1. Preamble The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities was established in April 2011 with the main aims
    of giving recognition to scholarly excellence and providing a platform for advocacy on behalf of the 
    humanities in Hong Kong.
  2. History
    1. Beginnings Following informal inter-university discussions of the idea of a humanities academy
      dating back to 2007, a special meeting was held at a Deans Forum (arts, humanities and social
      sciences) on 16 October 2009. At this meeting, the project of forming a Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities (HKAH) was supported by those present.
    2. Working Party Formulates Aims and Plan of Action At meetings at the University of Hong Kong on 26 March 2010 and The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14 October 2010, a working party of deans and senior humanities scholars from all institutions agreed on some general principles for the HKAH, including the main aims as outlined in the Preamble above. At the latter meeting a timetable for implementing the preliminary steps was accepted and it was decided that an ad hoc committee of senior humanities scholars from each institution should be given the job of carrying them out.
    3. Election of Foundation Fellows On 22 November 2010 the ad hoc committee was formed and called for all institutions of higher education in Hong Kong to nominate the most distinguished
      humanities scholars who were full time members of their staff and residents of Hong Kong for
      election as Foundation Fellows, such nominations to be supported by curriculum vitae and other supporting materials showing the scholarly distinction and eminence of each nominee. The ad hoc committee then constituted itself as an electoral committee, which assessed all materials submitted for nomination and on 4 March 2011 met to elect the Foundation Fellows, of whom 39 were elected from among all institutions of higher education in Hong Kong.
    4. Inaugural General Meeting Elects Executive On 18 April 2011 the inaugural General Meeting of
      Foundation Fellows was held in the Knowles Room at the University of Hong Kong, at which an
      Executive, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and six other Executive
      Members, was elected by secret ballot from among the Foundation Fellows present.
    5. Incorporation The Executive drew up and registered a Memorandum and Articles of Association,
      making The Hong Kong Academy of Humanities Limited a legal entity under the HKSAR Companies Ordinance, able to carry out financial and other executive and administrative transactions in Hong Kong from 20 July 2011. The not for profit Company operates as the legal infrastructure of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, the Executive acting with the powers and responsibilities of Company Members and Board Members under the Ordinance.
  3. Objects and Purposes The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities exists to carry out the following objects and purposes:
    1. To promote, defend and advance the study of the humanities in Hong Kong;
    2. To give recognition to scholarly eminence and early career achievement among scholars of the humanities working in Hong Kong;
    3. To assist government and institutions of higher education in attracting and retaining distinguished and aspiring humanities scholars in a competitive global environment by helping to make successful academic careers in the humanities in Hong Kong more rewarding;
    4. To provide a platform for advocacy and policy advice to government, funding agencies, educational institutions, business, and the general public on behalf of the whole scholarly community working in Hong Kong institutions of higher education in the area of the humanities;
    5. To provide a key point of contact for government and other national and international bodies seeking information about the humanities in Hong Kong;
    6. To provide a vehicle for information-sharing and dissemination, discussion and debate among scholars on all matters of importance and concern to the humanities in Hong Kong.
  4. The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Limited
    In order to operate as a legal entity in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities shall elect on an annual basis a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to six other Executive Members whose duties will be to lead and oversee the detailed operation of the Academy and to act as Members and Directors of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Limited, in accordance with the above objects and purposes and with the requirements of the Hong Kong SAR Companies Ordinance.
  5. Statutes
    1. Annual General Meetings of the Academy
      1. Annual General Meetings (AGM) of the Academy shall be held no later than 14 months after the previous AGM.
      2. The Secretary shall inform all Fellows in writing of the date, time, place and agenda of the AGM at least four weeks before the date of the Meeting.
      3. The quorum for an AGM is one third of Academy Fellows as defined under 5.b.1 below.
      4. At the AGM, immediately following reports from the existing President, Secretary and Treasurer, all Executive positions shall be declared vacant and secret ballot elections shall be held to elect (by a simple majority of Fellows present) a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to six other Executive members. Office-bearers and Executive members will normally serve for more than one year.
      5. Current Members of the Executive may stand for re-election.
      6. Nominations for Executive positions shall be made in writing, signed by the nominee and at least two other Fellows – a nominator and a seconder -- and shall be received by the Secretary at least two working days before the AGM. (A nomination may be sent by post, by fax or scanned as an email attachment. In the latter cases, originals shall be presented to the Secretary at or before the AGM.)
      7. The elections shall be conducted by a returning officer who is not a nominee for election and who is nominated and approved for the purpose by a majority of those present at the AGM.
      8. The remainder of the business of the AGM shall be conducted by the newly elected President.
    2. Fellows
      1. The Fellows of the Academy shall consist of (a) Foundation Fellows and (b) any Fellows subsequently elected according to these Statutes.
