Audren, Frédéric

Research Professor at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Researcher at the European Study Centre (CEE-CNRS)
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Holder of a doctorate in law since 2005, Frederic Audren has been an Associate Researcher Fellow at the CNRS (section 36: Norms and Rules) since 2006. He was appointed to the Centre de Recherche sur l'Action Publique et le Politique (CURAPP - Amiens), a Research Centre on Public Action and Politics, then to the Maison Française d'Oxford, and was an Academic Visitor at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law (2008-2010). He is now an Associate Research Professor at the Sciences Po Law School, where he is also in charge of scientific coordination.

Frédéric Audren was awarded the Jean Bart Prize from the Law Faculty of Dijon University (2005) for his doctorate on the relations between jurists and social sciences. In 2009, he was awarded the Bronze Medal by the CNRS (section 36).

An important feature of his work is a constant dialogue between law and the other social sciences. Consequently, his research focuses on the development of a social and intellectual approach to the history of law and contemporary legal science. It is with this objective in mind that he is currently working with Jean-Louis Halpérin on a book about French legal cultures. The other research he is conducting at present focuses on the material forms of the production of laws (legal architecture, iconology, publication, etc.).

He was one of the founding members of the Revue d'histoire des sciences humaines (a journal on the history of social sciences) (1999) and of Clio@Thémis. Revue électronique européenne d'histoire du droit (a European e-journal on the history of law), of which he is the present editorial secretary. He has also been the editor-in-chief of Cahiers Trimestriels Jean Jaurès (a quarterly journal dedicated to Jaurès and his times) and of the Les Études sociales journal (a journal on social sciences). He also co-runs Nomodos, a topical blog on the history of the law.

Frédéric Audren has taught history of the law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and at the University of Panthéon-Assas Paris 2, as well as sociology of law at the University of Picardie Jules Verne and at the University of Paris Ouest La Défense. He has co-chaired several seminars at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). He is currently teaching a course on the history of legal culture at Sciences Po.

Spécialités / Fields of Expertise

  • Legal history
  • Sociology of law

Publications

His recent books include:

  • Frédéric Audren, Jean-Louis Halpérin, La Culture juridique française. Entre mythes et réalités (XIXe-XXe siècles), Paris, CNRS Éditions, 2013.
  • Frédéric Audren, Christian Chêne, Nicolas Mathey, Arnaud Vergne (dir.), Raymond Saleilles et au-delà, Paris, Dalloz, Thèmes et commentaires, 2013.
  • Jean-Christophe Gaven, Frédéric Audren (dir.), Les Facultés de droit de Province aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Tome 3 : les conquêtes universitaires. Presses de l'Université Toulouse 1, s, Études d'histoire du droit et des Idées politiques, n°16, Presses de l'Université Toulouse 1, Toulouse, 2011.
  • Annie Stora-Lamarre, Jean-Louis Halpérin, Frédéric Audren (dir.), La République et son droit (1870-1930), Besançon, Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2011.

Frédéric Audren has written numerous articles on the history of legal science and law faculties, and on the history of legal anthropology and cosiology, among which:

  • « Alma mater sous le regard de l'historien du droit. Cultures académiques, formation des élites et identités professionnelles », in Jacques Krynen, Bernard d'Alteroche (dir.), L'Histoire du droit en France. Nouvelles tendances et nouveaux territoires, Paris, Garnier, à paraître 2014.
  •  « Bruno Latour's Legal Anthropology » in Reza Benakar, Max Travers (ed.), Law & Social Theory, 2e edition, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2013, p. 181-194 [en collaboration avec C. Moreau de Bellaing].
  • « Les professeurs de droit, la République et le nouvel esprit juridique », Mil neuf cent. Revue d'histoire intellectuelle, 2011, n°29, p.7-33
  • « Eugène Lerminier saint-simonien ou la nationalisation de la science juridique française », Corpus. Revue de philosophie, n°60, 2011, p.9-34. 
  • « L'histoire à contre-courant. Discipline et indiscipline dans la section d'histoire du droit (1970-1990) », dans Xavier Dupré de Boulois, Martine Kaluszynski, (dir.), Le droit en révolution(s). Regards sur la critique du droit des années 1970 à nos jours,Paris, LGDJ, collection Droit et société, 2011, p. 51-70.