We collected a number of answers to frequently asked questions below. Please get in touch with us at icons@icon-society.org if you have a question or a concern that is not listed below. We are happy to help.


What is an ICON•S account and how can I create one?

The ICON•S account helps you stay up-to-date with ICON•S. You need to have an ICON•S account to become a member of ICON•S. You can create an account here: Lorem ipsum.

Does creating an ICON•S account mean I will automatically become an active member?

No, having an ICON•S account does not necessarily mean you have an active membership. Your membership is active as long as the membership fee is paid.

How can I change the e-mail address associated with my ICON•S account?

Unfortunately, we cannot modify the e-mail address associated with your account because our system keeps track of your account via your email address. If you want to change your e-mail address, please create a new ICON•S account and delete the old account. If you have an active membership associated with your account, please create a new account and get in touch with us via icons@icon-society.org. We will transfer your active membership to your new account and delete your old account. Please make sure to save the invoices you had in your old account because these invoices will not be accessible once we cancel your older account. We recommend to create an ICON•S account with an e-mail address that does not change often.

I would like to delete my ICON•S account. How should I proceed?

You can delete your ICON•S account at any time via the ICON•S HUB. Just log in and select ‘Delete Account’.


How can I become a member of ICON•S?

You become a member of ICON•S by paying your annual membership fee.

How much does an annual membership cost?

The “Regular Membership” is $150 USD and also includes (upon request) an online subscription to I·CON—the International Journal of Constitutional Law—for one year. The “Discount Membership” is $80 USD and applies to scholars from non-OECD countries, students, and post-doctoral scholars. The discount membership is valid for one year and gives you the same rights and privileges as our regular membership. If you are in a position to support the Society as one of our “patrons” we invite you to consider the “Patron of the Society” Membership. This membership is $250 USD. It is valid for one year and grants all the available membership rights, including participating in the Annual Conference and voting in the Council elections. We will publicly acknowledge all patrons of the Society. We will also consider requests for fee waivers on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at icons@icon-society.org if you wish to pursue this option.

What if I cannot afford an annual membership?

We can consider requests for fee waivers on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at icons@icon-society.org if you wish to pursue this option. Waivers will only be provided under exceptional circumstances and have to be approved by the co-presidents of the society.

I need an invoice for my membership fee for reimbursement purposes. How can I obtain this?

You will receive an invoice via email once you have paid your annual membership fee. You can also access your invoices after logging into your ICON•S account. Please contact us via email (icons@icon-society.org) if you need anything else. For example, if  you need an invoice under your name but addressed to the institution that will refund your membership fee, please contact us to request such an amended invoice.

I paid my membership fee. How can I access the online subscription to the ICON journal?

To access the online subscription to ICON journal please get in touch with us at icons@icon-society.org.


Can chapters collaborate with other institutions?

ICON•S chapters can work cooperatively with other organizations, particularly academic organizations. Nevertheless, the chapters should always remain distinct and avoid been captured by specific interests.

What are the obligations of the ICON•S chapters?

ICON•S chapters need to report their activities once a year to the Society, promote the Society’s growth, respect, and advance the Society’s Executive Committee. Members of the governing bodies of ICON•S chapters are expected to be active members of ICON•S and pay the ICON•S annual membership fee regularly. All ordinary chapter members are encouraged to join ICON•S as active members and pay the annual fee. The co-presidents of ICON•S can grant exceptions upon request if it is considered convenient to promote the growth of the local chapter. In any case, all chapter members are expected to create a free ICON•S account.

What are the kinds of activities that chapters usually organize?

Chapters are supposed to organize academic activities such as local conferences and workshops. They can mentor junior scholars, create a legal blog, collaborate with other academic institutions and other ICON•S chapters, organize publications, and collaborate with ICON•S’ annual conference.

How are chapters supposed to be organized?

ICON•S chapters usually have a gender-balanced leadership, including two co-chairs and a Board. Some chapters also include other positions and bodies, such as secretary-general and specialized committees.

Who can start an ICON•S chapter and become founding members?

Only ICON•S members can propose the creation of an ICON•S chapter.

What is the process for creating an ICON•S chapter?

ICON•S members who wish to establish a new national or regional chapter should draft a proposal including the rules of their chapter according to the guidelines and criteria provided on the chapters page on this website. They can also refer to this document that outlines the entire process.

Interest Groups

What is an ICON•S Interest Group?

An ICON•S Interest Group (or Working Group) consists of a group of scholars hoping to build deeper connections with a view to future collaboration on research and engagement on a particular theme. The key aim of an Interest Group is to enhance the capacity of ICON•S to serve as a forum for supporting cross-national and inter-disciplinary research both at our conferences and beyond. There are a range of existing interest groups in the Society which you may be interested to join, a full list can be found on our website.

Who can start an ICON•S Interest Group?

Only ICON•S members can propose the creation of an ICON•S interest group. Ideally, proposals should come from a diverse group of scholars rather than individual scholars, and suggestions should include some first ideas of the broader goals and plans of the proposed group.

What should a proposal for an ICON•S Interest Group contain?

To submit a proposal for an Interest Group, a convener must submit the following information: full name, email address, and institutional affiliation of the convener, the title of the Interest Group, a description of the purpose of the Interest Group no longer than 250 words, any plans you have for the group (i.e. joint conferences or publications, specific projects to be pursued by group members, etc.).

How can I submit a proposal to start an ICON•S Interst Group

Generally, interest group proposals are made during our annual conference’s call for submission process. If you would like to propose founding an interest group outside the annual call for papers cycle, please contact dsg@icon-society.org.

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