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Call for Abstracts

3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law

The Identity of Cooperatives and the Harmonization of Cooperatives Laws. Match or Mismatch?

12-13 December 2020, Seoul, Republic of Korea

On the occasion of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of the International Cooperative Alliance and within the framework of the World Cooperative Congress on Deepening Our Cooperative Identity, 11-16 December 2020

Context

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the 25th anniversary of the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity, the 33rd World Cooperative Congress will be held at COEX in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11-17 December 2020. 

The Congress offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and deepen the understanding of the cooperative identity and the profound social and economic impact of cooperatives worldwide.  How does the cooperative movement transform societies? How does the cooperative way of doing business create an innovative pathway to a sustainable future?

The Congress will explore how the cooperative identity positively addresses current global issues that demand a resolute response — climate action, sustainable development, conflicts and violence, income and wealth inequality, gender equality and the future of work. The competitive advantage of the cooperative identity — business performance, market share, best governance and management practices and the unique nature of cooperative capital will also be explored.

A “Call to Action” on the occasion of the ICA 125th anniversary will bring together the cooperative movement to discuss commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals that will most directly impact both global stability and human development.

The 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law will be organized on 12 – 13 December 2020 in Seoul as a pre-Congress event. The Forum will be a precursor for debates and discussions during the Congress.

Background on the International Forum on Cooperative Law and Suggested Topics

After the 1st International Forum on Cooperative Law at Montevideo in 2016 and the 2nd such event at Athens in 2018, the 3rd Forum takes place at Seoul, i.e. in yet another region of the ICA, namely in the Asia and Pacific. It is organized by Ius Cooperativum with the support of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Cooperative Law Committee. The theme of this Forum is “The Identity of Cooperatives and the Harmonization of Cooperative Laws. Match or Mismatch?”

Cooperative law is increasingly understood as the translation into legal rules of the cooperative principles as related to the cooperative values and to the definition of cooperatives laid down in the 1995 ICA Statement on the cooperative identity (ICA Statement). Not the least the 2001 United Nations “Guidelines aimed at creating a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives” (Paragraphs 9.-16.) and the International Labour Organization “Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002” (Paragraph 10.(1) et passim), ILO R. 193, attest to that. While this shared understanding recognizes the role of law as concerns the strengthening and the protection of the cooperative identity and as it confirms the raison d´être of cooperative law as a distinct field of legal science, the potentially counterproductive effects of the harmonization of cooperative laws, which these same international texts support, raises concerns.

Indeed, Paragraph 18 of ILO R. 193 suggests that “[I]nternational cooperation should be facilitated through […] developing, where it is warranted and possible […] common regional and international […] legislation to support cooperatives.” Opinions on the desirability and feasibility of the harmonization of cooperative law are divided, among practitioners and academics alike. Opponents invoke the close link between the idea of cooperatives and cultural givens to conclude that harmonization should not be pursued; proponents of the harmonization tend to refer to the harmonization of other business organization laws to conclude that harmonized law would create the same competitive conditions for cooperatives as it does for other types of enterprises. The former overlook the fact that a great number of cooperative laws are already harmonized and more are in the process of being harmonized; the latter tend to overlook the problems of harmonization; each emphasizes a different aspect of cooperatives, namely the associative and the entrepreneurial aspect, respectively. Both sides operate with a rather vague notion of “harmonization”. Both sides hint to an issue in the translation of the cooperative principles into law which is prone to turning the match between identity and harmonization into a mismatch: Principles imply diverse applications, including diverse cooperative laws; harmonized legal rules imply homogenizing abstractions from this diversity. The challenge consists in matching the possible need for harmonization with the need for diverse identities which constitute the identity of cooperatives.

The 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law is to produce insights into how to deal with this challenge and into the question whether the harmonization of cooperative law/s is an obstacle to or a facilitator for the translation of the cooperative principles into legal rules.

