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Template of statutes of association
These template statutes have been designed to serve as a basis for all types of associations, whether large or small, international or local. However, it would be wrong and contrary to the spirit of the association to consider using the present template without customising it. Therefore, this model should be considered as a basis on which each association should develop its own principles, and include them in its statutes.
Swiss law, in particular the Civil Code , offers great flexibility and decision-making autonomy in matters of association law, which allows a great deal of latitude when drafting statutes.
This model has been designed to serve as a basis for all types of associations, whether large or small, local or international. But it would be wrong, and contrary to the spirit of the association, to think that this model can be used without being adapted. It is therefore appropriate to consider this model as a basis from which each association must develop its own principles and include them in its statutes.
The elements appearing in square brackets […] are suggestions which can be adapted according to the needs of the association.
Comments are added to facilitate the understanding of certain articles; they are identified by gray frames.
The original French version shall prevail.
This document has been made available free of charge by the CAGI.
However, the CAGI cannot be held responsible for the use of this document and it should not be considered as legal advice.
Each association is responsible for drafting its own statutes in accordance with Swiss law and its own needs and objectives, and to seek for proper and individualized legal advice, if needed.
Download the model statutes in a bilingual version, or in an editable version depending on your association.
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