Cooperative Identity and the Law

27 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012 Last revised: 17 May 2012

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Antonio Fici

University of Molise; European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprise (EURICSE)

Date Written: February 14, 2012


This paper deals with the legal identity of cooperatives. It is divided into three parts. The first part discusses the role and function of law and of comparative legal research on the topic of cooperative identity (sec. 2). The second part focuses on cooperative identity within the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Principles and the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity at large (sec. 3). The third part compares the ICA Statement on cooperative identity with the legal identity that several European jurisdictions assign to cooperatives (sec. 4). Conclusions follow.

Keywords: Cooperatives, Cooperative law, Cooperative identity, Comparative cooperative law, European cooperative law, Cooperative principles

JEL Classification: K29, L29, L39

Suggested Citation

Fici, Antonio, Cooperative Identity and the Law (February 14, 2012). Euricse Working Paper No. 23/12, European Business Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Antonio Fici (Contact Author)

University of Molise

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European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprise (EURICSE) ( email )

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