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(Adopted at the business meeting of the CLAP on May 26, 1991)



The Communication Law and Policy Special Interest Group of the International Communication Association is broadly interested in the study of public and private regulation of communication. The group was formed to encourage more and better scholarship and teaching of communication law and policy. The group hopes to provide a forum for dialogue among those interested in communication policy.


The group is interested in promoting both traditional and non-traditional models and approaches to advance knowledge about theory and methodology for the study of communication.  Methodology is the slave of theory, so the group makes no assumptions about correct approaches to problems in the field except that the approaches be rigorous.

The group is interested in both formal and informal sources of law. The group is also interested in the study of local, national and international legal and political philosophies, constitutional systems, judicial and other processes, case law, and policy-making as they influence communication. The group’s interests also include how this law and policy are communicated.

The group hopes to embrace all ICA members as well as scholars in other disciplines interested in the field.


Section 1. Any active member of the ICA who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Interest Group is eligible for Active Membership of the Interest Group.

Section 2. Any Affiliate Member of the ICA who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Interest Group is eligible for Affiliate Membership. Affiliate Members are not eligible to vote nor hold office in the Interest Group.


Section 1. Officers of the  Interest Group include a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary, each serving a two-year term.

Section 2. The Vice-Chairperson shall automatically assume the position of Chair-person after serving a two year term

Section3. In addition to a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary, the Interest Group may elect whatever other officers its membership deems necessary and desirable.

Section 4. Nominations for offices shall be solicited and received from the Active Members of the Interest Group by a committee of the Interest Group appointed by the Chairperson to prepare a slate of nominees. The names of at least two nominees who have given their consent must appear on the ballot for each vacant office.

Section 5. The Chairperson shall ensure that the cultural, ethnic, and language regions of the world are widely represented in the Interest Group’s committees.

Section 6. The election of any officer shall be by vote of only the Active Members of the Interest Group.

Section 7. Elections shall be by a mail vote on a ballot that is incorporated with the ballot for election of officers of the ICA.

Section 8. Unusual vacancies shall be filled by appointment of an Active Member of the Interest Group by the President of the International Communication Association. If the unexpired term is for a period of more than six months, the Interest Group may initiate through its regular channels a special ballot for the election of an Active Member in the Interest Group to fill the unexpired term.

Section 9. All officers shall perform those duties usually associated with the respective offices, plus whatever additional duties duly confirmed by vote of Active Members of the Interest Group.



Section 1. The Chairperson is empowered to establish and appoint members of ad hoc committees to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Interest Group.

Section 2. When requested by the President of the ICA, the Interest Group Chairperson is empowered to recommend members of the division to serve on designated Association committees.

Section 3.  The term of office of any appointed committee member shall not exceed the term of  office of the appointing member.


Section 1. The Interest Group officers may propose to the members an annual dues charge for the classes of membership.  If approved by the Board of Directors of the Association, this charge shall be adopted upon the affirmative vote of two thirds of the responding Active Members of the Interest Group. Nonpayment of such dues shall be a basis for termination of membership in the Interest Group, but shall not affect the individual’s status as a member of the Association.


Section 2.  In the event the Interest Group is dissolved, the elected officers shall transfer the net assets of the Interest Group to the Board of Directors of the Association, to be used for the work of the Association.


Section 1. An annual business meeting of the Interest group shall be held at the time and place of the annual conference of the Association. Business shall be decided by a simple majority of the number of registered Active Members of the Interest Group attending the business meeting.

Section2. Activity reports of officers and committees of the Interest Group  shall be received at the annual business meeting and action recommendations shall be presented for vote.

Section 3. The Secretary shall prepare a written report of the Annual Business Meeting for transmission to the Board of Directors of the Association and shall make copies available to the members of the Interest Group.

Section 4. The Interest Group may plan and hold professional meetings at the time of the annual conference, under the general coordination of the President-Elect of the Association.

Section 5. The Interest Group may organize and hold local or regional program meetings on its own initiative, with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Association.


Section 1. Amendments or revisions to these Bylaws shall be by procedures that parallel those described in Article X of the current Bylaws of the ICA.

Section 2. These Interest Group Bylaws may not conflict with the Bylaws of the Association; the latter take precedence and power for resolving conflicts rests with the Board of Directors of the Association.


In the absence of any provision to the contrary in the Bylaws, all business meetings of the Interest Group shall be governed by the parliamentary rules and usages contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.