CONSTITUTION
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5.0 MEMBERSHIP
 
5.1 Classes of Membership
5.1.1 The members of the Institute shall consist of Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members, Associate Members and Retired Fellows and Members.

 
5.2 Honorary Fellows
5.2.1 Honorary Fellows must be persons of distinction who by reason of their eminence and experience relating to arbitration, or who appear to the Council to be able to present important assistance in promoting the objects of the Institute. Proposal for election of Honorary Fellow shall be made by the Council of the Institute on its own initiative, and the Council must give a statement of the grounds on which he is recommended, provided always that the Council Members present and voting at the meeting at which the nomination is considered must be unanimous in favour of the nomination to secure its approval.
 
5.2.2 Honorary Fellows shall be entitled to the ordinary privileges of membership but they shall not be entitled to vote at General Meetings or to take part in the management of the Institute or to be elected as an Officer or a member of the Council, nor shall they be required to pay any entrance fee or annual subscription.

 
5.3 Fellows
5.3.1 Fellows shall be elected by the Council and every candidate for election shall:
 
5.3.1.1 at the date of application have attained the age of thirty-five (35) years; and
 
5.3.1.2 hold such professional qualification or have passed such examination as the Council may prescribe or has been exempted by the Council from any of these requirements; and
 
5.3.1.3 satisfy the Council that he is in all respects a suitable person for admission as a Fellow; and be able to provide the Council with evidence of his wide knowledge and experience of the law and practice of arbitration in a profession, occupation or calling as the Council may deem sufficient to qualify him to become a Fellow; or
 
5.3.1.4 have not or been exempted from any of the requirements as set out in 5.3.1.2

Provided always that the Council may:
 
5.3.2 in exceptional circumstances waive the requirement that an applicant for election as a Fellow shall have attained the age of thirty-five (35) years.
 
5.3.3 in the case of candidates holding a professional qualification recognised by the Council as justifying such a waiver, waive the requirement for the completion of a period of supervised training.

 
5.4 Members
5.4.1 Members shall be elected by the Council and every candidate for election shall:
 
5.4.2 at the date of application have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years; and
 
5.4.3 hold such professional qualification or have passed such examination as the Council may prescribe; and
 
5.4.4 have such knowledge and experience of the law and practice of arbitration as the Council may deem sufficient to qualify him for admission as a Member; or
 
5.4.5 satisfy the Council that he is in all respect a fit and proper person for admission to the Institute.

 
5.5 Associate Members
5.5.1 Associate Members shall be elected by the Council and every candidate for election shall:
 
5.5.1.1 at the date of application have reached the age of twenty-one (21) years, and
 
5.5.1.2 hold such professional qualification or have passed such examination as the Council may prescribe, and who have such knowledge of and interest in the subject of arbitration as the Council may deem sufficient to qualify him for admission as an Associate Member.
 
5.6 An Associate Member shall not be entitled to vote at any General Meetings of the Institute.

 
5.7 Retired Fellows and Members
5.7.1 Retired Fellows and Members shall be persons who:
 
5.7.1.1 have reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, and are not still engaged in any occupation directly or indirectly concerned with arbitration; and
 
5.7.1.2 have no right to vote at General Meetings of the Institute or take part in its management or to be elected as Officer Bearer or member of the Council but shall be required to pay such annual subscription or other payment as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council;
 
5.8 If a Retired Fellow or Member does engage in any income earning activities as arbitrator, he shall forthwith give written notice to the Honorary Secretary. If he wishes to remain as a member of the Institute, he shall apply for reinstatement as a Fellow or as a Member.

 
5.9 Admission Procedures
5.9.1 The procedures for the admission of the members of the Institute shall be as provided in the Bye-Laws.

 
5.10 Privileges and Obligations of Members
5.10.1 The privileges and obligations of a member shall be personal to himself and shall not be transferable nor transmissible by his own act or by operation of Law and all such privileges and obligations shall cease immediately upon the removal of the member's name from the Register.
 
5.10.2 Every Honorary Fellow or Fellow or Member or Associate Member shall be entitled to affix the designation "Hon.FSIArb" or "FSIArb" or "MSIArb" or "ASIArb" after his name.
 
5.10.3 Every member, to the best of his ability, shall be bound to advance the objects, interests and prestige of the Institute and shall observe the Rules of Professional Conduct and all Rules, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the Institute for the time being in force
 
5.10.4 The privileges and obligations of members as prescribed by these Rules shall be common to all members of the Institute except as otherwise stated.

