Month: October 2016


A selection of papers on cooperative law presented at the ICA Research Conference “New Strategies for Co-operatives: Understanding and Managing Co-operative Creation“, 24-27 May, Almeria, Spain*.

  • Hagen Henrÿ,

Cooperative unions and federations as part of the governance and organizational design of primary cooperatives


  • David Hiez,

The general interest cooperatives: a challenge for cooperative law.


  • Francisco José Torres Pérez,

Cooperatives between State control and the Collaborative Economy (draft version)


  • García García, Francisco de Borja.

The relevance of the principles of co-operatism within Co-operative Law.


  • Ifigeneia Douvitsa,

Greek cooperative legislation during the post-crisis years: Between companization and socialization

link: greek_cooperative_legislation_during_the_post-crisis_years_-_between_companization_and_socialization


Course “CO-OPERATIVE ENTERPRISE LAW”, Helsinki University, 2016-2017



PLEASE NOTE! This course was held in 2014 and 2015, new courses will be arranged in 2017.

Target Students

Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including professionals already working, interested in co-operative law.


Co-operative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. The repeated crisis resilience of co-operatives and the growing awareness that sustainable development issues must also be addressed by and through enterprises bring this shortcoming to light. The issue is tackled by international governmental instruments and by the International Cooperative Alliance Blueprint for the Cooperative Decade 2011–2020.

This course is to create an understanding of the factors which shape co-operative law. The term “co-operative law” also incorporates other fields of law as they impact on the structure and operations of co-operatives, such as labour law, tax law, competition law and accounting and bookkeeping standards, as well as law making and implementation procedures. As students come from different national backgrounds, reference to specific co-operative laws will only be made by way of example.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the students will be able to distinguish the co-operative form of enterprise from other forms, especially from the stock company, in terms of its legal structure. This includes co-operative management and governance, the nature and structure of its capital and its control mechanisms.

The students will learn about developments that shape co-operative laws, not least as co-operatives take new forms under globalisation. These complex developments include a general trend to harmonise law; the emergence of international regulations which directly impact on enterprises; regional co-operative legislation and regional model laws.

Course format and teaching methods

Classroom teaching connected to course literature and blended learning elements (digital material) and visits to co-operative organisations.

For more information please visit:

1st International Forum on Co-operative Law


Holiday Inn Hotel



On 16-18 November 2016, the Co-operative Law Committee (CLC) of the International Co-operative Alliance (Alliance) will organise the 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law, in collaboration with the CLC of Cooperatives of the Americas, which will hold at the same time its Continental Congress on Co-operative Law.

The 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law and the Continental Congress on Co-operative Law will:

  • take stock of initiatives related to knowledge on co-operative law and
  • explore how co-operative law can respond to 21st century economic and social challenges.

For more information about the content of the Forum and to express your interest in attending as a participant and/or a speaker, please download the call for expression of interest below. Expressions of interest must be received by 1st September 2016.

The programme is available for download below.

Contact person: Hagen Henrÿ

Email: [email protected]



Programme: 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law

Call for Expression of Interest: 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law

Registration form: 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law

Hotel information: 1st International Forum on Co-operative Law

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