(English) Helsinki Summer School 2018 “Cooperative Law for Sustainable Development”

Mis à jour : 10 mars 2020

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What are cooperatives? Do they need regulating through law? And above all, why plead for cooperative law for sustainable development?

If you are interested about these topics – please come to discuss and learn with international group to our “Cooperative Law for Sustainable Development” -course on Aug 7 – Aug 23, 2018

Helsinki Summer School is now welcoming applications to HSS 2018! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018.

Joining Helsinki Summer School means summery weeks of studying but it’s not only serious academic work as you will also get to experience all that Helsinki has to offer and to socialize with your peers.


If sustainable development is to be pursued seriously, enterprises need to take on an active role. They do so already by abiding by the slowly juridising Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules. However, as if the legal form of enterprises did not matter, the debate on the CSR rarely distinguishes between enterprise forms. As a consequence, and despite gradual changes, cooperative enterprise law continues to be a marginal research and teaching subject. This mismatches the high number of an estimated one billion members in cooperatives around the world and also fails to appreciate the corresponding economic and social impact of this enterprise type. The shortcoming is further demonstrated by the repeated show of crisis resilience by cooperatives and the growing awareness that sustainable development issues must also be addressed by and through enterprises. International governmental and non-governmental legal texts are recommending ways of how law should address the issue.

The course is to create an understanding of the factors which shape cooperative law and of its relevance for sustainable development. The term ‘cooperative law’ also incorporates other fields of law as they impact on the structure and operations of cooperatives, 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 cooperative laws will only be made by way of an example.

If you have any question, please contact Pekka Hytinkoski, E-learning coordinator,, University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute/Co-op Network Studies –University network.

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