Therefore, contributions may deal with either or both of two interrelated sets of questions:

  1. Questions concerning the cooperative principles, such as (among others)
  2. Do cooperatives have a legal obligation to respect the cooperative principles?
  3. Do cooperatives translate the cooperative principles into rules of their statutes? Research from a legal sociological point of view.
  4. Considering the legal nature of the ICA Statement and the ILO R. 193, do legislators have to take the cooperative principles into account?
  5. Considering the legal nature of the ICA Statement and the ILO R. 193, is the difference between the ways they express the cooperative values and principles relevant?
  6. What is the entry point for the cooperative principles into legal rules? Direct or via legal principles? Legal principles of the legal order concerned or autonomously developed cooperative legal principles?
  7. What are the legal effects of the different ways by which the cooperative principles are being translated into legal rules (“simple” reference, inclusion, transcription…)? 
  8. Do legal traditions in the sense of comparative law impact the way the cooperative principles are being translated into legal rules?
  • Questions concerning the harmonization of cooperative law/s, such as (among others)
  • Clarification of the term “harmonization”. Harmonization, unification or approximation? At which level (national, regional, international)? Harmonization of what (the legal rules, and/or the interpretation of the cooperative principles)?
  • Mapping of existing and planned harmonizations. Classification of the way they take the cooperative principles into account. Assessment of their implementation, possibly as compared to the implementation of harmonized law governing other types of enterprises.
  • “Pros” and “cons” of the “harmonization”. From the point of view of economics, taking into account overall aims such as sustainable development and new technologies used in the production, distribution and consumption processes; from an organizational point of view where new technologies of telecommunication and blockchain allow for memberships in different jurisdictions and for the organizational integration into value chains across different jurisdictions; from the point of view of socio-psychology (collectives/connectives;           individualization/singularization and their impact on solidarity as the kernel of cooperatives).
  • Prerequisites for an effective “harmonization” in terms of a harmonized interpretation/ implementation/application. For example, the use of the  methodology/methodologies suggested by comparative law for the “harmonization” of laws.
  • The byelaw autonomy granted under law as a possible guardian of diversity in the unity of harmonized law/s.
  • Harmonized regional and/or international cooperative law as a guarantor of the identity of cooperatives?
  • Possible harmonizing effects of the 1966 Human Rights Covenants on cooperative law.

Details for submissions

Participants interested in presenting a paper are kindly invited to send an abstract of a maximum of 300 words in English before the 30th of April 2020 to Ifigeneia Douvitsa, at [email protected]

Scientific committee

Apps, Ann (Australia); Cracogna, Dante (Argentina); Fajardo, Gemma (Spain); Kurimoto, Akira (Japan); Meira, Deolinda (Portugal); Münkner, Hans-H. (Germany); Prasad, Bhagwati (India), Tadjudje, Willy (Africa); van der Sangen, Ger (Netherlands), Vladimirova, Oksana (Russian Federation).

Notification of acceptance of the abstract

Participants will be notified by the end of June 2020 about the acceptance or rejection of their abstract. There is no travel or dearness allowance provided to the selected presenters. However, a limited number of partial grants may be offered to young legal scholars to promote cooperative law among youth.  

Date and place of the Forum

The 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law will take place on December 12 and 13 on the occasion of the ICA Congress & General Assembly to be held at COEX in Seoul, Republic of Korea from December, 11 to17  2020.

Conference language

English

Information

Full information about the Forum will be posted on: www.iuscooperativum.org and on www.ica.coop

Please send your queries regarding the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law to Ifigeneia Douvitsa at [email protected]

Annexe 1 (Concept note of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress)

33rd World Cooperative Congress, Seoul, December 2020

Deepening our cooperative identity

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the ICA        
and the 25th anniversary of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity

Social and economic transformation is at the heart of recent movements such as the one to meet the climate change challenge, youth and gender movements and other movements responding to the environmental, economic and social challenges framed in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and, more generally, social unrest which mirrors increasingly unequal societies. Businesses in different corners of the world are reframing their purpose; global sustainability reporting initiatives are being redrafted, having realized that disclosure of various practices are not sufficient to turn around the economy and society. New business models are emerging, centred on, or advocating for ethical values and common good, such as corporations; social enterprises; Banking on Values. Even the US Roundtable of business leaders declared—in stark contrast to business as usual – that they are accountable to their stakeholders rather than only their shareholders.

In this context, cooperatives ought to be the leaders, rather than followers, based precisely on their distinct cooperative identity which provides them with legitimacy as enterprises in the service of people and the common good, rather than capital and profit.

