A word from the Director

Welcome to the Law and Social Change (DCS) laboratory!

DCS is a predominantly legal CNRS Mixed Research Unit which seeks to develop interdisciplinary studies. Our research unit is at the heart of the Societies Hub at the University of Nantes, which brings together researchers from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, the School of Economics and Management (IAE Nantes), the Civil Service Administration College (IPAG Nantes) and the Department of Sociology. It is the principal research centre of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Nantes and is made up of 64 permanent researchers, 18 associate researchers, 7 post-doctoral researchers and around 100 PhD students. Since its creation in 1982, members of the DCS team have  increasingly become involved in international activities, have contributed to many international publications and have been invited to join many international research networks.

Our team analyses the role of case law, litigation and other juridical activity in achieving changes in contemporary society. Law is understood as a comprehensive social phenomenon: it is simultaneously the product of the values and conflicts of society and a major vector for societal change. DCS seeks to express both an internal perspective (research in law) and an external perspective (research about law). Today, juridical activity occurs on many spatial levels, from the local to the global, and the DCS team has developed studies relating to the local, European and international levels.

The research conducted by the members of the DCS team covers both private and public law and covers six broad, interlocking themes: “Political and Legal Europe in the Era of Globalisation”, “Local Governance and the Relocalisation Process”, “Technological, Healthcare and Biopower Innovations”, “Justice(s): Standards, Practices and Societies”, “Human, Social and Professional Mobilities” and “Legal and Interdisciplinary Reflexivities”. The main theme of our research for the five-year period 2021-2026 is the management of crises (public health, economic, social, terrorist, etc.) and its relationship with the legal State and with freedoms and fundamental rights.

The main theme of our research for the five-year period 2021-2026 is the management of crises (public health, economic, social, terrorist, etc.) and its relationship with the legal State and with freedoms and fundamental rights.

High-ranking research projects are conducted here, including European projects, French National Research Agency (ANR) projects and French Regional “Rising Star” projects. Our team also includes several European Chairs, including an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Chair.

Members of the DCS team also supervise students at the university, including Master’s students in Environmental and Urban Planning Law, in Criminal Law and Criminology, in Public Law, in Social Law, in History of Law and in European and International Studies.
 
Gaëtan Cliquennois, Director of the DCS Laboratory

Lastest Publications


Spec Issue Special issue: Human rights, prisons and penal policies

Cliquennois, G., Snacken, S., & van Zyl Smit, D. (Guest Editors)(2021),

European Journal of Criminology, 18(1)
ISSN: 1477-3708



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Livre Clémence The Dynamics of Welfare Markets
Private Pensions and Domestic/Care Services in Europe

Clémence Ledoux, Karen Shire , Franca van Hooren (Eds)

Editeur:  Palegrave Macmillan
Date de parution: 04/02/2021
ISBN: 978-3030566227


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EuropeanHuman
"European Human Rights Justice and Privatisation: The Growing Influence of Foreign Private Funds"
Gaëtan Cliquennois

Editor : Cambridge University Press

Date of publication : 15/10/2020
ISBN : 978-1108497053

 
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SCIENTIFIC HOSTING for a few days or a few months

If you'd like to be hosted on a research internship in the DCS research laboratory.

Contact us 
dcs@univ-nantes.fr

Scientific actuality

Webinar M2 - Seminar “Green Politics in the Age of Ecology”: Being green by all means

Call for papers

The Prediction Factor: Medical Decision in the Age of Big Data


 

Address and Contact Details


Laboratoire Droit et Changement Social - UMR CNRS 6297
Faculté de Droit de Nantes
Chemin de la Censive du Tertre
BP 81307
44 313 NANTES Cedex 3
France
Tel : +33 (0)2 40 14 16 01
Email : dcs@univ-nantes.fr

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