Doctoral candidates are members of the academic community of the Law School. They are encouraged to be involved in the collective life of the School and take part in the organization of some of its event, including the following:
Law and Methods seminar
This is the only mandate course to complete the requirements of the doctoral program. This course takes place over 3 years and must be attended by all doctoral candidates in residence. The course is animated by the permanent faculty and invited faculty on different topics exploring different methods and methodologies of research. The calendar of the sessions is distributed by the end of September/early October of each year.
All sessions take place on Thursdays between 14:30-16:30 in the meeting room of the Law School, unless otherwise indicated. Readings are distributed before the sessions, which should be prepared in advance to partake in the discussion.
D1 doctoral candidates and D3 doctoral candidates present their projects and chapters at the D1 and D3 Colloquiums, respectively. These Colloquia are open the entire scientific community at the Law School to engage with their work.
- 25 Nov 2021
- Between becomings: a narratological exploration of the reader in international legal discourse - Rashmi Dharia
- Trade, Investment and Sustainability. Can International Economic Law Promote Non-Economic Objectives? - John Sabet
- 10 Jun 2021 - Against the Commodification of Culture, and for a Egalitarian Distribution of Expressive Opportunities: Copyright as Speech - Léo Pascault
- 29 Apr 2021
- Deontic logic, a tool for law formalization? - Abdelhamid Abidi
- The Origins and Consequences of Political Review of Constitutionality: Chinese Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective - Pengfei Wang
- Condition(s) séculaire(s) du droit. Construire, définir, délimiter juridiquement le religieux - Arié Lévy
- 22 Apr 2021
- "Mass graves" at sea and the European moral crisis: legal and anthropological perspectives on Europe’s relationship to migrant corpses - Mohamed Elsayeh
- Affective Economies of Human Rights - Alexia Katsiginis
- 15 Apr 2021
Visiting students and visiting researchers invited by the Doctoral Program participate in the Law School academic life and present their research projects during these colloquia. The sessions take place on Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:30. Readings are sent in advance of the colloquium thus allowing exchanges that benefit all members of the Law School's scientific community.
- 6 May 2021 - Penser le droit social dans l’Europe des crises économiques et écologique - Pascal McDougall
- 1 Apr 2021 - Against Parental Rights: Reconstructing the Constitutional Balance of Power in Secondary Education - Roman Zinigrad
- 18 Mar 2021 - Can good faith be used to control trustees in civil law family trusts? - Joyman Lee
- 11 Mar 2021 - Tax law, Alaska Natives, and settler colonialism: A case study - Max Zahnd
- 4 Mar 2021 - Critical Perspectives on drug harm and addiction - Joaquín Vélez Navarro
Intensive DOCTORAL WeeK (IDW)
11th Edition from 13 to 17 June 2022
Initiated in 2011, the Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) is a co-organised initiative by Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Nanterre University.
More information will soon be available.
Consult the programmes of the previous editions:
The Graduate Conference of Sciences Po Law School constitutes a yearly event that takes place during the Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) which runs every year in June. Despite the diversity of themes and topics addressed over the years, its main goal is to establish cross-cultural and interdisciplinary conversations in order to critically engage with the legal phenomenon, understood in a plurality of ways.
To do so, young scholars and Ph.D candidates are selected and invited to join a panel among several as part of a more general Conference revolving around a particular theme or research question. The organization committee of the Graduate Conference, which is typically composed of first year Ph.D Candidates at Sciences Po Law School, chooses the themes, selects the speakers and provides the structure of the event.
Doctoral Candidates Seminars
Doctoral seminars are seminars organized by doctoral candidates on various themes and take on different formats (film screenings, lectures, conferences, etc.) that stimulate discussions and interactions at the Law School.
AI Discussion Group
The purpose of this group is to gather researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and institutions, that are interested in AI. The group will serve as a platform for participants to present their work, provide feedback to others and discuss timely issues about AI. The goal is to enhance formal and informal collaborations between participants, exchange knowledge and broaden the outreach to the public. The group meets approximately once a month.