The key question then can be framed around challenges and opportunities: how do cooperatives use the Statement of Cooperative Identity to their advantage; how is the cooperative movement transforming the economy and society, and in what ways can the cooperative model pave the way to a sustainable future?

It is through their identity that cooperatives exist in today’s world. Indeed, cooperatives would not exist as we know them, namely as a global and networked reality, if they had not established global common denominators, and if, as of 1995, these denominators had not evolved into a fully-fledged common identity.

The Statement on the Cooperative Identity, approved at the ICA Centenary Congress in 1995 in Manchester after a very long consultation process within the cooperative movement, not only brought about a more complete set of common denominators for cooperatives worldwide with a seventh principle, a series of foundational values and a definition, but, with these additions and the whole set of standards thus formed, it also constituted a profound qualitative leap forward by explicitly introducing the concept of cooperative identity.

The awareness of this identity over this quarter of a century has made substantial progress. The Guidance Notes on the Cooperative Principles, approved by the ICA general assembly in 2015 after two years of consultation within the cooperative movement, provides an important step forward in the understanding of the principles, which constitute the largest part of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity. Furthermore, by understanding better its common identity, the cooperative movement has since then been able to better integrate the plurality among different forms of cooperatives, including new types that have emerged since then.

International recognition has also followed suit: the cooperative identity has been formally recognized by the international community through the virtually unanimous approval in 2002 of ILO Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (n° 193), while UNESCO in 2016 has granted cooperatives the status of world intangible heritage through the German cooperative movement.

On the other hand, however, there still is a long way to go in order to bring into full play all the potential of the cooperative identity, whereas it is particularly urgent to do so in this period when the world if undergoing dramatic changes and challenges.

The ICA Congress provides an opportunity to celebrate and deepen the understanding of the cooperative identity. It can thus constitute both a point of arrival, by taking stock of these 25 years of development of the cooperative identity, and a point of departure, by launching a debate ushering in a deeper and more multi-faceted understanding of the role which the cooperative identity plays in setting the cooperative model apart from other forms of business and collective action.

The Congress shall debate how our cooperative identity positively impacts the current global issues (development, saving the planet, peace, etc.) and how our cooperative identity impacts global viewpoints on human development (dignity of work, impact of digital technology, gender equity, etc.).

In the same line, the Congress shall include a “Call to Action” on the occasion of the ICA’s 125th anniversary, with the ICA sectoral organizations previously polling their members on the top three priorities that would most impact both global stability and human development. Each sector would then bring to Seoul public commitments to achieve measurable results with applicable SDGs in their sector as derived from polling their grassroots members. These commitments would be incorporated into the 2020 Congress Declaration and would then be monitored in the 2020-2030 timeframe consistent with the 2020-2030 ICA Strategic Plan.

Call for submissions for the 3rd issue of the International Journal of Cooperative Law

Publication Date: NOVEMBER 2020

Deadline for Submissions: 29th OF February 2020

Submission Requirements:

  •          Language: English
  •          No length limitation
  •          Submitted File Format: Word Document
  •          Submitted File Name: “SURNAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE OF CONTRIBUTION”

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Detailed instructions below

The International Journal of Cooperative Law (IJCL), issued by Ius Cooperativum (an international group of cooperative lawyers), is the first ever academic, peer reviewed, online, open access journal explicitly focused on cooperative law.

Two issues have already been published, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019 and they are available at the following link <https://iuscooperativum.org/issues/>

The focus of the IJCL is cooperative law, broadly defined all those legal rules – laws, administrative acts, court decisions, jurisprudence, cooperative bylaws/statutes or any other source of law – which regulate the structure and/or the operations of cooperatives as enterprises in the economic sense and as institutions in the legal sense, including provisions from other areas of law, applicable to cooperatives (such as tax law, labor law, competition law). Its purpose is to stimulate the development of an international thinking in cooperative law and to include cooperative law into the major academic debates about the future of business law or the regulation of enterprises.

