Online International Conference:
Legal and Economic Prespectives
of Energy Cooperatives' Development

27th May 2021


Dr. Maciej Sokolowski
University of Tokyo Doctor of Law (PhD), currently Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, the University of Warsaw; an expert in the field of energy law, economy, and energy sector; an author of Regulation in the European Electricity Sector (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2016) and European Law on Combined Heat and Power (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2020).
Prof. Dr. Chiara Candelise
Imperial College London Dr Chiara Candelise is an experienced energy economist and policy specialist, at ICEPT, Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (Imperial College London) and at GREEN, Centre for Research on Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy & Networks, (Bocconi University). Leading expert on techno-economic, market and policy analysis of solar technologies,
and on community energy and crowdfunding as innovative alternative finance in the energy sector. In her background work experience as economist at both private and public institutions, including the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Nation Development Programme. She holds a PhD in Energy Economics from Imperial College London (UK), an MSc in Economics, University College London (UK). She is the founder of the first Italian energy crowdfunding platform dedicated to energy.
Prof. Dr. Aneta Suchon
Adam Mickiewicz
University in Poznan Aneta Suchon, Professor UAM dr hab., works in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Protection Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland). Her research interests focus on co-operatives in agriculture and rural areas, agricultural law, real estate law, the Common Agricultural Policy, and environmental protection. She has published more than 130 publications, and her most important books are: Prawna ochrona trwałości gospodarowania na dzierzawionych gruntach rolnych (Legal Protection of the Stability of Running an Activity on Leased Agricultural Lands), Poznan 2006; Prawna koncepcja spoldzielni rolniczych (The Legal Concept of Agricultural Co-operatives), Poznan 2016; Legal aspects of the organisation and operation of agricultural co-operatives in Poland, Poznan, 2019; Legal and economic aspects of association of agricultural producers in selected countries of the world, ed. Aneta Suchon, Poznan 2020.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schomerus
Leuphana University of Leuneburg Thomas Schomerus (University Professor Dr. iur. Dr. h.c., *1957, studied law at the universities of Hamburg and Goettingen from 1976 – 1981. After finishing his legal traineeship with the second state exam in 1988, he started his career as an administrative official for the city of Hamburg, mainly working for the state environmental agency (Umweltbehoerde) in the fields of construction law and environmental law. Furthermore, he worked as a part time lecturer at the University of Hamburg as well as for other universities. In 1996, he was appointed professor at the former University of Applied Sciences, Lueneburg, with the denomination of public law, in particular public administrative law. Since 2004, he holds the chair of public law, in particular energy and environmental law, at Leuphana University Lueneburg. He was awarded an honorary doctor´s degree by the Georgian Technical University, Tblisi, in 2005. Schomerus worked on numerous international and national research projects and has published broadly in the fields of energy and environmental law, with a special interest in the law of renewable energies and energy efficiency, waste law and law of natural resources as well as freedom of information law. In 2014, he was appointed Judge at the Higher Administrative Court of Lower Saxony. He has published over 300 books and articles on various subjects of environmental and energy law.
Sara Tachelet
RESCoop.eu Sara Tachelet is the Communication Manager of REScoop.eu, the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives. Sara holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and has been working in the field of marketing and communication since 2012. She is coordinating the development and the implementation of an effective communication and dissemination strategy, ensuring REScoop.eu messages are consistent and engaging.
Dr .Martin Lowery
International Co-operative Alliance

