individuals comprising such groups are students of analytical psychology, working primarily and professionally as therapists, physicians, educators or in other relevant professions. Belonging to a "Developing Group" does not imply membership status in the IAAP.

Art. 4

Privileges and Obligations of Members

Members are entitled to attend all meetings of the Association (other than Committee meetings) and to address such meetings, but they may not have the right to vote.

Members are entitled to attend all meetings of the Association (other than business meetings) of any other group.

Members are entitled to receive the publication of the Association.

Members are obliged to pay an annual subscription, the amount of which shall be determined by the Meeting of Delegates.

Art. 5

Membership Expiration

1. Upon dissolution of a group;
2. Upon death of a member; or
3. Upon resignation which shall take effect at the end of the current year and must be tendered at least 8 weeks before that date.

A proposal to terminate the membership of a Group or of an Individual Member (but not of a particular member of a group) may be made by the Executive Committee or by members of two or more Groups. The Secretary must be informed of the proposal at least three months before the meeting, and he or she shall notify all Delegates forthwith. A two-thirds majority in the Meeting of Delegates shall be necessary for the termination of membership, and the Association shall not be obliged to give a reason for its decision.

The Executive Committee shall have the right to suspend a Group or an Individual Member and to have membership terminated or not, as the case may be, by the subsequent Meeting of Delegates.

Art. 6


Congresses shall, if possible, be held at regular intervals of not more than three years. The Meeting of Delegates shall decide the time and place of the Congresses. Where possible, a Group shall be asked to become the inviting body responsible for practical arrangements. The program shall be arranged by the Executive Committee. The President shall open the Congress and shall, if possible, represent the Association at official functions associated with it.

The costs of organizing International Congresses are to be paid by the IAAP; any surplus remaining after all expenses are paid will go to the IAAP, and any losses incurred with respect to a Congress will be covered by the IAAP.

The Meeting of Delegates shall administer the affairs of the Association. The President, or, in his or her absence, the President-Elect, or a Vice-President, according to the will of the President, or, in case of the indisposition of the President, secondarily that of the Executive Committee, shall conduct the meeting. Should it prove absolutely impossible for a President to carry out the duties of office, the President-Elect assumes responsibility for the duties of office until the next Meeting of Delegates. Should the President-Elect be unable to assume such duties, the Executive Committee shall choose one of the Vice-Presidents to serve as President for the remainder of the term of office.

Art. 7

The Meeting of Delegates

The Meeting of Delegates shall administer the affairs of the Association. The President shall conduct the meeting; in the absence of the President, a replacement shall be made as designated in Art. 6, Para. 3, above.

The Ordinary Meeting of Delegates shall take place at the time of the Congress. Extraordinary meetings may be called at any time by the Executive Committee and shall be called by the Executive Committee (the Delegates being notified within four weeks) when at least one-fifth of all Delegates and representing at least two Groups demand it and specify an Agenda. Notice of
any meeting must be sent out by the Executive Committee at least 3 months beforehand.

Groups shall be represented in accordance with the following formula:

One delegate for up to ten members who hold their voting rights in the IAAP via the Group Member in question; two delegates up to 20 members, and so on.

One group shall not represent more than 25% of all votes in the meeting.

Individual Members should be treated as one group, and they should among themselves elect delegates to represent them in the same ratio as stated for other groups.

Decisions shall be reached by a simple majority, unless otherwise stated. Voting may be carried out by show of hands, by secret ballot or postal vote. The President shall have only a casting vote unless he or she is also a delegate.

A quorum shall consist of two-thirds of all the Delegates present in person or by proxy. Representation by proxy is allowed.

The number of Delegates is determined by the number of members registered on the 1st January of the year in which the Meeting of Delegates takes place. The notification of the names of the Delegates, with proxies, has to be filed in writing, undersigned by the President of the Group Member, to the chairperson of the Meeting of Delegates, one month before the meeting. Changes to this list can be made till the day before the Meeting of Delegates takes place, provided that notification is given to the chairperson of the Meeting of Delegates. If, due to exceptional circumstances, less than the full complement of Delegates for a Group Member is able to attend the Meeting of Delegates, a Delegate can represent several Delegates’ votes, if sh/he produces a power of attorney in writing, undersigned by the President of the Group Member. A proxy vote can only be held by a Delegate from within the membership of the same Group Member.

The President shall present a report on the activities of the Association during his or her term of office.

The Meeting shall elect a new President, a President-elect and two Vice-Presidents to hold office as from the termination of the Meeting or of the Congress, whichever is the later.

