CIPL consists of an Executive Committee and a General Assembly.
The General Assembly meets every five years during the International Congress of Linguists (ICL). During this meeting the representatives can apply for the organization of the next ICL. Also the election for President, Vice-President, Secretary-General and Executive Committee is held on that occasion. A Nominating Committee is responsible for the preparation of these elections. More information on the organisation of the elections, see Bylaws.
The newly elected Executive Committee has a meeting at the congressvenue, but also one year after the ICL; not only to evaluate the congress but also to choose the venue of the next ICL.