The Legal Toolkit

The Legal Toolkit helps communities & public administrations with the implementation & engagement of urban commons.

The law is traditionally considered as one of the crucial issues when it comes to urban commons.

The management of the commons is in fact, in the end, an institutional issue, since it requires to submit to a model of governance one or more goods and to organize, around this latter, the management of a community and its relationship with public actors and other public and private stakeholders.

Also, the legal issues related to the commons are often very complex. Indeed, the commons tend to undermine the logics at the core of the architecture of both private and public law, thus calling for new lenses able to see and use the law in a transformative and empowering way.

What is the Legal Toolkit about?

One of the main goals of the legal toolkit is to understand the main legal issues and questions faced by the experiences of urban commons in Europe from the perspectives of both: communities and public administrations.

Therefore, the legal toolkit is composed by two different parts: the gE.CO Legal Q&A and the gE.CO Legal brief.


The Legal Toolkit was developed by Department of Law, University of Turin

The Tools

gE.CO Legal Q&A

Meant for communities wishing to implement an urban commons or already engaged in the governance of an urban commons.

gE.CO Legal brief

Meant for public administrations willing to engage in projects of urban communing.

Antonio Vercellone
Alessandra Quarta 

The Toolbox

The Temporary Reuse Toolkit

The Temporary Reuse Toolkit provides methodology and phases for the reactivation of empty buildings through temporary uses.


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The Participation Toolkit

The Participation Toolkit supports with promoting and facilitating community building through collaboration and equal participation.

The Governance Toolkit

The Governacne Toolkit helps envisioning, planning and governing the commoning processes