Dr. Lars Holstenkamp
Leuphana University of Leuneburg Lars Holstenkamp (Dr. rer. pol., Diploma in Economics) is a member of the board of ECOLOG Institute for Social-Ecological Research and Education and head of its Lüneburg office. In addition, he leads the junior research group “SteuerBoard Energie” at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Institute of Sustainability Governance. From 2001 to 2006, he studied economics and African languages at the University of Hamburg and economics, specialising in development studies, at the University of Trier. From 2006 to 2020, he worked at Leuphana University’s Institute of Banking, Finance and New Venture Management in various third-party funded research projects. At ECOLOG Institute, he currently coordinates the project “Benefits”, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and dealing with financial participation of citizens and municipalities in renewable energy projects. He is member of several scholarly associations and networks, including the German-speaking “Research Network on Cooperatives in the Energy Transition”. He is an institutional economist trained in inter- and transdisciplinary research. His current research foci include work on the history and development of energy cooperatives, community energy and other forms of financial participation by citizens, and business models for municipal utility companies.
Dr. Grzegorz Masloch
Warsaw School of Economics Grzegorz Masloch is assistant professor at the Department of Local Government Economy and Financing at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also a member of the scientific council Prof. Krzysztof Zmijewski Association for Energy Efficiency. His research interests focus on issues related to local and regional development, especially in terms of strategic planning, RES, and also on issues concerning investment and financial plans and the preparation and implementation of investment projects, including those co-financed from EU funds. He has been published in top peer-reviewed and economics journals.
PhD Candidate Tomasz Marzec
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan Tomasz Marzec is a PhD Candidate in Doctoral School of Social Sciences (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan). His research interests focus mainly on agricultural law, renewable energy sources development on rural areas, environmental law and energy law. Currently he works on the Phd thesis on energy cooperatives regulation in Poland.
Dr. Ifigeneia Douvitsa
Democritus University of Thrace Ifigeneia Douvitsa was awarded her PhD on cooperative law from the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. She teaches the course of public policies and law of social and solidarity economy as an adjunct lecturer at the Hellenic Open University in the Postgraduate Program for Social and Solidarity Economy. She is one of the founders of the International Journal of Cooperative Law and member of its editorial board. She is also the representative of Europe in the Global Cooperative Law Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance.
Dr. Aleksandra Lakomiak
Wroclaw University of
Economics and Business PhD Aleksandra Lakomiak is a graduate of the Faculty of Management and Computer Science at the University of Economics of Oskar Lange in Wroclaw (currently the Faculty of Management at the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business). She defended her doctoral dissertation on cost-generating determinants in heating in November 2007. She started working at the University of Economics in Wroclaw in 1998 as a doctoral student, assistant, and now as an assistant professor. For six years, from 2012, she worked in the Competition Committee of the National Energy Competition prof. Jacek Malko under the titlet: It all depends on energy! - as a member of the jury, and then from 2015 to 2017 as the chairman of the competition, the aim of which was to build an energy-conscious and ecologically aware society and to promote scientific talents.PhD Aleksandra Lakomiak's research interests are focused on two sectors of the economy: energy and agriculture. She deals with the organizational, formal and legal requirements of accounting for agricultural entities.She specializes in cost accounting, financial accounting, financial reporting and auditing. Author of over 70 scientific, didactic and popular science works. On commission of the Minister of Finance, she developed a draft of the national accounting standard "Agricultural activity No. 12".
Marzena Czarnecka
University of Economics in Katowice Habilitated doctor of economic sciences, legal advisor. Assistant professor at the Department of Law and Insurance at the University of Economics in Katowice. Lecturer at numerous universities in Europe, including University Saarbrucken Germany, University of Granada Spain. Judge at the Disciplinary Court of the District Chamber of Legal Advisors in Katowice. Manager of several international and national projects. Author and co-author of domestic and foreign publications in the field of energy, energy law, and consumer protection. Practicing attorney at law.
Dr. Andreas Wieg
DGRV Dr. Andreas Wieg is Head of the National Office for Energy Coopera­tives at the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV – Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V.). He is in charge of political lobbying for DGRV's member energy cooperatives. Dr. Wieg is a board member of the European Federation for Energy Cooperatives REScoop.eu. Having a background in business and economics, he earned his PhD at the Philipps University of Marburg. Dr. Wieg is a visiting lecturer in introductory business administration (company management, organization) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the HTW Berlin.
Antonios Maniatis
Merchant Navy Academy
of Macedonia Antonios Maniatis is an Assistant Professor in Law, in the Merchant Navy Academy of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). He is also teaching staff at the rank of Associate Professor in Cooperative Policy and Law, in the University of Patras. He is endowed with many publications on co-ops, including the paper ‘’A Constitutional Approach to Cooperatives”, presented on 15.04.2021 in the international conference on-line ‘’Association of agricultural producers in selected countries of the world – legal and economic issues’’ of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University. It is about the first research worldwide on comparative constitutional history of co-ops. Besides, he deals with co-ops and social economy in his monograph ‘’The Right to Tourist Information. Reversing the Role of the Guide’’ (Our Knowledge Publishing, 2020), which has been published also in 8 other languages, including Polish as follows: Prawo do informacji turystycznej. Odwrocenie roli przewodnika, Wydawnictwo Nasza Wiedza, 2020.