Hagen Henrÿ is Adjunct Professor of comparative law at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Research director at the Ruralia Institute of that university. He studied law in Saarbrücken/ Germany and law and French language in Geneva. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IUED) of the University of Geneva. He received a Cerftificat d'études in development law and a Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) in development law from the University of Paris V in 1982, as well as a licentiate degree in law (Master) from the University of Helsinki in 1993. He has published widely on development issues, land law, comparative law and cooperative law and has been a frequent contributor to seminars and conferences in many countries over many years. He is member of several scientific associations and of editorial boards of scientific journals. He has taught comparative law at the University of Helsinki and cooperative law and policy, amongst others at the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization in Turin (2004-2010), at the Helsinki University Summer School and in the Cooperative Network Studies Program (CNS-Program) of ten Finnish universities, as well as Cooperative Values and Principles in the CNS-Program since 2012. He has consulted on cooperative policy and legislation for governmental, as well as non-governmental, national, regional and international organizations. Before joining the Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki as Research director in 2011, he was Chief of the Cooperative Branch of the International Labour Office from 2007 to early 2011. He is Chairman of the International Cooperative Alliance Co-operative Law Committee.