Membership Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions are based on the bylaws of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (further to be indicated as IASC), as established by the membership by general vote. In case of any contradiction between the Terms and Conditions as displayed on this webpage and the bylaws, the bylaws will prevail.


  • Membership is open to all persons and organizations.


  • Membership starts on the day payment of the membership has been received in the account of the IASC.
  • Membership will last for the period as indicated in the subscription by the member. Duration can only be altered in case the member wants to be come a member in a higher income category or for a longer period.
  • In case payment for renewal of the membership has not been received, member’s access to the website will end one month after the due payment date.
  • Membership can be ended prior to the end date in cases mentioned under {E}.


  • Membership fees will be paid by credit card or bank transfer via the ways indicated on IASC’s website.
  • Organizations may be granted a membership payment in kind instead of monetary payment after permission by the IASC Secretariat.
  • Membership fees shall be set by the Council. The Council may create different categories of membership and variable levels of membership fees. Alterations to the categories of membership or the schedule of dues shall require a two-thirds majority of the Council.


  • Both individual and organizational members shall have the right to participate in programs and activities of the IASC, subject to the rules established by the Executive Council and the Association’s bylaws. In addition, individual members shall have the right to
    • hold office in the Association;
    • vote for elected officers;
    • vote on matters referred by the Council;
    • vote on changes, additions, and deletions to the bylaws;
    • seek to petition the Council;
    • submit announcements via IASC’s social media.
  • Organizational and supporting members also are entitled to:
    • have dedicated display room at IASC Events;
    • have their logo and a short description about their organization on IASC’s website;
    • individual member benefits for up to 3 (organizational membership) or up to 10 (supporting membership) representatives of their organization.


  • The membership ends if the membership period has ended and the member has not renewed membership.
  • In case membership fees due are not paid, IASC has the right to terminate the membership of the member involved.
  • In case a member deploys activities that may harm the interests of the IASC significantly, or in case a member acts in a way that in severe contradiction with IASC’s aims and nature, the IASC withholds the right to end the membership of the member involved.
  • Any member has the right to terminate his or her membership before the formal end of the membership period. Termination has to be sent in writing to the IASC Secretariat and does not constitute any right of reimbursement of membership fees.
  • End of membership, either at the end of the membership period or by intermediate termination  does not constitute any right of reimbursement of membership fees.