Co-operative Enterprise Law

Co-operative Enterprise Law

Course dates:
4 August, 2015 to 20 August, 2015
640 EUR
Application deadline:
Friday, 31 July, 2015
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland


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. Read more >>


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Contact information

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Mr. Pekka Hytinkoski, pekka.hytinkoski(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)