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1. Aims and Activities
The International Commission for the History of Towns aims to establish contacts and facilitate the coordination of research between specialists in all branches of the history of towns.

To achieve these aims, the Commission:

  • organises within the framework of the scientific part of its General Assemblies colloquia dedicated to a particular theme;
  • publishes an information bullettin ("Nouvelles"/ "Newletters");
  • sponsors the publication of urban bibliographies by country, of selected urban history texts (Elenchuses), historic atlases of towns etc:, and supports all other kinds of study and research in urban history.

2. Status
The Commission constitutes an international body affiliated to the International Committee of Historical Sciences in accordance with their regulations.

3. Members
3. 1 Categories
The Commission is composed of three categories of members:

  1. Honorary members proposed by the national members and confirmed by the General Assembly after deliberation by the Bureau
  2. Full national members, confirmed by the General Assembly, after examination and approval of the candidates by the Bureau. These will be a maximum of about 60 full national members;
  3. Full intercontinental members, confirmed by the General Assembly after being proposed by a non-european Urban History association and approved by the Bureau. There will be a maximum of 10 full intercontinental members.

3. 2 Mandate
The mandate of full members, national and intercontinental, will last for 5 years with the possibility of two renewals of 5 years, making the limit of membership 15 years. Beyond 15 years, those responsible for works sponsored by the Commission can obtain in exceptional circumstances justifiable by the advanced state of work, a final extension of 5 years.

3. 3 Voting rights
Only full members may vote.

3. 4 Affiliates and correspondents
Groups, societies or institutions engaged in activity relevant to the Commission's field of work, may be permitted to associate themselves with the Commission as affiliated or correspondents.

4. The Bureau
4.1 The Bureau consists of a president, 2 vice-presidents, a secretary and a deputy-secretary, a treasurer and a deputy-treasurer and of a not more than 5 Commission members with at least one representative of the latter. Bureau members are elected every 5 years by the General Assembly following the International Congress of Historical Sciences. Their mandate is renewable.

4.2 The election of the president and of the vice-presidents will take place by two separate ballotts before that of other members of the Bureau who will be elected by a single vote from a list presented by the newly-elected president and vice-presidents.
Elections are made by an absolute majority of votes from the full members present. A quorum is fixed at 50% of full members.

4.3 The Bureau will meat at least once a year: It can be convoked by the president for an extraordinary meeting;

4.4 The Bureau is concerned with financial matters, with preparations for General Assemblies, with relations with national and international organisations and with working parties and with the works or the Commission.

5. The General Assembly
The General Assembly is the regular meeting of the three categories of members of the Commission.

5. 1 There will be at least three general assemblies in each period of 5 years, including the one held at the time of the International Congress of Historical Sciences.

5.2 The choice and preparation of an Urban History theme for the International Congress of Historical Sciences, as well as the discussion of those theme and other scientific research based on work done by members of the Commission and/or external experts is the prime concern of the General Assembly.

5.3 The General Assembly is in charge of statutary business, the proposal of the Bureau concerning the election and re-elections of members, elects the Bureau, confirms honorary members and receives the reports of Bureau meetings.

5.4 The General Assembly may set up from its membership working parties to carry out certain of the Commission's tasks, notably those enumerated above under article 1.

6. Finances
6. 1 At the time of a General Assembly or a meeting of the Bureau, each members will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs, unless the host country undertakes to pay them in whole or in part.

6. 2 In this the last eventuality, financial means put at the disposal of the Commission bu the host country will be used in the first instance to facilitate the attendance of members from countries with limited funds.

6. 3 Each members of the Commission pays an individual subscription, which is fixed by the General Assembly in line with the Commission's contribution to the International Committee of Historical Sciences.

6. 4 All members of the Commission who omit to pay their subscription for three successive years without good reason, will be considered as having resigned.

(These new statutes have been adopted at Trier in 1993. See Newletters Nr. 13 and 14)