Co-operative Law Summer School

Co-operative law and its relationship to the co-operative identity and sustainable development


August 20-30, 2023 in Pula, Croatia

Offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management and hosted at the J. Dobrila University of Pula (Croatia).

This course builds links between co-operative law, Co-operative Identity (ICA 1995), and sustainable development. How are values and principles translated into legal rules and legal practice? What types of rules are fitting, and what may cause ‘degeneration’ of co-operative enterprise? How do legal structural elements of co-operatives relate to aspects of sustainable development? This course is relevant to an international audience and can apply to all types of co-operatives and mutuals, in all sectors of the economy.


Hagen Henrÿ, a renowned co-operative legal expert, is the main instructor. Hagen is a visiting scholar at the University of Helsinki and Chairman of the International Co-operative Alliance’s Cooperative Law Committee. The course will also include guest speakers in economics and law.

Intended Audience

Individuals with a strong interest in co-operative law including lawyers, law students in advanced stages of study, co-operative practitioners, policymakers, regulators and those working in the co-op sector in advocacy and/or government relations.


August 20-30, 2023. Arrive on August 20th for an evening reception. The course runs from August 21-30 inclusive, with the weekend as free time. Travel home on August 31st.


J. Dobrila University of Pula, Zagrebacka 30, Pula, Croatia. Pula is accessible by air, bus, or ferry from many European destinations.

Course Fees

$1400 CAD (approximately 1000 EUR). Subsidies may be available on a need basis. The fee includes coffee breaks and lunch during classroom days. The fee does not include accommodations, travel costs (to/from Pula), or travel health insurance. Participants are responsible for obtaining any travel/ entry visas (as required).

Accommodation and Meals

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and meals with the exception of lunch during classroom days.

Pula is a busy tourist destination. There are many hotels, private apartments and houses for rent but they should be booked well in advance of August.  

The J. Dobrila University of Pula offers student residences and meals at an affordable rate:

  • 50.61 EUR/night for a single occupancy room
  • 33.74 EUR/night for a double occupancy room
  • 9.29 EUR for breakfast 
  • 11.94 EUR for dinner

The student residences are a 5-minute walk from downtown and the course venue. For a virtual tour of a typical room, click here

To make a reservation, email using ICCM-Coop in the subject line. Indicate your preference for occupancy type (single or shared) and meals (breakfast and/or dinner). 


Please complete the following registration form.