IJCL publishes articles, reviews, case studies, case-law commentaries, empirical research pieces or book reviews for a wider audience on topics related to national, regional or international cooperative law, including transnational and comparative perspectives. The IJCL has no geographical limitation nor one by legal traditions; it seeks to cover cooperative law worldwide. Contributions through the lens of law per se will be complemented with other approaches, such as the approaches of law and economics, political and social sciences. The IJCL is mainly addressed to legal scholars and academics, without excluding practitioners and professionals with an interest in the field.

LANGUAGE

The language of the journal is English. Nevertheless, contributions may also be submitted in French, German or Spanish. If accepted, the author will be invited to translate the manuscript into English.

PROCESS

The contributions will be subject to an anonymous peer-reviewing process, during which the article will be evaluated, and a decision will be made for the article’s acceptance, revision or rejection. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Structure of contribution:

At the first page, please write down the title of your contribution, your surname, first name and affiliation. Please also include an abstract. A bibliography shall be at the end of the contribution.

File to be send:

Please send your contribution by email subject: “Submission for the 3rd issue of IJCL” at [email protected]

Continental Congress of Cooperative Law in Costa Rica

First announcement

(San José) Costa Rica, November 2019

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the First Continental Congress of Cooperative Law that took place in Mérida, Venezuela, in November 1969, a new Continental Congress will be held this year coinciding with the XXI Regional Conference.

The meeting, which is the seventh in the series, will be held in the month of November 2019 in the city of San José, Costa Rica, at the headquarters of the Bar Association of that country, which has generously sponsored the meeting.

The Congress continues the line of the previous Continental Congresses that made important contributions to the progress of the legislation and to the development of Cooperative Law studies in the American Continent, the last one being held in Montevideo (Uruguay) in November 2016.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to evaluate the progress made in the matter since the pioneer day accomplished fifty years ago with the participation of delegates from many countries of the continent.

The call is addressed to lawyers linked to cooperative work in its various manifestations, professors and scholars of the subject, magistrates, and officials of public bodies related to cooperatives. Specially invited leaders of the cooperative movement may also participate.

The agenda of the Congress deals with the issues of greater theoretical and practical relevance of Cooperative Law at present and its development will be based on the analysis and discussion of the papers presented by the delegates.

Shortly will be made known the details of the organization, agenda, date for the presentation of papers and registration.

ICA Research conference Berlin 8-2019: Forum/Session proposal

Hagen Henrÿ

ICA – CCR European Research Conference Berlin, 21-23 August, 2019 Cooperatives and the Transformation of Business and Society

Proposal to the ICA Europe research committee for a forum/session on cooperative law and Call for respective papers

Topic: Transformation. Cooperative identity. Cooperative law

The financial and economic crises in the 1920ies affected cooperatives less than other forms of enterprise. The same is true for the crises that began in 2007/2008. Especially those countries with a diversity of forms of financial institutions proved to be relatively more resilient against the shocks than countries with a lesser degree of diversity.

And yet, policy, regulatory and legal measures continue putting the necessity for enterprise diversity into doubt and the identity of cooperative enterprises at risk, regardless of the recognition by governments around the world of the cooperative identity, as laid down in the 1995 International Cooperative Alliance Statement on the cooperative identity (ICA Statement), the 2001 United Nations Guidelines aimed at creating a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives (UN Guidelines), and the 2002 International Labor Organization Recommendation No.193 concerning the promotion of cooperatives (ILO R. 193).

Since the beginning of the 1970ies, such measures tend to approximate the legal features of cooperatives with those of capitalistic enterprises (companization). As of the 1990ies, those measures aim to harmonize the governance structures of all enterprise forms (convergence). This has been reinforced in the aftermath of the latest financial crisis and as the corporate social responsibility (CSR) is being extended to include societal aspects (CSSR) and as it is juridifying.

At its General Assembly in 2018 the ICA established an Identity Committee. It is to suggest actions in view of ensuring the respect for the cooperative identity. The renascent community of cooperative lawyers around the world should be as concerned as the ICA is, as with the identity of cooperative enterprises disappears the very object of their interest and lawmakers have an obligation to translate the cooperative identity into legal rules.

