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Policy overruling Constitution

Hi,

Is it right to say that no policy can override the constitution unless specified in the constitution itself ? Or is it more subtle ? And if so, what are the exact rules ? Where can I find that rule in the Constitution itself ?

There are some articles pretty clear about not allowing any modification (for instance : ...5#507821574246047915) but anything else I'm not confident.

If someone could clarify this for me ?

2 Replies
Margaux
03/27/2017

Hi Xavier,

 

There is a specific section about amending the constitution:

5.5 Constitution Amendments and Repeal

The Ratifiers or their successors may amend this Constitution or repeal it entirely, using whatever authority and process they relied upon to adopt it. Amendments must be in writing and published where all Partners of the Organization can access them.

 

At the Anchor Circle level at iGi Partners , we do define some policies to amend the constitution, just like H1 does: https://fr.glassfrog.com/circles/16#_policies

The name of each policy begins with “Constitution Amendment”.

Karilen Mays
04/01/2017

Xavier,

Yes, I would coach people as such: Is it right to say that no policy can override the constitution unless specified in the constitution itself ?

Only the ratifiers have the authority to make constitutional amendments as Margaux points out. In most organizations the anchor circle is not the ratifier. It is a really bad idea to make amendments until there is a stable, mature practice. You can do a governance audit, explore the reasons for the desire to "work around" the constitution and coach for a constitutional approach to resolving tensions.