Frequently Asked Questions about Society Governance and Applying for the Executive Council
1) What positions are available on the Executive Council?
Each year the Nominating Committee, comprising five ASIL members and one alternate appointed by the President of the Society, nominates eight members of the Society to serve as Executive Council Members, eight to serve as Counsellors, and two to serve as Vice Presidents. In alternate years, the Committee also selects one individual to serve as President-Elect or Honorary President. The Committee also nominates the Executive Director to serve as Executive Vice President.
2) What is the difference between an Executive Council Member and a Counsellor?
Executive Council Members are voting members of the Council, whereas Counsellors do not vote. Counsellors are encouraged, however, to participate actively in discussions and attend Council meetings. Counsellors are senior members of the Society who have made significant contributions to the study and development of international law and to the Society. Individuals who have served at least one full term as either a Council Member or a Counsellor are eligible for nomination to the position of Vice President.
3) What are the qualifications for nomination?
Nominees must be members of the Society in good standing. It is expected that, if elected, they will participate actively in the work of the Society and assist in efforts to enhance its financial viability, including by contributing, within their means, to its financial support. Nominators should ensure that the individuals they wish to nominate have consented to the nomination. In addition, nominators should ensure that their nominees understand that (a) nominees must be members of the Society in good standing; and (b) if elected, they will be expected to participate actively in the work of the Society and assist in efforts to enhance its financial viability, including by contributing, within their means, to its financial support. Additional qualifications for particular offices are outlined in the Guidelines.
4) What factors does the Nominating Committee consider when making its selections?
The Committee may consider a multiplicity of factors, including a candidate's history of engagement with the Society and readiness to assume additional responsibilities. In addition, the Committee makes maximum efforts to ensure that the composition of the leadership reflects the breadth and diversity of the membership, including with respect to diverse viewpoints and perspectives, as outlined in the Guidelines.
5) I've applied for a spot on the Council in previous years and still haven't been selected. Should I continue trying?
Given the limited number of open leadership positions in any given year, and the large number of nominations the Committee generally receives, it is not uncommon for nominees to apply multiple times before being nominated.
6) The nominating instructions say to submit a 1-2 page CV/Resume/Bio. Can I send my whole CV instead?
The Committee encourages you to customize the CV/Resume/Bio you include in your application to reflect the activities and scholarship most relevant to the Society. If you exceed the page limit, the Committee will review only the first two pages.
7) The nominating instructions say to submit a statement of interest of up to 700 words. Is this required?
All nominees, other than nominees for Honorary President or Counsellor, must submit a statement of interest to aid the Committee in understanding why the candidate is seeking the nomination and meets the qualifications, and what the candidate hopes to accomplish if elected. Counsellor nominees are not required to submit a statement of interest but are strongly encouraged to do so. Nominators should contact the persons being nominated to ask them to submit such a statement directly to LeaderNominations@asil.org. If the nominee submits a statement that exceeds the word limit, the Committee will review only the first 700 words.
8) I applied for a Council position last year. Do I need to reapply?
Yes. Candidates who were not selected in prior years are welcome to reapply; however, they must submit a current application if they wish to be considered.
9) Where can I ask questions that are not answered in these instructions?
You may direct questions about the nominating process to LeaderNominations@asil.org.