Internal Regulations of the Committees of the League of Arab States

(13 October 1951)

Article 1.

The functions of the Committees referred to in Article 2 of The Pact of the League shall be regulated in the following manner:

Article 2.

Each Member State of the League shall be represented in each Committee by one or more delegates. It shall have (only) one vote.

One and the same person may be charged with the representation of his State in more than one Committee.

The States shall notify the Secretary-General of the names of their delegates, and shall also specify the Committee or Committees in which (these delegates) represent them.

Article 3.

The delegates shall retain their representative character, each in the Committee to which he is appointed, unless replaced by their States.

Article 4.

The Secretariat-General shall assist the Committees in the performance of their work, in order to enable them to acquaint themselves with the subjects under discussion.

Article 5.

The Council shall appoint for each of the Committees referred to in the Pact, a chairman for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Should (the chairman) be absent, the Committee shall elect another to take his place during his absence. The Secretariat-General shall delegate one from among its employees to represent it in the Committees.

Article 6.

The Secretary-General shall delegate one of the employees of the Secretariat-General, specialized in the matters entrusted to each Committee, to act as Secretary thereto.

Article 7.

The Committees shall convene at the headquarters of the League. They may, with the approval of the Secretary-General, decide to meet in another of the League's countries, should the requirements of the work so demand.

Article 8.

Each Committee shall be convened by the Secretary-General. In fixing the dates of the meetings, (the Secretariat-General) shall pay due regard to the time needed for the reception of the summons and for the arrival of the members traveling from the farthest country to the headquarters of the League.

Article 9.

The quorum in each Committee shall be constituted by the attendance of the representatives of the majority of the States Members of the League.

The resolutions shall be passed by a majority of those present.

The meeting of the Committees shall be secret.

Article 10.

Two or more Committees may meet (jointly) for considering a given subject. The meeting shall be presided over by the senior chairman of the assembled committees. The quorum shall be constituted if the majority of delegates in each Committee attend the meeting.

The resolution shall be passed by a majority of those present.

Article 11.

Minutes shall be made of the meetings of the Committees, in which a summary of their deliberations and the full text of the resolutions passed by them shall be recorded.

Article 12.

The work of the Committees in matters assigned to them by the fact shall be of a preparatory nature, and shall be drawn up in a form of draft agreements to be submitted to the Council of the League. (The Committees) may also submit to the Council any recommendations or suggestions that may arise in the course of their discussions.

Article 13.

The principal Committees may form, from among their members, sub-committees, each to be designated for one of the technical questions which the principal Committee is studying.

Article 14.

Each Committee may recommend the calling of meetings of experts representing the States Members of the League and the other Arab countries, if necessary, in order to be guided by their views on matters coming within the jurisdiction of the Committee.

The Secretary-General shall be responsible for contacting the League States for the implementation of this recommendation.

Article 15.

These regulations shall come into force as from the date on which they are approved by the Council, namely, October 13, 1951.

Last revised 6 April 1998, Ed Haynes
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