Legal frameworks in the sector of social and solidarity economy


The objective of the class is to enable students to master the specificities of the legal framework that governs the activities of the "third sector" (distinct from that of public bodies and private organizations whether civil or commercial) as a whole, and to master the legal forms of each of the main categories of SEE organizations.

In the first part of the class, we will examine the sector as a whole, using a  transversal approach and from the perspective of its legal and institutional regime (common principles, basic legal forms, common legal framework). The second part of the class will focus on each type of structure (associations, foundations, mutual insurance organizations, cooperatives) in their specific legal forms.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

A basic knowledge in institutional law is required: legal forms of public organisations, civil company law, commercial company law.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Holcman R. (Dir), Économie sociale et solidaire, Dunod, 2015.

There are no legal publications covering social and solidarity economy as a whole.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 3.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



Educational manager :
Lafore Robert [+]