This translation needs taking account of the reasons which have led and continue to lead to companizing the cooperative form of enterprise and to streamlining the governance structures of all enterprise forms (convergence). In addition, differentiating cooperatives through law from other types of enterprises for the sake of recognizing the choice of a large number of people around the world and for the sake of diversity has become a complex issue. Both, the competitive advantage of cooperatives as empirical entities and the competitive advantage of the cooperative enterprise type needs preserving. Furthermore, the factors that transform every aspect of our economies and societies and which are described in the Call for papers for this conference, impact the set-up of cooperative enterprises in at least three ways: Firstly, as do all enterprises, cooperatives also integrate ever more organizationally into vertical and horizontal, data processing chains, which they do not control. Secondly, the positions of producer and consumer merge ever more. Thirdly, private and public law entities merge organizationally into new types of organizations (for example in the education, health and energy sectors). 

Contributions to this session may, for example,

  • deal with policy, regulatory and legal measures, which put the identity of cooperatives at risk
  • discuss legal reform measures, which contribute to the continued diversity of enterprise forms
  • discuss ways which lead out of the imbroglio of the notions of values and principles as underlying the ICA Statement, the ILO R. 193, philosophy and ethics and legal science  
  • discuss the potential contribution of organizational enterprise law to the resilience of economies against shocks
  • discuss those legal features of cooperatives which seem to make them resilient.

Deadline for abstracts: Please send Your abstract no later than February 10, 2019 to me at [email protected]

IJCL- Call for papers for the 2nd issue

The International Journal of Cooperative Law (IJCL), issued by Ius Cooperativum (an international community of cooperative lawyers), is the first ever academic, peer reviewed, online, open access journal explicitly focused on cooperative law.

Its first issue was published in July 2018 and it is available here.

The focus of the IJCL is cooperative law, broadly defined all those legal rules – laws, administrative acts, court decisions, jurisprudence, cooperative bylaws/statutes or any other source of law – which regulate the structure and/or the operations of cooperatives as enterprises in the economic sense and as institutions in the legal sense, including provisions from other areas of law, applied to cooperatives (such as tax law, labor law, competition law). Its purpose is to stimulate the development of an international thinking in cooperative law and to include cooperative law into the major academic debates about the future of business law or the regulation of enterprises.
IJCL publishes articles, reviews, case studies, case-law commentaries, empirical research pieces or book reviews for a wider audience on topics related to national, regional or international cooperative law, including global and comparative perspectives. The IJCL has no geographical limitation nor one by legal traditions; quite the contrary, it seeks to cover cooperative law worldwide. Contributions through the lens of law per se will be complemented with other approaches, such as the approaches of law and economics, political and social sciences. The IJCL is mainly addressed to legal scholars and academics, without excluding practitioners and professionals with an interest in the field however.


Authors that are interested in contributing to the IJCL’s second issue – to be published before June 2019 – are invited to submit their work at [email protected] before the 31st of January 2019.

Exceptionally, contributions that have been previously published elsewhere and are of major interest for cooperative law may also be considered for publication, under the condition that there will be no copyrights’ infringements.

LANGUAGE
The language of the journal is English. Nevertheless, contributions may also be submitted in French, German or Spanish. However, if accepted, the author will be invited to translate the manuscript into English.

LENGTH
There are no minimum or maximum requirements with regard to the length of the submitted manuscript

PROCESS
The contributions will be subject to an anonymous peer-reviewing process, during which the article will be evaluated and a decision will be made for the article’s acceptance, revision or rejection.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Structure of contribution:
At the first page, please write down the title of your contribution, your surname, first name and affiliation. Please also include an abstract. The references shall be at the end of the contribution.

File to be send:
Please send your contribution in “Word Document” format at the e-mail [email protected] (email subject: “Submission for the second issue of IJCL”). The name of the file shall be the following “SURNAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE OF CONTRIBUTION”.

The 1st issue is out now!

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Practical Information

All travelling and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants.

