The Access to Commons Study is a study led by investigators Saki Bailey,Ugo Mattei & Filippo Valguarnera, which adopts the fact based methodology developed by the Common Core of European Private Law to investigate the legal institutions that currently foster and/or have the potentential nurture the commons defined in the tradition of the Italian Rodota Commission as those resources "that are functional to the exercise of fundamental rights and to a free development of human beings." The investigators have selected the following resource access areas to investigate: Housing, Food, Water, Nature, Healthcare, Childcare, Elderly Care, Culture, Knowledge, and Education.The project aims to study Commons Legal Institutions in 17 European Countries (Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) and in the United States.

We are still locating rapporteurs in some of these countries to answer our questionnaire and write a comparative report, which will be published in the Common Core book series. Rapporteurs should either be legal scholars, legal practitioners and/or commons scholars (in other fields) or a practitioner working and/or actively participating in a variety of commons.

If you are interested in joining the study, answering the questionnaire and/or writing a report we invite you to contact Saki Bailey and Filippo Valguarnera

Instructions for the Questionnaire

Final Questionnaire 01.09.2014

Updated Questionnaire 09.06.2014

Updated Questionnaire 20.02.2014

Original Questionnaire

The Reporters


Resources for Understanding Commons Legal Institutions