Events of the Research Centre
Due to the international nature of the Sciences Po Law School, some events are only available in French.
Law School Research Seminar
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.
The workshops are hosted by Professor Julie Saada.
The idea behind this new Globinar – an online avatar of the traditional “PILAGG” seminar – is to open a discussion on the relationship between law, capitalism and crisis by revisiting various canonical texts, and putting them into perspective or making them dialogue with new ones.
The Globinar will run in a book-club format. Three convenors are asked to start a conversation (30 minutes maximum) about any one of the chosen texts or other materials, or the relationship between them. An informal discussion will ensue in which the participants will pick up any of these threads.
For further details, please visit the "Globinar" website.
SAB PROCBentham workshop
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.
The workshops are hosted by Professor Guillaume Tusseau.
The focus of our research project, LEGAG/EDGAM (LEGAL EPISTEMOLOGY and GLOBAL ALGORITHMIC GOVERNANCE; EPISTEMOLOGIE DU DROIT DANS UNE GOUVERNANCE ALGORITHMIQUE MONDIALISÉE) is on the implications of big data on our ways of thinking about (and doing) law.
While much attention within the legal field has been on significant substantive issues such as privacy, there has been less enquiry as to our conceptions of normativity, the separation of law and fact, the rise of biopower in legal form, bias and implicit assumptions in the construction of algorithms, or the new distribution of roles between states and private actors. Our project aims therefore to approach the algorithmic turn in law by constructing an epistemological critique of legal knowledge based on and pertaining to big data.
Our first, preliminary workshops were designed to capture the state of the art in terms of law and judicial policy in relation to big data and to understand the stakes of the algorithmic turn from a legal perspective. This took the form of three round tables organized in the course of 2017-18. The discussion brought various epistemological issues to the surface, including the uncanny resemblance between the purported virtues of algorithms and those (alos purportedly) of the rule of law (neutrality, objectivity, efficency, etc). It also led to further questions about legal and scientific epistemologies, thereby paving the way for the next step.
The second stage of our resarch, which we are going to conduct in the last part of 2018, is an interdisciplinary take on these issues. We are looking outside the legal field to the social sciences, medecine (neuroscience), economics and philosophy, to explore whether similar preoccupations arise in other disciplines, and if so, in what vocabularies. The usefulness of this exploration presupposes that an interdisciplinary conversation can indeed take place (on this or any other topic) so as to avoid the mere but all too frequent juxtaposition of knowledge with no mutual enrichment. The organization of this part of our research will therefore be accompanied by a simultaneous reflection on the practice of intersdisciplinarity.
Law and Economics Policy Initiative (LEPI)
The 21st century has witnessed radical transformations in the way humans live, communicate and interact with their non-human environment: the rise of the internet and tech giants, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and data analytics, climate emergency, rising inequalities across the globe despite the promises of globalisation…
The century calls for a paradigm shift in law and economics, raising numerous questions. Are our laws adequately addressing the new needs of our societies? How do we rethink competition law when players are growing larger and beyond borders and traditional measures of concentration no longer apply? Should we rethink the articulation between industrial and competition policy? How can we use our economic tools and methods to assess and design flexible rules and regulations fir for the digital world? How does big data affect judicial decision making? How can we address the regulatory challenges that climate emergency raises? Have laws reinforced the rising inequalities both within and amongst different states?
The creation of the group “Law and Economics Policy Initiative” aims to address these questions and generally treat subjects where law and economics are intertwined. It is an interdisciplinary venture, building on the strengths of the Department of Economics and the Law School at Sciences Po, but it will ultimately involve the entire Sciences Po community.
The group will be organized around three main themes:
- Antitrust, industrial and innovation policy
- Big data, financial regulation, consumer protection, predictive justice and use of data in sentencing
- Rethinking law and economics to address climate emergency
For further details, please visit the "Law and Economics Policy Initiative" website.
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.
scientific activities of the doctoral programme
Doctoral candidates are members of the research centre 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.