Introducing Sciences Po’s New Researchers

Introducing Sciences Po’s New Researchers

With the arrival of 18 new academics this year, Sciences Po proves its status as a highly attractive global centre for research. As well as contributing to the university’s network and research output, these new additions to the faculty will play a vital role in the education of students, introducing them to the latest developments in the humanities and social sciences. Scroll through to learn more about their research interests and backgrounds or download the pdf (4.84Mb).

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Colours, Smells, Soles of Shoes: The Slippery Slope of Trademarking

Colours, Smells, Soles of Shoes: The Slippery Slope of Trademarking

What do Rubix Cubes, Kit-Kat bars, Pantone 1837, Louboutin shoes, the smell of Play-Doh, and the decor of the Apple Store have in common? All have been the subject of heated legal debate to determine whether these non-traditional brand markers should be granted the status of regular trademarks. This week, Sciences Po welcomed academics and lawyers involved in the debate for a conference on ‘The Protection of Non-Conventional Trademarks’. The event marked the forthcoming publication of a collection of essays on the subject by intellectual property experts, Professors Irene Calboli and Martin Senftleben.

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The "gilets jaunes" movement is not a Facebook revolution

In less than a month, France’s gilets jaunes (yellow vests) have gone from being a celebrated example of Facebook’s ability to power a spontaneous revolution to a cautionary tale of how social networks can be manipulated by outsiders to provoke outrage and sow dissension. But in both of these extreme scenarios, the central actors lie outside France, whether it’s the platforms based in Silicon Valley or the suspected propagandists in Russia.

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Animal Rights: slow but definite progress

Animal Rights: slow but definite progress

To mark International Animal Rights Day 2018, we take a look back over an interview with Regis Bismuth, professor at the Sciences Po Law School and co-editor of Sensibilité animale. Perspectives juridiques (CNRS Editions)* for an overview of advances in animal rights.

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Gene-edited babies: China wants to be the world leader, but at what cost?

Gene-edited babies: China wants to be the world leader, but at what cost?

Recent claims of the world’s first gene-edited babies have sparked a strong response, to say the least. In particular, the Southern University of Science and Technology, which employs the researcher involved, He Jiankui, stated in a press release that they were not aware of his work, that it took place off campus, and that it was a case of potential scientific misconduct that would not go unaddressed.

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Transparency and Accountability in Mainstream Media

Transparency and Accountability in Mainstream Media

Yochai Benkler doesn’t like the way the term “fake news” has been deployed by Donald Trump. In this video interview, he provides the original use of the term and discusses major challenges facing democracy, spurred not only by the under-regulation of mainstream media but in a context of deep economic security and identity threat.

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In the US, environmental activists are organising their resistance

In the US, environmental activists are organising their resistance

While environmental issues weren’t at the core of the campaign for the U.S. midterm elections, Donald Trump’s climate-change denialism and full assault on the regulations put in place under Barack Obama have generated a broad and often effective response. Transformed into a referendum on Trump and his presidency, the midterm campaign was dominated by issues that amplified the ideological divide and fuelled the President’s demagoguery.

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How "sanctuary cities" in the US stand up to Federal immigration enforcement

Targeted during President Trump’s presidential campaign and directly threatened in his ensuing executive order in January 2017, the topic of sanctuary cities has resurfaced to the forefront of political debate in the past year. Although there is not one single definition of what it means to be a sanctuary city, sanctuary cities are generally characterised by a general declaration of support by a city’s leaders for its residents, and in particular undocumented residents. More ambitious sanctuary policies seek to limit how local law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

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