Selection of the President and officers is by election, as designated in Art. 8, below.

The Meeting shall elect the Executive Committee (see Art. 8).

The Meeting shall elect a Treasurer who need not to be a member of the Association. The Treasurer shall attend Meetings of Delegates or of the Executive Committee by request but without vote.

The Meeting shall decide the time and place of the next Congress and shall deal with any other business it thinks fit.

Art. 8

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall be determined by the Meeting of Delegates and shall hold office until the next regular Meeting of Delegates. It shall consist of:

1. The President, who shall be Chairperson;
2. The President-Elect;
3. The Honorary Secretary (selected by the President);
4. Two (2) Vice-Presidents;
5. Representatives of the nine (9) Societies chosen by the Delegates.

The Officers named above (President, President-Elect, Vice-Presidents and Honorary Secretary) are considered to be representatives of their respective societies, which therefore cannot be placed on the list of Societies eligible for election to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consists of 14 members.


a) Every member of the IAAP is eligible for office at all times. Candidates must introduce themselves to the Delegates before the election. This may be accomplished through mailings or posters that are displayed during the Congress.
b) President:
The President-Elect becomes President by ratification at the Meeting of the Delegates, and upon declaring his or her acceptance of the responsibilities of office. The office of President consists of a one-time-only term of three (3) years.
c) The President-Elect:
Any candidate from the membership nominated for this office is eligible for election. The term of office is three (3) years. In order to become President, the President-elect has to be ratified by a simple majority. If--for whatever reasons-- the President-Elect cannot, or does not wish to, assume the office of President, then a new President is to be chosen by the Delegates' Meeting in a special vote from among the Vice-Presidents.
d) Vice-President:
Two equally-ranked Vice-Presidents are to be elected to three-(3) year terms. An individual may occupy a Vice-Presidency for at most two (2) non-consecutive terms of office.
e) Duties:
The President assigns responsibilities to the members of the Executive Committee. Should the President temporarily be hindered in the fulfillment of presidential duties, particularly in the chairing of the Meeting of the Delegates, then the President Elect shall represent the President during this time; should this not be possible, then the Executive Committee shall choose a replacement from among the Vice-Presidents.

Conditions of Election - Eligibility for Societies:

The Delegates choose Societies, and they, in turn, choose which persons (Delegates)are to represent their Societies on the Executive Committee. The totality of the Individual Members is considered a Society. Every Society not otherwise represented by one of the elected Officers is eligible for a term of three (3) years in the Executive Committee, and subsequently for a second term of three (3) years. If a Society has been represented for two consecutive terms of office--or six (6) years--on the Executive Committee, then the name of this Society shall be removed from the list of Societies eligible for election for the ensuing three (3) years.

Election Procedure:

First, the new President is determined (ref. Art. 8, Para. 3, Sects. b and c), and then the members of the Executive Committee, in the following order:

1. President-Elect;
2. The two Vice-Presidents;
3. Naming of the Honorary Secretary;
4. Naming of the Societies eligible for election to the Executive Committee;
5. Election of Societies to the Executive Committee, according to Art. 8, Para. 4.

The specificities of the election itself are determined by the President (or designated replacement).

The Executive Committee may elect from its members a Committee of Inquiry consisting of one or more members. This Committee is authorized to intervene in the case of differences or difficulties between Groups or between Societies and particular members. A request for inquiry may also be initiated by any Society of the IAAP.

Art. 9

The Council of Societies

1. Membership:
The Council consists of one representative from each Society of the IAAP and an elected representative of the Individual Members. Each Society is free to decide whether they wish to send their chairperson or another representative to the Council.

2. Council Meetings:
The Meeting of the Council of Societies is convened by the President of the IAAP. It takes place at each international Congress (every three (3) years, it is convened by the President, and members of the Executive Committee will participate.

3. Functions:
The functions of the representatives of Societies are as follows:

• To be informed, to discuss and disseminate information about pending business on the Agenda for the Meeting of Delegates so that they might prepare their delegates with regard to matters that are to be voted upon. The Presidents of the IAAP and members of the Executive Committee participate in the Meeting of the Council of Societies and present and discuss issues from the agenda of the pending Meeting of Delegates with the representatives of the Societies.
• To discuss matters of interest to the Societies.
• To recommend to the Executive Committee other topics for future consideration.

Art. 10


1. In accordance with the aim of the Association as set out in art. 2.3, there shall be established an Ethics Committee consisting of not less than five and not more than nine members, the exact number to be determined by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee. Such members shall be analyst members of the Group Members or Individual Members of the Association who are not Officers or members of the Executive Committee.

