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Our Constitution

The Constitution of the Cambridge Union is made up of three documents which inter-relate:

The Memorandum and Articles of Association deal with the incorporation of the Society as a charity in law, and the Governance Framework deals with matters relating to employment and financial management. These documents are rarely altered. 

The Constitution contains the Laws, and Rules. This is a living document that can be changed by Standing Committee and the Board of Trustees, so the listed date on the file is the last time the document was altered. The Laws are the bulk of the rules governing the Society, and the most relevant to members – here are detailed the Officers and their duties, Election rules, the complaints and appeal procedures, and so on. The Regulations are day-to-day rules made by Standing Committee including things like debate rules, the guest policy, and appointed positions. The Rules cover specific elements of how the Union operates day-to-day, and set out specific provisions that must be followed. 

All of these documents can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. For more information regarding these documents, please contact

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