New Study Group on European Cooperative Law: 'Principles' Project

11 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012  

Gemma Fajardo

University of Valencia

Antonio Fici

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

Hagen Henrÿ

University of Helsinki

David Hiez

Universite du Luxembourg

Hans-Hermann Münkner

Independent

Ian Snaith

Leicester Law School

Date Written: February 14, 2012

Abstract

This paper presents both a new scientific network named “Study Group on European Cooperative Law” (SGECOL), and the “Principles of European Cooperative Law” (PECOL) project, which SGECOL has identified as its first research activity.

SGECOL is a European group of cooperative law scholars, established in Trento (Italy), at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse), in November 2011. SGECOL’s general objective is to conduct comparative research on cooperative law in Europe, thus promoting increased awareness and understanding of cooperative law within the legal, academic and governmental communities at national, European and international level. SGECOL intends to achieve this objective through various research initiatives on cooperative law, beginning with the drafting of PECOL.

PECOL will take the form of legal provisions accompanied by explanatory comments. They will be developed on the basis of the existing cooperative law in Europe, focusing in particular on six European jurisdictions (Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK). PECOL, however, will not simply summarize and describe the common core of European national cooperative laws. Going beyond that, the project aims to present the main general provisions through which – in the authors’ view – cooperative law should be formulated to provide cooperatives with a definite and distinct legal identity vis-a-vis other business organizations.

The PECOL project does not serve a single specific purpose, still less is its goal to impose harmonization on national cooperative laws. PECOL will be a scientific and scholarly work, capable of serving many potential functions, depending on the users’ particular needs.

Keywords: Study Group on European cooperative law, Principles of European cooperative law, European cooperative law, Comparative cooperative law, European Union, Business Law, Cooperatives

JEL Classification: K29, L29, L39

Suggested Citation

Fajardo, Gemma and Fici, Antonio and Henrÿ, Hagen and Hiez, David and Münkner, Hans-Hermann and Snaith, Ian, New Study Group on European Cooperative Law: 'Principles' Project (February 14, 2012). Euricse Working Paper No. 24/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2005019 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2005019

Gemma Fajardo

University of Valencia ( email )

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Antonio Fici (Contact Author)

University of Molise

Via De Sanctis
Campobasso, Campobasso (CB) 86100
Italy

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

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

Hagen Henrÿ

University of Helsinki ( email )

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

David Hiez

Universite du Luxembourg ( email )

L-1511 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Hans-Hermann Münkner

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Ian Snaith

Leicester Law School ( email )

University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

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