LabGov’s Conference on “Land and new forms of legal order”

LabGov’s Conference on “Land and new forms of legal order”

LOCANDINA 17 marzo - A4  (11)Is it possible to develop new forms of legal order through a strategy that better protect the territory of our country? How can legality become a cultural element shared by our community rather than being an abstract concept? These were some of the questions raised at the conference “Territorio e nuove forme di Legalità” that took place on March, 17th at LUISS University in Rome.

The conference was an opportunity for the Labgovers to show the projects, activities and achievements of the Laboratory, to receive valuable feedbacks and advices from the participants and to listen at their opinions on the topic of land and governance, which holds a fundamental importance of 2014/2015 LabGov’s edition.

The meeting was opened by LUISS General Director Giovanni Lo Storto, who explained that the reason behind his choice to create a community garden inside the University was “to allow the students to change the state of affairs by providing them with the instruments they need” and to provide them with “a gym where the students can share knowledge and grow together”.

The first speaker to take the floor was Paola Severino, professor of Criminal Law and LUISS Executive Vice Provost who affirmed that through “concreteness and fantasy”, students contribute to the debate. This qualities, which are fully shared by LabGov, are essential to develop the idea itself and the benefits generated by the Commons and to “make the concept of legality something concrete rather than abstract”. “Legality must be recovered with the contribution of the citizens, it cannot be passively waited”. The Professor then spoke about the importance of having “effective sanctions which can lead to concrete results” and which must be developed along with a strong “culture of legality”.

Then, the floor was taken by Gian Carlo Caselli, president of the “Osservatorio Agromafie” scientific committee. Dr. Caselli, started his speech from his personal experience against organized criminality in Palermo, and spoke about the importance of creating “citizenry participation through which the hegemony of corruption and misconduct can be interrupted”. According to Caselli, we need of “new paths to build legality which will allow us to enjoy rights in our territory”. “Trust in the Institutions must be built”, so that “legality will be seen not only as a set of rules but as bringing advantages to the whole community”. Caselli then concluded his speech with a critique to the indifference which amounts to “not taking care of the polis when we could instead cooperate and contribute to its development”.

The second part of the conference took the form of a round table in which the speakers contributed to the discussion by providing their numerous opinions on the topic.

Professor Melina Decaro, professor of public comparative law, asserted that “more than talking about the right to food, it would be more accurate to speak about a right to the natural capital”.

Professor Gian Candido De Martin, professor of public law, underlined the importance of “building a culture that can function as a frame for the rules”, because “what we need is not prohibition, but awareness of the value of common resources”.

Then, Bruno Frattasi (Head of the Interior Ministry Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department) focused on the idea of “security and legality as shared goods that must be achieved through an alliance between public and private actors”, followed by professor La Spina (professor of public policies) who spoke about the need to have an “integration between a regulation coming from the centre and an organization from the bottom”.

Finally, the floor was given to Antonella Manzione, Head of the Council of Ministries Presidency Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department , whose starting point was the importance of “creating the culture of legality and building an active citizenship through education in schools and families”. To properly manage the territory we need the citizens to participate and take care of it, but for this to be possible we need to support with some concrete normative instruments those individuals that are willing to get involved. Attempts to create these instruments have been made, as we can see in the article 24 of the “Decreto Sblocca Italia”, but this pieces of legislation are mostly unknown and unapplied. Manzione concluded her speech by reporting the words of a 17 year old girl, saying that what is really needed is “a space, both physical and mental, in which hope and future can be built”.

The conference was concluded with a greeting by Maria Letizia Gardoni, President of Coldiretti Giovani Impresa, and with her wish to see “the growth of daily gestures showing social and political responsibility”.

LabGov 2015 starting event:  conference on Environment, Agriculture, Food: Territory as a Common.

LabGov 2015 starting event: conference on Environment, Agriculture, Food: Territory as a Common.

Thursday, October 23rd, LUISS Guido Carli in Rome held the opening conference of LabGov, with the presence of the general manager Giovanni Lo Storto, of the vice headmaster of research, professor Leonardo Morlino, of the President of Coldiretti Giovani Imprese Maria Letizia Gardoni, and the Director of the contents of the italian pavilion at Expo 2015, Paolo Verri.

The guests have debated around the topic of the governance applied to the topic of Environment, Agriculture and Food: Territory as a Common. Shared management, they stressed, is perceived as an opportunity of national change, responsibility and the engagement of young enterpreneurs for the protection of the beauty of our territory, fand or the importance of Made in Italy.

“Commons are fundamental as they are linked to a better quality of democracy” said professor Morlino. In mentioning electoral and interistitutional accountability, responsiveness, participation and competitiveness as the main dimensions of a properly assessed democracy, he said that commons are evaluation standards: “Our challenge is to continue a concreet analysis of indicators of quality in public policies, through the promotion of direct participation, equality and rule of law to overcome the last century’s crisis”.

President Gardoni has stressed that the number of young people that operate today in the agroalimentary sector is growing “thanks to the cultural revolution that aims at spreading the idea of rural activities as means to restart our country’s economy and society”.

And Verri confirmed this point, presenting events such as Expo 2015 as ways to promote change and to export our culture and skills abroad. “We need to start spreading the word about our capabilities and perspectives!”, he encouraged.

In wishing the project all the best, the general manager of LUISS, Lo Storto, talked about future and hope. “Listening is a means of personal and collective growth, and we have the responsibility of listening and growing together, in order to build our own future and achieve our dreams”.

Professor Iaione, LabGov’s Coordinator, has presented the Laboratory as a program of co-production of knowledge and research applied to institutional innovation through the cooperation of public and private subjects of governance. And he announced the newest addiction to our project: the shared garden inside the university campus, that is going to be inaugurated next month.


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10363376_10203255211317736_4277849537028593302_nOn Monday, May 19th at Luiss Guido Carli University, will be held the event ‘Coltiviamoci. LabGov will host in Viale Romania 32, Aula Polivalente, a workshop focused on collective management of urban and environmental commons and on the development of institutional economic and social innovation. LabGov students will present the results achieved with the Lab’s activities and initiatives of 2014, and they will have also the pleasureto share knowledge, experiences and ideas with representatives from Coldiretti, Zappata Romana and Lazio Region Expo 2015 Steering Committee. This will be a unique event to talk about participatory processes aiming at actively involving actors on Expo 2015 major themes: ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. Thus the workshop will focus on concrete, sustainable, technological solutions put forward by active citizens, such as community gardens, and by agricultural entrepreneurs taking care of the land as a commons.


  • h 18.15 video show of LabGov2014 activities
  • h 18.20 presentation of LabGov2014 results
  • h 18.30 LabGov 2015 vs Expo2015


Giovanni Lo Storto – Luiss Guido Carli General Director

Maria Letizia Gardoni – President of Giovani Coldiretti

Luca D’Eusebio – Zappata Romana/ Hortus Urbis

Albino Ruberti – AD and President of Zétema and Coordinator of the Expo2015 working group for the region Lazio


  • Concluding remarks: Gregorio Arena and Christian Iaione (Labsus)


  • h 20.00 Awarding of participation certificates for LabGov’ s students; awarding of gratitude certificates for LabGov guest speakers