  1. Registration Fees: The participation at the conference is free of charge
  2. Venue: Hellenic Open University, Athens Department, Tzortz 4 − Square Kaniggos, 10677, Athens
  3. Lodging Possibilities:

– Welcommon Hostel, Kapodistriou Str. 4, 10682, (120 m from venue)  https://welcommonhostel.gr/

– Meliá Athens, Chalkokondili 14 & 28th October Ave, Athens 106 77    (110m from venue)

https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/greece/athens/melia-athens/index.html

– Polis Grant Hotel, 19 Patision and 10 Veranzerou Str., Athens, 104 32 (210m from venue) http://www.polisgrandhotel.gr/

– Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou 52, Athens 10678   (450m from venue) http://www.titania.gr/

 

  1. Accesibility

The venue is:

  • 1h 30min away from Athens International Airport
  • 6 min- (450meters) away from the Metro station OMONOIA

2018 Summer School course

Short Course on “Cooperative law for sustainable development” (7.8.-23.8.2018, University of Helsinki): the deadline for application submission is due on the 31th of July, 2018. For more information please visit http://www.helsinkisummerschool.fi/courses/course/cooperative-law-for-sustainable-development/

 

Deadline Extension

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the 2nd International Forum on Cooperative law will be extended until the end of July.

 

2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law “COOPERATIVE LAW AND COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES”  Athens, 26-28 September 2018

PROGRAM (including powerpoint presentations/videos)

Wednesday, 26 of September


10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30- 11:45    Opening Session

Chair: Kassavetis Demosthenis, Organizing Committee

Kardasis Vasilis, Dean of the Hellenic Open University

Hellenic Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity

Roelants Bruno, Director General, International Cooperative Alliance

Message by the International Labour Organization/video

Henrÿ Hagen- Introduction to the program and latest developments in cooperative law

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00- 14:00  The legal relevance of the cooperative principles for cooperative law

Chair: Fajardo Gemma

Fajardo Gemma, The participation of the member in the economic activity of the cooperative as an essential element of their identity

Frantzeskaki Maria, Fostering the cooperative principle of the democratic member control/powerpoint presentation

Stamboulis Yeoryios, The economic reasoning of cooperative law institutions/powerpoint presentation

Gaudio Ronaldo, Cooperative identity in two dimensions – Dialogue between cooperative principles and economic structure to improve regulation and development/powerpoint presentation

Karathanos Vayos,The nutritional research on Corinthian currant as a vehicle for development of a modern Cooperative.

José Eduardo de Miranda, de Souza, Leonardo, The secondary role of cooperative principles in Brazilian law and its effect on the autonomy of cooperative law/powerpoint presentation

14:00- 15:00 Break 2

15:00- 16:30 Round Table between economists and lawyers, the motto being: “What can we/what must we learn from each other”?

16:30 – Acropolis Museum Visit

17:00-19:00  Workshop for students and lawyers: Introduction to cooperatives and cooperative law – Collaboration with European Law Students’ Association – Henrÿ Hagen, Kassavetis Demosthenis

 

Thursday, 28 of September 2018


10:00 10:30   Registration

10:30 -12:00 Cooperative law and the legal framework of the social economy

Chair: Geormas Konstantinos

Kalimeri Eleni, Barkas Ioannis, The legal framework of the Social Solidarity Economy in Greece

Adam Sofia, Cooperatives as Social Solidarity Economy Agents. The case of Law 4430 2016 in Greece/powerpoint presentation

Melissourgos Georgios, Salasidou Panagiota, Meddling with the chaos: Which Greek legal forms may hold the status of Bodies of Social Solidarity Economy?

Geormas Konstantinos, New legal environment of the Greek Social and Solidarity Economy Impediments and opportunities for the development of the sector/presentation

Mprechas Loukas, Greek legislation and cooperative identity- SSE /powerpoint presentation [in Greek]

Tryfona Ioanna, Keranis Giorgos, Recommendations on the framework of Worker Buyouts of failing or bankrupt companies within the context of Social and Solidarity Economy organizations

12:00: 12:15 Break 1

12:15- 14:15     The legal relevance of the cooperative principles for other fields of law
Chair: Nikolaou Kostas

Vouroutzis Zisis, The liability of the governing bodies of agricultural cooperatives in relation to the provisions of the environmental legislation

Silva, Vanessa, Brazilian Environmental Law, Cooperatives and Social Responsibility/powerpoint presentation

Ferraz Teixeira Marianna, Cooperativism and the gender inclusion at labor market and access to credit/powerpoint presentation

Nikolaou Kostas, Social and legal aspects of the co-operative labor/powerpoint presentation

