The Philohr Society encourages, collects, and disseminates on
the Internet the titles of the rigorous scholarship on the universal
moral philosophy of Human Rights.
The mission of the Philohr Society is entrusted to a Board of
Governors. The majority of the Board shall be comprised of philosophers
at the secondary and tertiary levels of scholarship from all
philosophical specializations and academic disciplines. A minority
of the Board is comprised of interested professionals. The UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights has an open invitation to
serve as an Ex-Officio member of the Board.
The Philohr Society has no regular meetings unless called for
by majority vote of the Board of Governors, although national
and individual university chapters may regularly meet, with
their meetings required to be both inclusive and democratic.
3. A national or university chapter may be comprised of a sole
scholar at the secondary or tertiary level, or an interested
Each national or university chapter elects one of its members
to serve as their representative to the Board of Governors of
the Philohr Society for a two-year term. The election of university
presidents and chancellors are welcome, as well as professional
philosophers and other scholars at secondary and tertiary levels
of scholarship from all academic disciplines. The elected Board
of Governors appoints a non-salaried Director to administrate
the Society for one or more two-year terms, and the Director
serves at the sole pleasure of a majority vote of the entire
Any removal of a member of the Board of Governors is made by
majority vote of the Board, or by majority vote of the national
chapters. Any de-listing of a chapter by the Board of Governors
is by majority vote. The removal of a member of the Board of
Governors or the de-listing of a chapter shall be for any action
deemed injurious to the mission or impartial reputation of the
The Philohr Society, nor its chapters, promote or advocate other
than: a) to encourage university administrations to develop
the philosophy of Human Rights as a course of study for interested
students within their institution, and b) to encourage booksellers,
university and public libraries to develop a distinct location
for books on the philosophy of Human Rights.
The Philohr Society and its national chapters are prohibited
from affiliating with other non-governmental organizations (NGO's).
Individual members of the Philohr Society may, of course, affiliate
with or join another NGO, but they may not represent any Philohr
Societies by their attendance at another organization's meetings,
conferences, or symposiums.
While individual members of the Society or its national chapters
may say or write whatever they please on any topic at any time,
for the deliberate protection of the safety of its members,
the Philohr Society and its national chapters are prohibited
from issuing any policy statements--and are especially prohibited
from officially expressing support of or opposition to any individual,
issue, or cause--not associated with its Mission Statement.
Guest speakers to any meeting of the Philohr Society or its
national chapters are encouraged to address topics related to
the Society's Mission Statement, or to the amendment of this
The Philohr Society and its chapters will honor all copyright
The Philohr Society will publish world-wide, on August 19th
of each year, the total numbers of scholars who list 'Human
Rights' as one of their philosophical specializations in their
professional directories. The same public notice may note those
institutions of higher learning with departments of philosophy
which do not offer the philosophy of Human Rights for their
This Charter is amendable by two-thirds vote of the entire Board
All meetings of the Philohr Society or its national chapters
shall begin and conclude with humor.
The Philohr Society collects no dues, although national chapters
may choose to require dues of their national members.
All meeting minutes, financial statements, and correspondence
by the chapters, by the Board of Governors, or by the Director,
are to be made immediately available for perusal by any member
of the Society upon written or verbal request.
The Philohr Society will maintain one locus for the collection
and dissemination of scholarship on the philosophy of Human
Rights, relying upon the individual chapters to provide encouragement,
critiques, and reviews from all possible sources, including
from separate specializations within the profession of philosophy
as well as from other academic disciplines such as law, economics,
sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, political science,
international affairs, etc. This locus is to be maintained free
of fees to the members.
Any funding of the Philohr Society's mission obtained by the
Director is subject to approval or denial by the majority vote
of the Board of Governors. All funds in or out of the Philohr
Society's financial accounts are to be transparent, independently
audited, and legally reported to the Board of Governors, to
all national chapters, and to all appropriate regulatory agencies.
The Board of Governors shall maintain the status of the Philohr
Society as an educational non-profit organization with all appropriate
regulatory agencies. Those national chapters which decide to
collect dues shall also maintain an identical, educational non-profit
status with their national regulatory agencies.