The Foundation’s main aim is to promote, develop and coordinate, principally at Courmayeur, research, studies, experiments and the organisation of meetings for further analysis and to publish factual knowledge concerning contemporary social issues of law and economics, with a particular focus on the international context.
The Courmayeur Foundation was established pursuant to Regional Law n.18 of 19th April 1988 and was created following an agreement between the Aosta Valley Region, the Municipality of Courmayeur, CNPDS (National Centre for Prevention and Social Defence) in Milan and Censis (Centre for Social Studies and Policies) in Rome.
The Foundation organizes conferences, courses and, seminars; provide for the establishment and maintenance of archives; provide for the publication of the results of studies, research and its other activities.
The “Laurent Ferretti” Mountain Observatory was founded in 1994 with the aim to develop a multi-disciplinary research project with an transnational focus. The series ”The Mountains, risk and responsibility” publishes the results of research projects and the documents resulting from the conferences it has organized.
L’Osservatorio sul sistema montagna “Laurent Ferretti” della Fondazione Courmayeur, unitamente all’Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Valle d’Aosta, prosegue nelle iniziative atte a illustrare i rapporti tra l’architettura e la montagna in relazione alle condizioni socio-economiche e giuridiche del contesto.