Since 1987 the Juridical Commission of AEGEE-Europe has been providing the whole Association with the most reliable sources of information as well as with internal legal consultancy. For all these years, the Commission has earned its place as the most important partner of the Comité Directeur and the Agora’s most trusted adviser.
- Assisting the Comité Directeur and the Agora
- Verifying the conformity of the Statutes of each AEGEE local with the model defined by AEGEE-Europe, as well as the application of these Statutes
- Verifying the signing of the Convention d’Adhésion
- Integrating the modifications of the Statutes adopted by the Agora
- Presenting a report during the Agora via its President
The JC is an entity which seeks to regulate the internal functioning of the association, within the same framework as provided by our Statutes (the CIA). For many special legal issues arising, AEGEE-Europe employs a Belgian lawyer. Following the normal course of matters, the CD would ask for a preliminary opinion from the JC on a particular issue in point, when it comes to just mere information, but actual legal counselling is sought from a lawyer practicing under the Belgian law. Besides working on the CIA, the JC also takes care that all procedures during statutory meetings are done according to the Statutes and therefore legally valid.
The Juridical Commission consists of three members: two AEGEE members with legal knowledge elected at the Agora, and one member appointed by the Comité Directeur out of the Commission’s members. These members are chosen at the Spring Agora and have a one year mandate. In order to become part of the JC, an AEGEE member with such interest should run for such a position during the Agora. However, there is also the possibility of becoming a subcommissioner of the Juridical Commission. The number of such positions depends on the JC and they are made available via open calls.
Taking note of the extensive work that the Juridical Commission needs to cover in a short period of time, with only three people involved, the idea is to have a selected number of law students, with different legal backgrounds, to aid in the process, while at the same time gaining insight of the work. This would be the most adequate preparation and acquaintance with the role and functions of the JC prior to any eventual involvement. In fact, depending on the issues on the agenda, the JC subommissioners would be dealing with a variety of tasks, ranging from monitoring Working Group Digital Elections to help in the electoral procedure, to counting ballot papers during an Agora, and to collecting data for the JC archive.