2. The Chair and members of the Ethics Committee shall be nominated by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee, which shall make the final approval. The Ethics Committee shall elect an Honorary Secretary from amongst its members. The term of office of the ordinary members of the Ethics Committee will be three years, renewable twice for a further three years with the agreement of the Executive Committee. Where the Chair of the Ethics Committee has already served as an ordinary member for two terms of three years, the term can be extended to include a further two terms of three years as Chair.

3. The Executive Committee and the Delegates approve:

a) “Code of Ethics for IAAP Individual Members;”
b) “Guidelines for Minimal Standards in Codes of Ethics for Member Groups of the IAAP;”
c) “The Responsibilities and Procedures of the Ethics Committee of the IAAP.”

4. The Ethics Committee shall have as its main functions to:

a) maintain and periodically revise the documents to be approved by the Executive Committee and the Delegates entitled “The Responsibilities and Procedures of the Ethics Committee of the IAAP” and “Guidelines for Minimal Standards in Codes of Ethics for the Member Groups of the IAAP;”
b) receive complaints as defined in these documents;
c) act as a resource for Individual Members, Groups Members, analysts members of Group Members, and Developing Groups of the IAAP on ethical matters.

5. The Group Members of the IAAP are required to have a Code of Ethics which meets the standards contained in the "Guidelines for Minimal Standards in Codes of Ethics for Member Groups of the IAAP" and shall judge all cases of ethics of their members according to their own Code of Ethics. In cases of groups accepted as Group Member prior to the approval of this article and which do not yet have a Code of Ethics of their own or whose Code of Ethics does not include at least the same standards as “Guidelines for Minimal Standards and Procedures for Member Groups of the IAAP,” the Group Member shall judge ethics cases involving their members by direct application of “Guidelines for Minimal Standards and Procedures for Member Groups of the IAAP.” This is particularly applicable in relation to the regulations concerning notification of decisions made in ethics

Individual Members of the IAAP shall be judged according to the “Code of Ethics for IAAP Individual Members.”

Art. 11


The liability of the Association shall not exceed its actual funds and no member shall be liable for debts or obligations incurred by the Association.

Art. 12

Membership Fees

The Group Members owe the IAAP the agreed membership dues per person multiplied by the number of analysts belonging to and holding their voting rights in the Group Member as per January 1st of the membership year. In the case of Individual Members, fees shall be payable directly to the Treasurer of the Association. In the event of payment of membership dues after July 1st of the membership year, a late payment of Sfrs. 20 per person will be payable.

Members who have not paid their respective fees after one year will have to be regarded as having resigned. After payment of all the fees due, they can be re-accepted as members.

Congress fees shall be settled by the Executive Committee after consultation with the Congress Committee.

Art. 13

The official languages of the Association are English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Only the Constitution and By Laws in English and German are binding; in cases of doubt the English version prevails.

Art. 14

Changes in the Constitution

Changes in the Constitution or in the by-laws can be made only by the Meeting of Delegates, a two-thirds majority of those present being necessary.

Changes to the Constitution may be proposed by any Group Member, Delegate or by the Executive Committee and such proposals must be notified to the President at least nine months prior to the date of the Delegates Meeting. The President must inform the Delegates Meeting of any such proposals by placing them on the Agenda.

Art. 15

Dissolution of the Association

A resolution to dissolve the Association can be adopted either at the Meeting of Delegates or by postal vote. With this resolution the question of disposition of the funds of the Association has to be settled. If a Meeting convened to consider such a resolution does not have a quorum, then the question shall be submitted by letter to all the Delegates, and the resolution shall be considered adopted by a three-fourths affirmative vote by mail.

Art. 16

Unless the present Constitution diverges from them, the regulations of the Swiss Civil Code, Art. 60 et seq. shall apply.

Art. 17

Transitional Procedures

1. The Revision of the Statutes from August 26, 1998 (Florence) is effective immediately upon ratification.

2. With regard to election of the President at the Meeting of Delegates in Florence in 1998, however, the President shall be elected under the rules of the previously valid Statutes from August, 1995.

3. With regard to the eligibility rules for Societies for representation in the Executive Committee, Art. 8, Para. 6, in deviation from the Statutes, the following shall apply for the next election (1998), subsequent to the present revision of the Statutes:

• To determine three (3) Societies previously represented in the Executive Committee that will not be eligible for reelection (i.e., that will be removed from the list of Societies eligible for election), three (3) Societies that have been represented in the Executive Committee since 1970 shall be
determined by a drawing of lots.