The EMES Annual Conference was held between 3 and 6 July 2017 in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. The Conference had two co-chairs, Marthe Nyssens (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and Carlo Borzaga (University of Trento/ EURICSE, Italy).
The theme of the conference was ‘Social enterprise for sustainable societies’. The conference was a success with more than 300 participants from all over the world, including Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Australia, the United States, Canada.
The conference included panels on different themes, many of which have a legal dimension, such as the concepts and models of social enterprise worldwide, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, governance, employment and human resource management, financing issues of social enterprises, philanthropy and social finance, social impact, value creation and performance, institutionalisation, scaling up and public policies, the informal sector, popular economy, microfinance and development, social enterprises, sustainable transition and common good, social and solidarity economy, third sector, civil society and social movements and gender and diversity issues.
The conference achieved its goal of organising fascinating discussions amongst academics and practitioners on various topics all related to the field of social and solidarity economy and social enterprises. ESELA was invited to contribute and to present on the legal dimensions of social enterprise, as part of our efforts to engage with academics interested in social enterprise and the law.