Congress Commons: Citizens, Law and Governments

Congress Commons: Citizens, Law and Governments

 

csm_reclaim_the_commons_color_eae74c2972Oikos – an independent think tank that strives for social and ecological change, is organising the conference “Congress commons: citizens, law and governments” at the Royal Library of Belgium on the 4th of December 2015 (Keizerslaan 4, 1000 Bruxelles).

The aim of the Conference is to bring together stakeholders and discuss about Commons with a special focus on the collaboration between citizens and governments. The Conference will be structured as such:

  • Our land: landgrabbing, resistance and alternatives.
  • New partnership between citizens and governments.

The first topic will be run as a panel debate undertaking the issue of “land grabbing” by transnational corporations and investment funds and the alternative solutions in order to safeguards the collective forms of use and ownership of land. The following speakers will participate to the discussion: Annelies Zoomers (University of Utrecht), Pieter Van de Broeck (KU Lueven), Ugo Mattei (Professor of International and Comparative Law, University of California; Professor of Civil Law, University of Turin).

The second part of the congress will focus on the potentialities of strengthened collaboration between governments and their citizens: citizens cannot still have a passive role on the governance of the cities and territories in which they live. An active citizenship could be a positive and powerful tool in order to guarantee a sustainable society, to control the overexploitation of local resources, to prevent the state of abandon of public spaces and to raise the quality of life. The following speakers have confirmed their presence: Tine De Moor (Professor at University of Utrecht), with her speech “Setting the stage: challenges and prospects”, Christian Iaione (Professor of Public Law, Director of the Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons, LUISS Roma; member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons) presenting “ Governing the Urban Commons”, Quentin Verniers (RIEPP) and Marcel Ham (NL) that will introduce the topic “Entrepreneurial citizen in the Netherlands”.

The event will close with a forum titled “How to become transformative”, a dialogue with Ugo Mattei (Professor of International and Comparative Law, University of California; Professor of Civil Law, University of Turin), Tine de Moor (Professor in Economic and Social History), Tom Dedeurwaerdere (Professor of philosophy of science and theory of governance, University of Leuven)  and Christian Iaione (Professor of Public Law, Director of LabGov, LUISS Roma; member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons).

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“CONGRESS COMMONS: CITIZENS; LAW AND GOVERNMENTS”, ROYAL LIBRARY OF BELGIUM, 4 DICEMBRE 2015 (KEIZERSLAAN 4, 1000 BRUXELLES).

OIKOS, think tank indipendente organizza a Bruxelles una conferenza sui Beni Comuni durante la quale verra’ affrontata con particolare attenzione la questione della collaborazione tra cittadini e governi. La conferenza si dividerà’ principalmente in due parti: una dedicata “land grabbing” (appropriazione di terre) e una dedicata alla partecipazione cittadina nella gestione dei beni comuni. Presenti all’evento esperti internazionali del tema dei commons.