Doctoral program's seminars

The Law School's scientific community, namely its professors, invited professors, and PhD candidates, is regularly found gathered at the doctoral program's seminars. The seminars allow members to present their work in progress, test new ideas, and discuss their recent publications. Because they reflect their participants' diverse fields of research, themes, and theses, the seminars offer an excellent opportunity to discover and encounter, exchange and discuss and contribute to the establishment of a small intellectual community, ambitious and dynamic, wherein exist varied research approaches and methods. Open to the public and students, the seminars take place in either French or English. All attendees have the opportunity to speak, without troubling the solemnity of the highest intellectual demands.

Mikhail Xifaras hosts the doctoral program's seminars.

Calendar of the doctoral program's seminars, in French (PDF, 91.43 Ko)

Seminars of the doctoral students

Every two weeks, doctoral students of Sciences Po Law School organize a discussion of the current work of one of them, or of a guest from another institution (doctoral candidate, researcher, professor).

The Seminars of the doctoral students blog (in french)

Intensive Doctoral Week

Initiated in2011 and successfully continued last year, the Intensive Doctoral Week is co-organised initiative by Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University. Limited to a small number of PhD candidates coming from those institutions and other Law Schools, the Intensive Doctoral Week is conceived as a teaching Lab. Its aim is to enable candidates to present their research topics, discuss their work and be confronted with the ideas of renowned Law Professors, both from France and abroad. The week is composedof events which can take many different forms, such as conferences or presentations form PhD students, workshops on chosen topics, reading groups, panels, and discussions.

The Intensive Doctoral Week blog

The seminar "Great Tales of Legal Thought (18th to 20th century)"

If the great combined history of modern western legal thought has not always been written, this could be because numerous historians formulate ambitious projects that select a particular perspective of western legal thought accenting certain objects, privileging certain methods and protocols, and mobilizing certain sources and neglecting others. Not only are these projects uncompleted, but they can also contradict each other, resulting in an anthology of contradictory or heterogeneous projects.

The authors develop these projects throughout their lives, creating "oeuvres" individually or collectively. These works are found in the form of articles and books assembling erudite treasures; a considerable mass of lectures, commentaries, monographs, studies of cases, objects, and practices, and other types of works. A considerable mass of sophisticated works; precise, wise, chiselled. When one speaks of eminent historians and sweeping projects, this mass is never entirely scattered; it is written in a perspective that gives it meaning. This perspective, this synthetic image that the historian creates of his projects and the key to a viewpoint which brings unity to the ensemble, becomes the brief and violent history that he tells himself in order to present the ultimate significance he tries to describe with conviction throughout his works-- a personal epic.

This seminar attempts to present these epics by inviting the most eminent historians of legal thought to present their own before the community of legal historians in France.

The PILAGG (The Private International Law as Global Governance) seminar

Despite the contemporary turn to law within the global governance debate, private international law remains remarkably silent before the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and power in the world. By leaving such matters to its public international counterpart, it leaves large lyuntended the private causes of crisis and injustice affecting such areas as financial markets, levels of environmental pollution, the status of sovereign debt, the confiscation of natural resources, the use and misuse of development aid, the plight of migrating populations, and many more. This incapacity torise to the private challenges of economic globalization is all the more curious that public international law itself, on the tide of managerialism and fragmentation, is now increasingly confronted with conflicts articulated as collisions of jurisdiction and applicable law, among which private or hybrid authorities and regimes now occupy a significant place.  The explanation seems to lie in the development, under the aegis of the liberal separation of law and politics and of the public and the private spheres, of an «epistemology of the closet», a refusal to see that to unleash powerful private interests in the name of individual autonomy and to allow them to accede to market authority was to construct the legal foundations of informal empire and establish gapingholes in global governance. It is now more than time to de-closet private international law and excavate the means with which, in its own right, it may impact on the balance of informal power in the global economy. Adopting a planetary perspective means reaching beyond the schism and connecting up with the politics of public international law, while contributing a specific savoir-faire acquired over many centuries in the recognition of alterity and the responsible management of pluralism.
Le séminaire est animé par Diego P. Fernandez Arroyo et Horatia Muir-Watt.

The PILAGG seminar blog

The Bentham Centre's workshops on utilitarianism

The Bentham Centre, conscious that utilitarianism is one of the major currents of modern thought, offers a place for reflection on aspects and developments in various fields of learning. Relying on cross-disciplinary research, the Bentham Centre seeks to make known the thought of Jeremy Bentham, one of the most significant philosophers in the history of utilitarianism. Founded on Bentham's manuscripts in their most recent state of scientific edition, the workshops evaluate presuppositions, roots, contexts, and effects of the utilitarian mode of thinking, and at the same time measure limits and identify objections to the theory. Situated at the crossroads of a vast international network, the Bentham Centre welcomes multiple viewpoints and methods, in fields as varied as practical ethics, legal theory, philosophy of language, intellectual history, economy or English studies. The workshops are hosted by Guillaume Tusseau.

Since 2013, the Bentham Centre has partnered with the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle's centre Cultures of Western Mediterranean Europe and the Université Paris Nord's Research Centre on Local Action to engage in the research program CODEBENTHAM (ANR-11-IDEX-0005-02). Beginning with Bentham's works, this projects aims to comprehend the emergence of codification as an intellectual and cultural structure, and to trace its diffusion beyond France and the strictly legal sphere. There are three scientific objectives: (1) Make a work of intellectual history by examining the contribution of Bentham, who invented the neologism "codification" and theorized in French this new form of legal rationality, to the diffusion of this normative paradigm in the heart of enlightened Europe; (2) Advance Bentham studies in transcribing and editing, through the Collected Works, Bentham's unedited French writings of the 1770s and 1780s; (3) Shed light on legal (post)modernity by examining, in the wake of Michel Foucault, how the model of the code is made available for more contexts and what results from this technology of governance.

The Bentham Centre website (in french)

Cycle of Economic and Environmental Law conferences

Co-organized with the Cour de Cassation, this cycle of conferences has two objectives:

  • Treat questions that are sometimes neglected due to their place at the crossroads of environmental law, business law and economic law,
  • Attempt to extend analysis to the double perspective of jurist and economist.