Law - Political Science - Administration

THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Law and Political Science

Presentation

University diploma open since the start of the 2002-2003 academic year to students in law, humanities and social sciences who hold the L2 diploma. It is also open to magistrates of the judicial, administrative and financial orders as well as to lawyers.

It is a University Diploma. It is therefore not awarded by the State and cannot be an equivalent condition of access to a postgraduate diploma or another grande école. Nevertheless, its interest is to reinforce the legal and general culture of students, doctoral students in law and law professionals. Above all, it offers the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Montpellier a parallel and optional training in legal theory and philosophy that complements the traditional curriculum.

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The advantages of the course

Indicative bibliography:

Books:
- Alexandre Viala, Philosophie du droit, Ellipses, 2010
- Simone Goyard-Fabre, Les fondements de l'ordre juridique, PUF 1992
- Paul Amselek (sous la dir. de), Controverses autour de l'ontologie du droit, PUF 1988
- Michel Troper, La philosophie du droit, PUF-Que sais-je?2003
- Michel Troper, Pour une théorie juridique de l'Etat, PUF-Léviathan, 1994
- Michel Troper, La théorie du droit, le droit, l'Etat, PUF-Léviathan, 2002
- Pierre Bouretz (sous la dir. de), La force du droit, Ed. Esprit, 1991
- Michel Villey, La formation de la pensée juridique moderne, PUF-Léviathan, 2003
- Léon Duguit, L'Etat, le droit objectif et la loi positive, Dalloz (reed.), 2003
- Raymond Carré de Malberg, Contribution à la Théorie générale de l'Etat, Dalloz (reed.), 2003
- Hans Kelsen, Théorie pure du droit, trad. Ch. Eisenmann, 2nd ed. (reed. LGDJ-Bruylant, 1999)
- Eric Millard and Olivier Jouanjan (eds.), Les théories réalistes du droit, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2000.
- Jean-Cassien Billier and Aglaé Maryioli, Histoire de la philosophie du droit, Armand Colin, 2001


Journals:
- Archives de philosophie du droit
- Revue de la recherche juridique et de droit prospectif
- Droits (Revue Française de théorie, de philosophie et de culture juridiques)
- Cahiers de philosophie politique et juridique
- Droit et société
- Revue interdisciplinaire d'études juridiques
- Juspoliticum (online journal)

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Objectives

The DU in Philosophy of Law offers a general training intended to enlighten students and professional lawyers on the foundations and nature of legal rules. What is law? Why is it compulsory to obey the law? What is the source of validity of the Constitution? What ensures the effectiveness of a legal order? Is justice an absolute concept? Is the law defined only by its formal structure or does it have to carry a certain content to merit obedience? Do judges set themselves up as legislators when interpreting and applying laws? Is there a logic to judicial reasoning? Does society spontaneously secrete norms even before the legislator intervenes? All these questions are addressed through lectures and written and oral tests. The main purpose of these courses is to enable law students as well as judges and lawyers to develop their legal culture so that they can grasp the issues at stake in their technical discipline with a certain distance. They offer students of the humanities the opportunity to understand why a society cannot exist without legal regulation.

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Organization

Control of knowledge

- Article 1: Nature of the courses

2 lectures leading to a written test:

- Ontology and epistemology of law (24 h) Alexandre VIALA
- History of legal thought (15 h) Nour-Eddine BELABBAS

3 lectures leading to an oral test:

- Economic analysis of law (15 h) Alain MARCIANO
- Legal pluralism (15 h) Jordane ARLETTAZ
- Epistemology of comparative law (15 h) Stéphane PINON

- Article 2: All the tests have the same coefficient
- Article 3: There are no eliminatory marks
- Article 4: Validation of the diploma

The student must obtain an overall average of 10/20 to validate the diploma. The tests take place in the second half of June. A make-up session is organised in the second half of September. The student then retakes the test(s) in which he/she did not obtain the average.
- Article 5 : Mentions

12/20 : Assez Bien
14/20 : Bien
16/20 : Très/20

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Programme

2 lectures leading to a written test:
- Ontology of law (20 h)
- History of legal concepts (20 h)
2 lectures leading to an oral test:
- Economic analysis of law (20 h)
- Legal pluralism (20 h)

- Article 2: All the tests have the same coefficient
- Article 3: There are no eliminatory marks
- Article 4: Validation of the diploma

The student must obtain an overall average of 10/20 in order to validate the diploma The tests take place in the second half of June. A make-up session is organised in the second half of September. The student then retakes the test(s) in which he/she did not obtain the average.

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Admission

Conditions of access

Requirements: To hold the L2 diploma certificate.

 

Registration period:
Each year, from 1 September to 31 October, to Mrs Abbassi (Faculty of Law and Political Science, C.E.R.CO.P, 5th floor, office n° 5.06, 39, rue de l'Université, 34060 Cedex 2)
(tel: 04 34 43 28 64; e-mail: habiba.abbassi@univ-montp1.fr)


Registration fee: 240 euros (student rate) 1200 euros (professional rate)

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Target audience

Recruitment pool:
The DU is open to law and humanities students who have completed at least the first two years of the bachelor's degree, as well as to professionals (magistrates of the judiciary, advisors to administrative courts, members of financial jurisdictions, lawyers).

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