Saridis Isidoros, The provisions of Greek tax law according to social economy enterprises

14:15- 15:00 Break 2

15:00- 17:00 Legal requirements for specific types of cooperatives by sector (e.g. agricultural, banking, energy cooperatives)
Chair: Cusa Emanuele

Singh Sukhpal, Farmer Producer Companies as Legal and Institutional Innovation in Agriculture in India An examination of potential, impact, challenges, and policy/powerpoint presentation

Fefes Michael, The greek anti-paradigm. How legislation on agricultural cooperatives causes their failure/powerpoint presentation

Kapellidis Manolis, The need to modernize the legal framework on cooperative banks

Cusa Emanuele, Renewable energy communities and energy cooperatives.Organizational innovations to combine democracy and sustainable development/powerpoint presentation

17:00- 17:15 Break 3

17: 15 – 18: 45  Legal requirements for specific types of cooperatives by governance/structure (e.g. workers’ cooperatives, multi-stakeholder cooperatives, social cooperatives)

Chair: Meira Deolinda

Koupidis Sotiris, Buying social: Social cooperatives and public procurement

Mytrosyli Maria, The establishment of limited liability social cooperatives as a treatment facility and social enterprise/powerpoint presentation [in Greek]

Sarmiento Antonio, The social cooperatives of services for workers and the need of an adequate legal framework for their operation/powerpoint presentation

Meira Deolinda, The Portuguese social solidarity cooperatives versus the general interest cooperatives/powerpoint presentation

Aitor Bengoetxea, Employment in worker cooperatives

 

Friday, 28 of September 2018


10:00 10:30 Registration

10:30- 11:40 The harmonization and unification of cooperative law at national, regional and international level
Chair: Ger Van der Sangen

Ger Van der Sangen, The Principles of European Cooperative Law and their Impact on Future Law-making on Cooperatives/powerpoint presentation

Kaponis Panos, Interferences of state and courts in the cooperatives’ function/presentation [in Greek]

Santoso Edy, Cooperative principles on transportation network policy through opening new deal collaboration/powerpoint presentation

Cesar Milena, The judicial precedent as a tool for research and study of Cooperative Law The Brazilian experience/powerpoint presentation

Douvitsa Ifigeneia, The unification of the Greek cooperative legal framework/powerpoint presentation

11:40-12:00 Break 1

12:00- 13:10 Cooperative law and human rights
Chair: Tsironas Thanasis

Hiez David, Voluntary membership: up to which point do cooperatives support liberalism?

Filippou Dionysis, The Greek constitutional provisions on cooperatives

Tsironas Thanasis, The formation of compulsory cooperative by law and the principle of proportionality

João Telmo Oliveira Filho, The right of cooperativism as a fundamental right: The constitutional principles and normative guidelines of Brazilian cooperativism as elements for the characterization of the fundamental right to cooperativism

13:10- 14:00 Break 2

14:00- 15:30 Cooperative law and globalization.
Chair: Tziva Efi

Tziva Efi, The cooperative banks inside and outside the financial crisis./powerpoint presentation

Nagao Menezes, Daniel Francisco, Technological Innovation, Cooperatives and Globalization in the Brazilian scenario/powerpoint presentation

DeryaNazan Ünverir, Özkan, Aybike, Cooperative Practices in Turkey for sustainable development/powerpoint presentation

Mannan, Morshed, Platform Cooperatives in Light of PECOL/powerpoint presentation

Solel Yifat, The Democratic Principle in the age of cyber Can „The Law‟ be used to the democratic principle in the age of cyber/powerpoint presentation

15:30- 15:45 Break 3

15:45- 17:45 Educational programs in the field of cooperative law
Chair: Henrÿ Hagen
Kapogiannis Dimitrios, Vathi- Sarava Panagiota, Educational cooperatives as activating institutions in creative collective activities/powerpoint presentation

Anthopoulou Theodosia, Kavoulakos Karolos, The importance of distance learning programs for the development of SSE

Henrÿ Hagen, The summer school on “Cooperative law for sustainable development” and the cooperative network studies, Ruralia Institute, Helsinki University

