International handbook of cooperative law

The International Handbook of Cooperative Law has just been published. This book represents a fundamental instrument for training and research, especially comparative, in the area of cooperative law. Legal scholars from 30 countries, spearheaded by co-editors Dante Cracogna, Antonio Fici and Hagen Henrÿ, jointly contributed to a unique book which presents and describes in the same context and in the same language their national cooperative laws, provides the reader with common concepts and terminology, and shows existing trends in cooperative law.


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The degree of development reached by cooperatives of different sectors throughout the world, which among others led to the UN declaring 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, needs to be accompanied by a similar development of corresponding legislation. To this end, a better knowledge of cooperative law from the comparative point of view, as has already been established for other types of enterprises, becomes of great importance. This book strives to fill this gap, and is divided into four parts. The first part offers an analytic and conceptual framework with which to understand, study and assess cooperative law from a transnational and comparative perspective.

The second part includes several chapters dealing with attempts to harmonize cooperative laws. The third part contains an overview of more than 30 national cooperative laws, while the last part summarizes and compares these national cooperative laws, thus laying the foundation for a comparative cooperative law doctrine.


Dante Cracogna - is a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Buenos Aires. He holds a Doctorate in Law issued by the University of Buenos Aires; is a member of the Argentine Institute for Research on Social Economy (the Argentine section of CIRIEC); a member of the Advisory Group on Legislation of the International Cooperative Alliance; coordinator of the Legal Committee of the Specialized Forum of Mercosur Co-operatives; coordinator of the Experts Commission appointed by the Organization of the Cooperatives of Americas (OCA) for drafting a Model Law for Cooperatives in Latin America; Vice Chairman of the Argentine Federation of Consumer Cooperatives. He was a member of the Commission which drafted the Argentine Cooperative Act; director of the National Institute for Argentine Cooperatives; adviser of the House of Representatives for Cooperatives, Mutuals and NGOs; chairman of the International Association of Cooperative Law (with headquarters at Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain); director of Institutional Affairs of the Association of Argentine Cooperatives (ACA); a member of the Central Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA); an external consultant of the UN and the ILO. He has authored, among others, the following books: Agricultural Co-operation in Argentine, Studies on Co-operative Law, Handbook of Co-operative Legislation, Commentaries on the Act of Mutuals, Legal Aspects of Co-operatives in the Mercosur Countries, Commentaries on the Co-operative Act, and many articles in specialized publications of Argentine and abroad.

Antonio Fici - is an Associate Professor of Private Law at the Law Department of the University of Molise in Italy. After the degree in law cum laude at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, he earned his Ph.D. in Private Law from the University of Pisa. Subsequently, he was research fellow at the University of Urbino and at the University of California at Berkeley, and researcher in Private Law at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Professor Fici is co-editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD). His main fields of research are organizational law and contract law. Recent publications in English include: “Cooperatives and social enterprises: comparative and legal profiles”, in B. Roelants (ed.), Cooperatives and Social Enterprises. Governance and normative framework, CECOP, Brussels (2009); “Italian cooperative law reform and co-operative principles”, EURICSE Working Paper, n. 02/09 (2009); “Executive Summary” and “Synthesis and Comparative Report”, in Study on the Implementation of the Regulation 1435/2003 on the Statute for European Cooperative Society – SCE (2010); “Cooperative identity and the law”, EURICSE Working Paper, n. 23/12 (2012), forthcoming in European Business Law Review.

Hagen Henry - is Research Director at the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute (Finland). After his studies in law in Germany, he completed postgraduate studies at the Institute for Development Studies of the University of Geneva and qualified as judge in Germany in 1981. He received a Certificat d’études in development law and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in development law from the University of Paris V in 1982, as well as a licentiate degree in law from the University of Helsinki in 1992. He was promoted Dr. iur. by and became an Adjunct Professor of comparative law at the University of Helsinki in 2004. He worked at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Geneva and Helsinki for six years and for eight years as legal advisor to the German Federal Minister of Economy. Thereafter he consulted for 14 years on cooperative policy and legislation in some 50 countries for a great number of governmental as well as non-governmental organizations. He also worked as an advisor to Finnish law firms over many years. Before joining the University of Helsinki, he was Chief of the Cooperative Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 2007 to March, 2011. Hagen has been a frequent conference contributor. His publications include two books and some 70 articles on comparative law, land law, development issues, cooperative law and policy.


Adam Piechowski, Cooperative Research Institute, National Cooperative Council
Adriano Campos Alves, Organizacao das Cooperativas Brasileiras
Alberto García Müller, Universidad de Los Andes
Antonio Fici, University of Molise and EURICSE
Antonio José Sarmiento Reyes, Universidad Javeriana de Bogotà
Astrid Coates, University of Antwerp
Akira Kurimoto, Consumer Cooperative Institute of Japan
Barbara Czachorska-Jones, CHF International
Bahareh Samsami, Associate, DLA Piper
Bridget Carroll, Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork
Carlos Torres Morales, Universidad de Lima
Dante Cracogna, University of Buenos Aires
Dapeng Ren, China Agriculture University
David Hiez, University of Luxembourg
Elisabeth Reiner, University of Wien
Georg Miribung, University of Innsbruck
Ger van der Sangen, University of Tilburg
Govindaraj Veerakumaran, Kerala Agricultural University
Hagen Henrÿ, University of Helsinki
Hans-H. Münkner, University of Marburg
Ian Snaith, University of Leicester
Isabel-Gemma Fajardo-García, University of Valencia
Jaime Alcalde, Universidad Católica de Chile
Jan Theron
Jay Gary Finkelstein, Partner, DLA Piper
Jongick Jang, Hanshin University
Juan José Rojas Herrera
Maria Réti, ELTE University of Budapest
Natalia Zakirova, MESI University of Moscow
Nicola De Luca, University of Naples II
Ole Gjems-Onstad, University of Oslo
Peng Yuan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Rui Namorado, Coimbra University 
Rusen Keles, Eastern Mediterranean University
Sergio Reyes Lavega, Confederación Uruguaya de Cooperativas
Tore Fjørtoft, University of Oslo
Troy Sarina, Macquarie University of Sidney
Timothy Petrou, Critical Research Laboratory in Law and Society (CRL), Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto
Ursula Titus
Willy Tadjudje, University of Luxembourg


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