- The name of the Association shall be the ‘British Association for Human
Identification (abbreviated to BAHID).
- The primary objective of the
Association is to provide a forum for the discussion and promotion of subjects
of a common interest to members (national and international) of all professions
that operate within the domain of human identification. Where agreed by the
Council it encourages the development of standards that enhance the professional
standing of any single or multiple interest groups within the Association.
- Membership of the Association is open to all who can demonstrate a
bona fide professional interest in the subject of human identification. The
Council retains the right to refuse membership if such interest cannot be
legitimised in professional terms.
- Applications for membership are
administered by the Membership Secretary of the Association. Membership operates
on 2 fee levels – full member and student member. To qualify for student
membership, applicants must demonstrate current registration on a relevant
higher education course.
- At least one scientific meeting will be held
each year in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and additional
meetings may be held as and when considered desirable or appropriate by the
- The Honorary Officers of the Society are full Council members
and shall be – President, Secretary and Treasurer duly elected by fellow Council
- The tenure for office of President shall be for not more than
two consecutive years, unless the Council and the Association in a general
meeting request otherwise. The post of Secretary should be held for a minimum of
two consecutive years with no barrier for re-election. The post of treasurer
should be held for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 consecutive years and
re-election to the post may occur after a 2-year lapse from date of retirement.
The Council maintains the right to remove an Officer from post by a majority
vote of Council where it is deemed to be in the best interests of the
Association. The Council may then place an interim Officer in post until the
- The affairs of the Association will be managed by a Council
consisting of the Honorary Officers and at least 11, but no more than 20 Council
members. Eight members shall form a quorum which must include 2 Officers.
Membership to the Council, with the exception of the Officers, will normally be
for a period of not less than three, and not more than 5 years. Election to
Council will be made only from full members of the Association – with the
exception of the student Council member. Vacancies on Council must be notified
to the membership with a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the date of the AGM.
Proposed and seconded nominations must be submitted to the Secretary no later
than 4 full weeks before the date of the AGM. Voting will be by ballot and must
be completed within two full weeks prior to the AGM. Existing Council may elect
new Council members if no nominations have been received. Reasonable attempts
will be made to ensure that all disciplines within the Association are
represented on Council.
- The Council may approve the appointment of
sub-committees with power to co-opt. Unless power to act is given by the
Council, the decisions of the sub-committees shall require the sanction of the
- At each AGM there will be a report of proceedings, a
statement of accounts (duly audited) and the election of Officers and members of
the Council. The AGM will coincide with the annual scientific
- Each member of the Association who is present at the AGM
shall have one vote pertaining to matters arising at the AGM.
special general meeting can be convened following written requests to the
secretary by not less than 25 members of the Association. The Secretary shall
convene that meeting with no less than 7 days notice. No other business shall be
considered at that meeting.
- The annual subscription of each member
of the Association shall be as agreed by the Council. Payment is due on
confirmation of acceptance of membership and on each succeeding 1st January. Any
member joining after 30th June shall pay one half of the annual subscription for
that year alone.
- Any member whose subscription is one year in
arrears may be terminated automatically but any such member may be re-instated
by the Council on such terms as the Council may deem fit. The Council retains
the right to refuse re-instatement.
- Expulsion of any member of the
Association shall be at the discretion of the Council with right of appeal at
the next Council meeting at which a 2/3 majority by ballot of Council shall be
required for re-instatement.
- At any special general meeting or AGM it
is forbidden for members to in any way record or publicly report the proceedings
without prior permission from the Council. At the scientific meetings, it is not
permitted for presentations to be recorded or published without prior permission
from the author(s).
- Membership of the Association may not be used as
a professional qualification, nor may a member make any such
- No rule shall be made, altered or rescinded except by the
Association in the AGM. Proposals for amendments to the rules must be notified
in writing (by at least 2 members) to the Secretary at least 6 weeks before the
AGM. Notification of any such proposal will be given in the notice convening the
- The Association shall not be dissolved except at a special
general meeting called for that purpose. The motion for the dissolution must be
agreed by at least two thirds of the members present and by at least half of the
- In the event of dissolution, the funds and other
properties of the Association, after payment of all proper debts and
liabilities, shall not be distributed among the members of the Association, but
shall be given or transferred to a charitable institution appointed by majority
vote of those present at the special general meeting.
- Council members
serve a term of office no longer than 5 years without re-election unless they
are absent from more than two consecutive meetings when they can be removed from
Council by the majority vote of those Council members present at the next