Tools for the research and study of cooperative law
Romenteau Arielle, Moxom Jeffrey, Obongo Erick, Dave Mohit, Legal Framework Analyses and the ICA-EU Partnership/powerpoint presentation

Bellis Vasilis, Douvitsa Ifigeneia, Kavoulakos Karolos, Nikolaou Kostas, Papaphilippou Aspa & Tzakou Anna, Approaching a dictionary on basic concepts/powerpoint presentation

Ann Apps, Robyn Donnelly and Elizabeth Makin, The co-op builder – an online tool for new Australian co-ops/powerpoint presentation

Ius Cooperativum: International Journal of Cooperative Law- World Map of cooperative lawyers

17: 45-18:00 Break 4

18:00- 18: 45 Conclusions- Henrÿ Hagen

18: 45- Dinner


 

2ND INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON COOPERATIVE LAW- CALL FOR PAPERS 

The 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law follows the one organized in 2016 at Montevideo, Uruguay. The fruitful outcome of the Montevideo Forum – both as concerns the number of participants and the positive feed-back –  led to the decision to organize such meetings biannually.

The 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law will be organized  at Athens by Ius Cooperativum, with the support of the International Co-operative Alliance and  of two local co-organizers: the Hellenic Open University (Athens) and the Peoples’ University on Social and Solidarity Economy (Thessaloniki).

 

Aim

Under the overall theme of “Cooperative Law and Cooperative Principles”, which is to point to the relevance of the internationally recognized cooperative principles for cooperative law, the 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law will focus on the place of the cooperative principles in cooperative law, the research and education in the field of cooperative law, and on an exchange of views on cooperatives by lawyers and economists.

 

The themes of the Forum might include:

  1. The legal relevance (if any) of the cooperative principles for cooperative law
  2. The legal relevance (if any) of the cooperative principles for other fields of law (e.g. constitutions, administration law, tax law, bankruptcy law, labor law, competition law, bankruptcy law, audit regulations, book-keeping and accounting standards)
  3. Legal requirements (if any) for specific types of cooperatives, either by sector (e.g. agricultural, banking, energy cooperatives), or by governance/structure (e.g. workers’ cooperatives, multi-stakeholder cooperatives, social cooperatives)
  4. The unification of cooperative law at national, regional and international levels
  5. Cooperative law and the legal framework of the social economy
  6. Cooperative law and globalization.
  7. Policies on research and education in the field of cooperative law
  8. Educational programs in the field of cooperative law
  9. Tools for the research and study of cooperative law.

It is also planned to have a dialogue on any of the above or related themes between economists and lawyers, the motto being: “What can we/what must we learn from each other”?

Call for expression of interest

To express your interest in attending, please send an email to Ifigeneia Douvitsa (at: [email protected]) no later than the end of July.

If you would like to speak at the event, you are kindly invited to submit an abstract of 500-800 words to Ifigeneia Douvitsa (at: [email protected]), indicating one of the above-mentioned themes, to which it relates, no later than the end of July.

The full papers should be submitted no later than 28th August 2018 and may be considered for publication for the 2nd issue of the International Journal of Cooperative Law.

 

Organizing Committee

Alexopoulos, Yiorgos (Greece); Anthopoulou, Theodosia (Greece), Douvitsa, Ifigeneia (Greece); Giagnocavo, Cynthia (Spain); Gritzas, Giorgos (Greece); Henrÿ, Hagen (Finland); Hiez, David (Luxemburg); Kassavetis, Demosthenis (Greece); Kavoulakos, Karolos (Greece); Kritsikis, Alexandros (Greece); Nikolaou, Kostas (Greece); Roelants, Bruno (Belgium); Saridis, Isidoros (Greece); Snaith, Ian (UK).

Scientific Committee

Apps, Ann (Australia); Cracogna, Dante (Argentina); Fajardo, Gemma (Spain); Fici, Antonio (Italy); Geormas, Kostas (Greece); Kintis, Stavros (Greece); Kurimoto, Akura (Japan); Meira, Deolinda (Portugal); Munkner, Hans (Germany); Papageorgiou, Costas (Greece), Tadjudje, Willy (Africa); van der Sangen, Ger (Netherlands), Vladimirova, Oksana (Russian Federation).

 

 

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