The Executive Committee assists the (Extended) Bureau in its management of AIJA. The Executive Committee is asked to take an active role in promoting the objectives of AIJA and the Strategic Plan, in particular with regard to human rights projects (together with the Human Rights Committee), the development of the legal profession (together with the SCILL Commission) and membership recruitment (together with the Membership Forum).
The Executive Committee is also responsible for approving applications for membership in AIJA and, by recommendation of the Bureau, making decisions on other matters as provided for in the Statutes, such as the appointment of National Representatives.
The Executive Committee is formed by 48 individual AIJA members elected by the General Assembly (16 each year for a three-year term). In addition, the Bureau members and the National Representatives attend the meetings of the Executive Committee with a right to vote.
Normally, there are four Executive Committee meetings per year (i.e. two meetings during the Annual Congress and one at each of the May and November Conferences) with the agenda determined by the President together with the Secretary General.
In the past, being a member of the Executive Committee has proven to be an excellent entrance into the active world of AIJA management.
The term of one-third of the body of the Executive Committee expires each year, so elections are held to replace that portion of the Executive Committee at each Annual Congress. The 16 candidates receiving the most votes at the General Assembly are elected to the Executive Committee.