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Professor emeritus at the College de France

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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 Tél : 02 40 14 16 01

Collège de France, 3, rue d'Ulm, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05
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Taught academic discipline(s)

Labor Law and Social Security Law - Law and Anthropology

Activities / Resume

Professor Alain Supiot obtained his PhD in 1979 at the University Montesquieu of Bordeaux and became Professor in law in 1980. 

Alain Supiot was successively professor at the University of Poitiers and Nantes, Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2001-2012), before being elected in 2012 to the Collège de France. From 1998 to 2000, he chaired the "Conseil national du développement des sciences humaines et sociales". He spent several years of overseas research (1981: Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations; 1989/90: European Institute of Florence; 1997/98: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin).He was a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work (ILO)

He founded in 2007 the Nantes Institut for Advanced Study, whose he was Director from 2008 to 2013.

He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Doctor honoris causa of the University of Louvain La Neuve, University of Buenos-Aires and of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Liège

Alain Supiot has published alone or in collaboration with other researchers 30 books, many of which have been translated into diverse foreign languages. His research focuses mainly on two complementary domains: labour law and social security and theory of law. His main books published in English are:

  • Homo Juridicus: On the Anthropological Function of the Law,2007, Verso.
  • The Grandeur and Misery of the Social State, 2013, Fayard/Collège de France.
  • The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market, 2012, Verso.
  • Governance by Numbers. The Making of a Legal Model of Allegiance 2017, Hart.
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Mis à jour le 28 May 2024.