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CONGREGATION 11 March

Notice

The meeting of Congregation is cancelled. The sole business comprises questions to which no opposition has been notified and in respect of which no request for an adjournment has been received, and Mr Vice-Chancellor will accordingly declare the the Annual Report presented, the special resolution carried, and the preamble adopted without a meeting under the provisions of Tit. II, Sect. iii, cl. 11 (Statutes, 1995, p. 8).

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CONGREGATION 19 March 12 noon

Admission of Proctors and Assessor

A Congregation will be held on Wednesday, 19 March, in Convocation House for the purpose of admitting to office MARTIN ERIC CEADEL, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of New College, and ANNETTE MARIANNE VOLFING, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Oriel College, as Proctors for the ensuing year, and ROGER JAMES GOODMAN, MA, D.PHIL. (BA Durham), Fellow of St Antony's College, as Assessor for the ensuing year.

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CONGREGATION 25 March 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any opposition to the preambles of the following statutes, signed by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 17 March (see the Guide to Procedures in Congregation cited in the note at the end of `University Agenda'.)

Promulgation of Statutes

Statute (1): Establishment of Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

Explanatory note

The Reuter Foundation has made a most generous offer to fund, on a five-year rolling basis, a new chair, to be called the Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, and support costs. The following statute, and the decree to be made by Council if the statute is approved, formally establish the professorship accordingly. The Reuters Professor will be Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (which is based at St Peter's College) for the first five years of the professor's tenure, after which he or she may be reappointed as director.

(1) WHEREAS it is expedient to establish the Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

In Tit. XIV, Sect. II, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 107, as amended by Statute (1) approved by Congregation on 21 January 1997, Gazette, pp. 593, 646), after `Jacques Delors Professorship of European Community Law' insert:

`Reuters Professorship of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law'.

Decree to be made by Council if the Statute is approved

1 In Ch. II, Sect. VI, § 1, SCHEDULE, concerning official members of faculty boards (Statutes, 1995, p. 230, as amended by Decree (1) of 16 January 1997, Gazette, p. 592), under Law, after `Law, European Community, Jacques Delors.' insert:

`Law, Intellectual Property and Information Technology, Reuters.'

2 In Ch. VII, Sect. I, § 5. B, SCHEDULE A, concerning professorships (p. 369, as amended by the same decree), after `Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law' insert:

`Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law'.

3 Ibid., Sect. III (p. 437), insert new § 180 as follows and renumber existing §§ 180–7 (pp. 437--40, as renumbered by the same decree and by Decree (3) of 21 June 1996, Gazette, Vol. 126, p. 1282) as §§ 181–8:

`§ 180. Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

1. The Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law shall deliver lectures and give instruction in Intellectual Property Law and related aspects of Information Technology Law.

2. The professor shall be elected by an electoral board consisting of:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor, or, if the head of the college specified in (2) of this clause is Vice-Chancellor, a person appointed by Council;

(2) the head of the college to which the professorship shall be for the time being allocated by Council under any decree in that behalf, or, if the head is unable or unwilling to act, a person appointed by the governing body of that college;

(3) a person appointed by the governing body of the college specified in (2) of this clause;

(4), (5) two persons appointed by Council, one of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the Reuter Foundation;

(6) a person appointed by the General Board;

(7)–(9) three persons appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Law.

3. The professor shall be a member of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and shall have the obligation to accept the directorship of the centre for the first five years of the appointment and thereafter for five-year periods (or such other periods as may be decided upon), if requested to do so by Council after consultation with the General Board, the Board of the Faculty of Law, and St Peter's College.

4. The professor shall be subject to the General Provisions of the decree concerning the duties of professors and to those particular provisions of the same decree which are applicable to this chair.'

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Statute (2): Entitlement of members of Faculties to membership of Congregation

Explanatory note

Following confirmation by postal vote of the general resolution instructing Council to restore the entitlement of members of faculties to membership of Congregation until the age of 75 Council promotes the statute below, which provides accordingly. The general resolution did not instruct Council to restore the original provisions governing membership of faculties and other university bodies, and the statute accordingly leaves unchanged in those respects the amendments which were approved by Congregation in 1995. This means that faculty boards will still need to consider at least annually whether to continue the membership of a faculty of a person who is over 70 (a vote of at least two-thirds of the board members present and voting being necessary for such a person's membership to be continued on each occasion); and if such a person's membership is not continued, he or she will, unless an Emeritus Professor, also cease to be a member of Congregation. A decree similarly restoring Emeritus Professors to membership is published as Decree (1) in `University Acts' above.

(2) WHEREAS it is expedient to restore the entitlement of members of faculties to membership of Congregation until the age of 75, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Tit. XIV, Sect. III, cl. 1 (Statutes, 1995, p. 108, as amended by the statute approved by Congregation on 28 November 1995, Gazette, Vol. 126, pp. 407, 436), after `other than' insert `Congregation,'.

2 Ibid., cl. 2 (as amended by the same statute), delete `The said powers ... no case' and substitute `In no case, however,'.

3 Ibid., delete cl. 3 (as inserted by the same statute) and renumber existing cll. 4–7 (as renumbered by the same statute) as cll. 3–6.

4 Ibid., cl. 3, as renumbered by cl. 3 above, delete `Tit. II, Sect. III, cl. 7,'.

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Key to Statute (2)

Cl. 1 excludes Congregation from the definition of the word `committee' for the purposes of Tit. XIV, Sect. III, which governs university committees and analogous bodies.

Cl. 2 removes the provision, introduced in 1995 and now otiose, which prevented Council from exercising in respect of membership of Congregation its power to grant exemption in the case of individual members from the general age limit for university bodies.

Cll. 3 and 4 delete further provisions which were necessary in consequence of the earlier inclusion of Congregation in the definition of the word `committee'.

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