Contact: Doaa Abu Elyounes
- 23 Jan 2019 - Interdisciplinary working group on AI
Law and Migration: Critical Discussions on Epistemology
This seminar aims at identifying and reflecting upon epistemological challenges raised by critical migration legal studies. These challenges can be divided into two aspects at least. On the one hand, in the field of migration, critical approaches should attempt to reveal mechanisms of inclusion or exclusion as well as violence against individuals. On the other hand, the way researchers produce knowledge and the knowledge consequently produced may contribute to epistemic violence or injustice. Questioning our epistemological approaches should enable us to resist these forms of violence or to eliminate them. Such questioning is essential to constructing critical approaches to the relationship between law and migration. This seminar explores both epistemological aspects of migration law by fostering a dialogue with related disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and philosophy.
Although the seminar focuses on migration, legal knowledge not directly related to this object of study will be relevant to the discussion. Possessing extensive knowledge of the subject is therefore not a requirement for participation in the seminar. Similarly, even though our reflection focuses on the relationship between law and migration, we consider that the perspective of non-legal scholars will shed light on this relationship. Discussions will be held in both French and English, but the main language of presentations will depend on discussants. Details will be provided before each session (including readings, language, presenters).
Contact: Mohamed Elsayeh
IP Discussion Group
The IP Discussion Group is a research group at Sciences Po Law School bringing together doctoral researchers, post-doc researchers, faculty members, to discuss the contemporary topic of intellectual property rights and related fields. It provides a platform to exchange ideas, sharing research findings and receiving feedback from peers and faculty members. The Discussion Group organizes events and monthly seminars to discuss current IP development in the EU, French or International levels. The seminars and events are conducted in bilingual (French and English).
The Discussion Group is organized under the supervision of Professor Séverine Dusollier.
- 21 Mar 2019 - Finding the Needle in a Legal Haystack
- 21 Feb 2019 - Intellectual Property in Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaties
The project is an attempt to begin a conversation on the contribution that legal science can make to anarchist political theory. More precisely, the institutions of natural law and customary law offer a glimpse of a stateless society. The goal of our reading group is to discuss the readings which, we think, can help us assess the anarchist potential of these two legal ideas.
Contact: Arié Lévy
Law and Cinema Club
Hosted by the Sciences Po Law School, the Law and Cinema Club selects and screens only the most intriguing films and documentaries, that all share a strong legal dimension. Our monthly screenings seek to regularly bring together a broad range of doctoral students and faculty staff for discussion and introspection.
Peripheries of Law
Peripheries of law is a research project created to bring together researchers coming from the so-called global south who wish to understand, engage and work with each other without the tutelage of hegemonic legal rationalities and epistemologies. This intellectual space should serve to both explore and re-frame the boundaries of law beyond the prevailing views on what law is and what law should be.
We are Competition
As an academic initiative, We Are Competition was founded in 2018 to ensure the younger generations’ contribution to contemporary debates in competition law. Since January 2019, we regularly hold seminars and discussion groups where both students and more advanced scholars present their work. Our events aim to bring together young competition law enthusiasts with their peers, as well as scholars and practitioners. So far, we have covered the impact of digitalization on competition law enforcement, innovation-related challenges for competition law, the market power of big tech companies, multisided market dynamics in competition law, openness and integrity in antitrust, antitrust damages actions, and how to integrate sustainability into competition law enforcement.
Contact: Ayse Yasar
- 4 Dec 2019 - Competition Law & Inequality
- 10 Sep 2019 - Climate Change Sustainability and Competition Law
- 26 Jun 2019 - Competition Law and Sustainability: Addressing the Broken Links
- 26 Apr 2019 - Openness and Integrity in EU Antitrust
- 4 Apr 2019 - Power to the People: Enhancing Competition Law Enforcement in Indonesia Through Private Enforcement. An Asia-EU Comparative Study
- 2 Apr 2019 - Competition Law for a Complex Economy
- 13 Mar 2019 - The Innovation Theory of Harm in EU Merger Control
IGLP’s global Workshop
Sciences Po Law School will be the co-sponsor of the annual workshop organized by Harvard’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP). This event is an intensive ten day residential program designed for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars aiming to promote innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy and social justice in the aftermath of the economic crisis.
Directed by a team of Harvard faculty, and notably by Professor David Kennedy (Faculty Director of the Institute), the workshop aims to bring together specialists from across the arts and sciences as well as the professional schools who are interested in the intersections between law, economics and global policy.