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From 14 to 22 October, a cross-border Festival of transformative economies, between Gorizia and Nova Gorica!


Organised with the support of


Organised with the support of

Friday 21st October 2022



(in memory of Prof. Paolo Grossi)

                                    16.00 -18.30 |         X Center Delpinova Ulica 20, 5000 Nova Gorica

The institution of the common property is part of the broad and complex theme of the common good. According to Ostrom (1990), it refers to a set of rights assigned to govern the use of common resources that are owned and used by user groups, such as user associations and community institutions. Common ownership is another way of owning as opposed to well-known alternative forms, namely private and public ownership. Common property rights can be assigned to various assets (pastures, forests, irrigation systems, etc.) that groups around the world have used and continue to use collectively on the basis of shared rules.

Europe has a long tradition of common ownership. Although common ownership has faced a number of challenges over the past few centuries, many natural or man-made resources are still managed jointly and are still essential for the well-being of humans and other living beings. They still retain some of their traditional meaning and important new uses have been identified for them, such as the provision of environmental and recreational services. The ability of local communities to self-organize and self-develop rules for the use of local resources is a key component of the sustainable local development paradigm.

The proposal of the round table is to involve researchers, collective actors and legal experts from two neighboring territories (Italian and Slovenian), but characterized by different historical events and legal-institutional aspects. The aim is to identify the current challenges and the potential driving forces of these ancient forms of ownership and their possible example for new forms of democratic and sustainable land management.

Round table with:

Nevenka Bogataj - Author of the book Slovenske srenje kot izročilo in priložnost [Slovenian (agricultural) communities as inheritance and opportunity] published by the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in 2021.

Andrej Hafner - Lawyer, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (Slovenian legal framework)

Luca Nazzi - Friulian Alliance for Collective Domains (Italian legal framework)

Damijan Pobega - President of the Association of Agricultural Communities

Paola Fabello - Delegate of the Fractional Committee of San Marco Civic Heritage Management

Michele Kovatsch - president of the Vicinal Consortium "Nachbarschaft Pontafel" - Pontebba

Introduced and moderated by: Nadia Carestiato (University of Udine) and Mateja Šmid Hribar ( ZRC SAZU)

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