Ipra Structure

IPRA of Statutes - 2014

 IPRA Statute (2014)


  • • Art. 1 (Name) The name of the Association is the International Peace Research Association, hereafter called IPRA. It was established at a conference held in London on December 3, 1964. The association year is the calendar year.
  • • Art. 2 (Nature) IPRA is a voluntary non-profit association of researchers and educators cooperating for scientific purposes.
  • • Art. 3 (Purpose) The purpose of IPRA is to advance interdisciplinary research into the conditions of peace and the causes of war and other forms of violence. To this end IPRA shall undertake measures of world-wide cooperation designed to assist the advancement of peace research, and in particular:
  • • to promote national and international studies and teaching relating to the pursuit of world peace,
  • • to facilitate contacts between scholars and educators throughout the world,
  • • to encourage the international dissemination of results of research in the field and of information on significant development of peace research.
  • • Art. 4 (On Diversity) IPRA, as an organization, is fully committed to the principles of equity and diversity, based on geographical representations, genders, races, classes, sexual preferences, ages, religions, cultures, political perspectives, and areas of expertise in research, education, and action/advocacy. Such diversity should be reflected in the IPRA Council, the Executive Committee, the officers of the organization, the Regional Associations and Councils, the IPRA Commissions, and such other organs of IPRA that may be established in the future.
  • • Art. 5 (Activities)To achieve the purpose mentioned in Art. 3, IPRA will engage, as far as possible in close cooperation with UNESCO, in such activities as:
  • • the organization of international and interdisciplinary general and special conferences,
  • • assistance in the co-ordination of peace research in different countries, and the stimulation of international peace research, including the exchange of lecturers and research workers,
  • • the support of existing scientific journals devoted to peace research,
  • • the establishment of national and regional peace research institutes, councils and associations,
  • • the publication of scientific studies of an interdisciplinary character and the proceedings of IPRA conferences,
  • • directing the attention of scientists to aspects of peace research and peace education that might require further investigation.


  • • Art 6 (Members) IPRA shall be composed of three classes of members: individual scholars, scientific institutions and scientific associations, able to accept membership of the Association. IPRA may also have contribution members. Applications will be considered by the Executive Committee.
  • • Art 7 (The General Conference) As a general rule, General Conferences shall be held at least every second year. At the General Conference there shall be a scientific programme and an Administrative Meeting.
  • • Art 8 (The Administrative Conference of the General Conference) The Administrative Meeting shall hear and approve the report of activities and the financial report of the Secretary General and any other report the IPRA Council shall deem appropriate to submit to it. The Administrative Meeting shall elect the Secretary General, Secretary General-Elect and the IPRA Council. The term of the Council shall begin immediately and continue until the next Administrative Meeting. The term of the Secretary General shall begin as soon as practically possible after election. The Administrative Meeting of the General Conference shall determine the general policy of the Association. Any individual or corporate member, whose membership fees are not in arrears, shall have one vote. Representatives voting for corporate members or for individual members not present in the Administrative Meeting must bear credentials from the respective corporate and individual members.
  • • Art 9 (IPRA Council) The IPRA Council shall consist of elected and ex officio members. The Administrative Meeting elects 24 members by quota-election for a period of four years. Those who receive the most and second votes among the candidates in each quota of A-1) Africa/female, A-2) Africa/male, B-1) Asia-Pacific/female, B-2) Asia-Pacific/male, C-1) Europe/female, C-2) Europe/male, D-1) Latin America/female, D-2) Latin America/male, E-1) North America/female, E-2) North America/male shall be elected. Those who receive the most votes among the candidates in each quota of F-1) Middle East/female, F-2) Middle East/male, G-1) Russia and former socialist European countries/female, G-2) Russia and former socialist European countries/male shall be elected. 
  • Ex officio members are the Newsletter Editors, IPRA foundation President, heads of regional associations and Secretary General, and, during the first election period after the change in office of the latter, his or her immediate predecessor. In addition, one convener of each IPRA Commission will join the Council, as ex officio, non-voting members. The Administrative Meeting may decide to appoint other ex officio members. The Council shall advise the Executive Committee and the Secretary General in important questions.
  • • Art 10 (The Executive Committee) The Executive Committee shall consist of at least five members, elected by the Council from its members. The Executive Committee must be gender balanced and reflect regional representation. The Executive Committee shall determine the policy matters of IPRA between the General Conferences. It shall give general directions to the Secretary General, and assist him or her in their implementation. Special Conferences, dealing with specific topics, will be held on the decision of the Executive Committee. If a vacancy occurs on the Executive Committee between meetings of the General Conference, the Executive Committee shall fill the vacancy by co-option. The two secretaries general shall be Ex-officio members of the Executive Committee while the five other members are nominated by the Secretaries general based on regional and gender balance and should be endorsed by the Council .The five Executive Committee Members shall serve for not more than two terms just like the secretaries general. In order to ensure administrative continuity in IPRA the outgoing secretaries general should serve in the next IPRA Executive Committee for a period of two years which ends at the next IPRA conference 
  • • Art 11 (The Secretary General) The Secretary General shall be responsible for the conduct of day-to-day activities of IPRA. He or she will consult with the Executive Committee and keep the Council and the Secretary General-Elect informed. Because of the voluntary role of the Secretary General and the fact that it is such demanding on top of the holder’s main paid job, two secretaries-general are elected for four years period to conduct the day to day activities of IPRA, including organizing a general conference every two years. The secretaries general should normally be full faculty members and should agree between themselves who will host the first conference and where. The two shall submit proposals explaining the main theme of the conference and why they want to organize it in the host countries.  The IPRA Executive Committee will shortlist two or more proposals for the coming four years and submit for approval to the next IPRA General Conference Administrative meeting. To ensure gender and regional balance the two secretaries for every four year term should be female and male, and should come from two different regions.  The Executive committee will give priority to proposals from regions where IPRA conferences have not been held for a very long time. 
  • • Art. 12 (Regional Associations and Councils) Regional Peace Research Associations may be established or associated with IPRA by decision of an Administrative Meeting, and periodically reconfirmed. A Regional Peace Research Association may elect or appoint one or more conveners. These appointments will be subject to ratification by the IPRA Executive Committee, which may, in exceptional circumstances, veto the choice(s) made and appoint other(s) to the role of convener(s), instead.
  • • Art. 13 (IPRA Commissions) IPRA Commissions may be created and supported by decision of the Executive Committee, provided that their purposes and activities are compatible with the statute of IPRA, and periodically reconfirmed. A Commission may elect or appoint one or more conveners. These appointments will be subject to ratification by the IPRA Executive Committee, which may, in exceptional circumstances, veto the choice(s) made and appoint other(s) to the role of convener(s), instead. Commission Conveners are the key actors in organising peace research in IPRA. After every IPRA General Conference 60 days later they are required to give a detailed  report  of the activities of their commission, including potentially publishable papers,  to the Secretaries General. Any commission that cannot garner up to 10 (Ten) participants/presenters at any IPRA conference shall revert to the status of a “Caucus” for that conference and would only regain a “Commission” status in subsequent conferences if it meets this minimum criterion. Commissions should work in between IPRA conferences to consolidate their academic work. 
  • • Art. 14 (Nomination Committee) The Administrative Meeting may appoint a Nomination Committee to submit a slate of candidates for the offices of Secretary General and IPRA Council members at the next General Conference.
  • • Art. 15 (Nominations and Elections) Any member of IPRA may make a nomination for Secretary General, Secretary General-Elect or IPRA Council offices provided that it is made in writing and clearly states who makes the nomination, and that the nominee has agreed to be nominated. Nominations that are to be considered by the Nomination Committee have to be made more than 24 hours prior to the opening of the Administrative Meeting. Apart from its own proposals, the Nomination Committee shall prepare a list of nominations thus made. Anybody who has paid the individual membership fee and is duly nominated, is eligible for election to an IPRA office. If there are no more nominees than offices, the Administrative Meeting may decide to elect by acclamation. Otherwise, all elections take place by closed votes.
  • • Art. 16 (Finance) The financial resources of IPRA shall include:
  • • Annual dues to be contributed by the members, the amount of which shall be determined by the Administrative Meeting,
  • • subventions, grants and donations,
  • • proceeds from the sale of publications,
  • • fees for special services.


