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.
Year 3: 2020-2021
- April 8, 2021 - The theory of legal characters - Mikhaïl Xifaras
- March 25, 2021 - How to do research on/with commons - Séverine Dusollier
- December 10, 2020 - Using literature for distributional analysis - Helena Alviar García
- November 26, 2020 - Law, ethnography and global (dis)order - Luis Eslava
- November 12, 2020 - Experiencing LegalTech as a Law Academic - John Haskell
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.
- April 15, 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.
- April 1, 2021 - Against Parental Rights: Reconstructing the Constitutional Balance of Power in Secondary Education - Roman Zinigrad
- March 18, 2021 - Can good faith be used to control trustees in civil law family trusts? - Joyman Lee
- March 11, 2021 - Tax law, Alaska Natives, and settler colonialism: A case study - Max Zahnd
- March 4, 2021 - Critical Perspectives on drug harm and addiction - Joaquín Vélez Navarro
Intensive DOCTORAL Week
10th Edition online from 14 to 18 June 2021
Initiated in 2011, the Intensive Doctoral Week is a co-organised initiative by Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Nanterre University.
For its 10th edition, the Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) reinvents itself. The 2021 IDW will take place online on its 3 new distinct platforms. Besides its traditional writing workshops (ID Writing), the IDW will include a new online channel fully dedicated to legal research (ID Tube). It will also offer meeting rooms (ID Lounge) where junior researchers and established academics from all over the globe will be able to react to the broadcasted movies as well as meet and discuss legal research.
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
- January 23, 2019 - Interdisciplinary working group on AI
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.
Contact: Pratyush Upreti
- March 21, 2019 - Finding the Needle in a Legal Haystack
- February 21, 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
- April 23, 2021 - La violence, le droit, l’État
- March 26, 2021 - Une généalogie de l’État ?
- February 26, 2021 - Comment penser le droit en tant que juriste anarchiste ?
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.
- March 24, 2021 - The Batman Saga
- February 24, 2021 - The Birds (1963)
- January 27, 2021 - The Eichmann Show (2015)
- December 16, 2020 - The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)
- December 2, 2020 - Synecdoche, New York (2008)
- November 28, 2019 - Behind the Curve (2018)
- October 17, 2019 - Footnote (2011)
- September 26, 2019 - Hail Satan? (2019)
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.
- February 6, 2020 - Glocalizing the peripheries of law
- April 17, 2019 - Reconceptualizing Child Soldiering
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
- December 4, 2019 - Competition Law & Inequality
- September 10, 2019 - Climate Change Sustainability and Competition Law
- June 26, 2019 - Competition Law and Sustainability: Addressing the Broken Links
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.