      2. To be eligible for election as a Fellow of the Academy, a nominee must be a full time academic member of an institution of higher education in Hong Kong and a resident of Hong Kong at the time of his or her election. Visiting scholars and academics on temporary appointments amounting to two years or less are not eligible for election.
      3. Fellows elected under these Statutes shall be nominated in writing by at least two Fellows of the Academy; the nomination shall be received by the Secretary at least two months before an AGM of the Academy so that supporting materials may be pre-circulated to all Fellows; a successful nominee shall receive endorsement by a secret ballot postal vote from a majority of at least two thirds of the Fellows of the Academy.
      4. An annual Fellowship fee, as set by the Executive, shall be payable by all Fellows of the Academy, apart from Honorary Fellows.
      5. Humanities scholars of exceptional distinction, as well as eminent individuals such as artists and writers, who contribute in some significant way to the humanities in Hong Kong (and who may not meet the requirements for election as Fellows under 5. b. ii above), may be nominated for election as Honorary Fellows of the Academy, using the procedure set out in 5. b. iii above. Such Honorary Fellows shall not have the rights to vote or to stand for offices of the Academy.
      6. Fellows who leave Hong Kong permanently may continue as Overseas Fellows. Such Overseas Fellows shall continue to pay fees but shall not have the rights to vote or to stand for offices of the Academy.
      7. Any Fellow who has been found after due process to have committed such misdemeanours or acts that might tend to bring the Academy into disrepute may be expelled or suspended from the Academy by a vote of a two thirds majority of Fellows.
      8. Fellows of the Academy, including Honorary and Overseas Fellows, are entitled to use after their name the abbreviated designation "FHKAH".
    3. The Executive
      1. The Executive shall consist of the office-bearers, namely the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and up to six other Executive Members, who shall provide leadership and management of Academy resources in order to advance the objects and purposes of the Academy as defined in paragraph 3 above
      2. Members of the Executive shall take up the duties and responsibilities of Company Members and Company Directors of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Limited in accordance with the terms of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of that Company and the statutes of the Companies Ordinance of the Hong Kong SAR.
      3. The Executive shall have the sole control, management and superintendence of the property, income, affairs and concerns of the Academy and its Company and may appoint such secretaries and officers (constituting the secretariat), and perform such acts, within the limits set out within these statutes and those of the Companies Ordinance of the Hong Kong SAR, as it considers necessary or desirable for the purpose of carrying into effect the objects and purposes of the Academy; and in particular the Executive shall have the following powers to act in pursuance of any of the objects and purposes of the Academy :
        (a) To accept any gift of property whether subject to any special trust or not.
        (b) To invest any moneys of, or belonging to, the Academy.
        (c) To borrow, raise or secure the payment or repayment of moneys in such manner as it may think fit;
        (d) To construct, maintain or alter any building or works;
        (e) To sell, lease, mortgage, dispose of or otherwise deal with all or any part of the property of the Academy or its Company.
      4. The income and property of the Academy and the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Limited shall be applied solely towards the advancement of the objects and purposes of the Academy as set out above. No Member of the Academy, its Executive or its Company (meaning the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Limited) shall carry on any trade or engage in any transaction with a view to pecuniary gain or profit of the Members.
      5. No Member shall have any personal claim on any property of the Academy or its Company and no part of the income or property of the Academy or its Company shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend or bonus or otherwise by way of profit to any individual Member of the Academy or its Company.
      6. Notwithstanding iii and iv above, nothing shall prevent (a) the payment of remuneration to any officer or servant of the Academy or its Company or any other person in return for services rendered to the Academy or its Company or for goods supplied in the ordinary course of business; or (b) the payment by the Executive of the Academy of the expenses incurred by any Member of the Academy or its Company in attending meetings, or otherwise undertaking any business of the Academy or its Company at the request of, or with the approval of, the Executive of the Academy.
      7. The Executive may, so far as it seems expedient, delegate any of its powers (except this power of delegation) to such committees as it may from time to time establish.
      8. The Executive shall have the power to call a Special General Meeting of the Fellows of the Academy, or a postal vote of the Fellows of the Academy at any time it may deem expedient in pursuance of the objects and purposes of the Academy.
      9. The Executive shall call a Special General Meeting of the Fellows of the Academy on the requisition in writing of at least one third of the Fellows of the Academy.
    4. Constitutional Change
      1. These Statutes shall not be in any way altered, extended or diminished except by the vote of a two thirds majority of Fellows present at a General Meeting of the Academy.
      2. New Statutes may likewise be added with the support of a two thirds majority of Fellows present at a General Meeting of the Academy.
      3. For the purposes of such a vote on changes to the Statutes, Fellows who are unable to be present at such a General Meeting may in writing authorize another Fellow to be his or her proxy.
    5. The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities logo
      1. The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities hereby asserts exclusive copyright over the use of the Academy logo reproduced at the head of this Constitution.
      2. Academy Fellows and appointed officers of the Academy shall not use the Academy logo except in pursuance of the objects and purposes of the Academy as set out above.