About

The Alliance Co-operative Law Committee (CLC) is a thematic committee with the objective of giving independent advice to the Alliance on co-operative law, broadly defined to include all legal rules that shape the co-operative institution and regulate its operations.

Main areas of activity

  • Working with the Alliance Principles Committee, develop proposals for contemporary legal interpretation of the definition of co-operatives and of the co-operative values and principles and the translation of these into legal principles.
  • Develop proposals to translate the legal principles into co-operative law, securing the co-operative identity.
  • Elaborate, where warranted, suggestions for the harmonisation of co-operative laws.
  • Assess, advise on, propose and monitor changes in co-operative policy at national regional, international and global level as they affect co-operative law.
  • Participate in the establishment of implementation mechanisms, such as co-operative registration, monitoring and auditing.
  • Promote the elaboration of such resources as law commentaries, glossaries,  handbooks on drafting bylaws and model bylaws, proposals for government regulation and research on and teaching of co-operative law.
  • Liaise and coordinate with the other thematic committees, sectoral organisations, regional organisations and any organs of the Alliance as appropriate.
  • Consider specific legal issues that are referred to it from other thematic committees, sectoral organisations, regional organisations and any organs of the Alliance through its Global Board

Membership and rules

The Co-operative Law Committee is composed of a Chairperson, four representatives of the Alliance regions, four independent experts and a Board liaison member.

Staff support: Rodrigo Gouveia (gouveia@ica.coop)

View the CLC rules.

 

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