  • Art. 17 (Languages) The working languages of the Association shall be those of UNESCO. The application of this principle shall be determined by considerations of practicability and efficiency.
  • • Art. 18 (Publications and Statements) Decisions as to what publications are to appear under the auspices of IPRA, and what statements are to appear in the name of IPRA, shall be taken by the Administrative Meeting or the Executive Committee.
  • • Art 19 (Amendment) This Statute may be amended by a 2/3 majority of the members present and voting at the Administrative Meeting of a General Conference.
  • • Art 20 (Termination of membership) Membership may be terminated:
  • • by letter of resignation directed to the Secretary General,
  • by a vote of exclusion adopted by a Council for reasons of activity incompatible with the aims of the Association.
  • • Art 21 (Dissolution) The decision to dissolve the Association shall need a 2/3 majority of the members participating in the Administrative Meeting of a General Conference convoked for the purpose at least three months in advance.



At the 17th General Conference in Brisbane (1996) the Secretary General (Karlheinz Koppe) was mandated to formulate the following internal rules which have been in vogue for many years but until now have not been formulated in written form. The Secretary General submitted a text to the Council which gave its agreement so that these rules from now on are formally binding on all officers and members of IPRA (from the IPRA

Newsletter, vol. 35, no. 1, March 1997).

  • • All officers--including the members of the Nomination Committee--are elected for a term of two years until the next General Conference.
  • • They can be candidates only for a second term. Exceptions are possible if the diversity as fixed in Article 4 of the Statutes requires otherwise and the General Conference agrees.
  • •The Nomination Committee shall comprise representatives from the Regional Affiliates of IPRA.
  • • Individual applications for membership (Article 6 of the IPRA Statutes) can be considered by the Executive Committee only when seconded by two active members.
  • • Corporate members have two votes in the administrative meeting (according to the double amount of their membership fees).

Due to financial strains the working language of the Association is English, but all members shall have the right to express themselves in one of the working languages of UNESCO.

NB With the amendments to the statutes, adopted in the Calgary Conference, the first two points of the ‘internal rules’ not more valid, as the elections are for four year terms.

IPRA STATUTES (revised as of August 2014)

IPRA STATUTES (revised as of November 2012)

IPRA STATUTES (registered as of March 2008 in Belgium) in Dutch

IPRA STATUTES (revised as of September 2006) in English

IPRA STATUTES (revised as of September 2006) in French