 
5.11 General Meetings
5.11.1 Every member, provided that he shall not be in arrears in the payment of any monies due and payable to the Institute, shall be entitled to receive notification of and to attend all General Meetings of the Institute subject to the provisions of Clauses 5.11.2 and 5.11.3 hereof.
 
5.11.2 Associate members shall attend the general meetings of the Institute subject to the provisions of clauses 5.11.2 and 5.11.3 hereof.
 
5.11.3 Only Fellows and Members shall be entitled to vote at General Meetings, and they shall be entitled to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting.

 
5.12 Representation on Outside Bodies
5.12.1 Only Fellows or Members or such persons as the Council shall deem fit to appoint shall represent the Institute on Outside Bodies in Singapore or elsewhere.

 
5.13 Discipline
5.13.1 Without prejudice to any other power to enact Bye-Laws the Council may make rules for regulating the professional practice, conduct and discipline of members.
 
5.13.2 There shall be established pursuant to provisions of the Bye-Laws thereto an Investigating Panel and a Disciplinary Board for the purpose of investigating any allegation of professional misconduct and taking appropriate action in respect thereof.
 
5.13.3 The investigative procedure and imposition of any sanction on a member as a result thereof shall be authorised and regulated pursuant to the provisions of the Bye-Laws
 
5.13.4 The meanings assigned to "professional misconduct" by a member signifies his conviction of a serious criminal offence, and becoming a matter for disciplinary action by another professional body, or where he has conducted himself in a manner which in the opinion of the Council shall render him unfit to continue to belong to the Institute.
 
5.13.5 Disciplinary proceedings may be taken against any member who acts in contravention of any one or more of the following reasons:
 
5.13.5.1 Makes a false declaration signed by him in his application for membership or for transfer to another class of membership.
 
5.13.5.2 Has conducted or having conducted himself in a manner which in the opinion of the Council is unbecoming as a member of the Institute.
 
5.13.5.3 Has been convicted of a serious offence involving fraud or dishonesty or relating to the Laws of Singapore or elsewhere which resulted in a term of imprisonment.
 
5.13.5.4 The Honorary Secretary shall inform the person against whom disciplinary action has been taken within fourteen (14) days of the decision being made and in the event of his reinstatement he shall likewise be so duly informed.
 
5.13.6 The Council shall have the power by resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the Council Members present and voting to take disciplinary action against any member by way of reprimand, suspension or expulsion, provided always that the expulsion of any member shall not take effect unless and until the same is confirmed at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Institute by a resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the number of members present and voting.

 
5.14 Suspension or Cessation of Rights and Privileges
5.14.1 Where a member is suspended or expelled, he shall cease to be entitled to any rights and privileges with effect from the date of suspension or expulsion, as the case may be.

 
5.15 Reinstatement of Expelled Member
5.15.1 Expelled Members
 
5.15.1.1 Where a member has been expelled by the Institute, he may re-apply to the Council for his membership to be reinstated after three years from the date of his expulsion.
 
5.15.1.2 Every application for reinstatement of membership shall be made in the same manner as that prescribed for the application for admission of members. In addition, each re-application shall be accompanied by statements by the requisite sponsors each testifying to the effect that the member is now fit to be re-admitted.
 
5.15.1.3 The Council shall have power by resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the Council members present and voting to re-admit any expelled member.

 
5.16 RESIGNATION OF MEMBERS
5.16.1 A member intending to discontinue his membership of the Institute shall tender his resignation in writing and address to the Honorary Secretary on or before the first day of March in any year and in default of his doing so the member shall be liable to pay the full subscription for the following year, provided always that the resignation of membership shall not release the member concerned from any obligation which he has already incurred to the Institute in respect of arrears of subscription or otherwise prior to the date of resignation.
 
5.16.2 A member's name shall be removed from the Register as from the date on which his resignation becomes effective.

 
5.17 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
5.17.1 Without prejudice to the other provisions therein, a member shall be liable to have his membership terminated by the Council of the Institute for any one or more of the following reasons:
 
5.17.1.1 He dies or becomes a bankrupt, or is in arrears in the payment of subscriptions for three months, or compounds with, or makes an assignment of his property for the benefit of his creditors.
 
5.17.1.2 He is certified to be of unsound mind under Mental and Disorders Act.

 
5.18 Procedure
5.18.1 The procedure for the termination of the membership of any member shall be as provided in the Bye-Laws.

 
5.19 MEMBERSHIP REGISTER
5.19.1 A Register of all classes of membership shall be kept by the Institute and the name and address of every member shall be recorded in such Register.