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KDEC 9055 - Legal Regulation in postmodern times through a Benthamian Lens

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This research seminar intends to examine what insights and perspectives can be drawn from the thought of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) in order to understand several aspects of contemporary legal phenomena and open new and original perspectives for legal and political analysis, The major assumption is that what Bentham wrote about the nature and goals of legislation is relevant and illuminating and allows imagining new theoretical and practical perspectives. Several scholars will successively ponder over the following topics: Can there be a moral calculus? From Law to Indirect Legislation: Norms and Actions in Bentham's Philosophy Law and literature, law as literature, law in literature Post-Modern Regulation: Non-legal Normativity in "From Bentham to Biopolitics and Nudges" Explaining the 'force' of the law: is epistemic panlegalism a safe political stance? Conceptual transfers and circulation of legal ideas: a comparative study of Bentham's English and French Writings


  • BOURCIER, Benjamin (Docteur en philosophie)
  • BOZZO-REY, Malik (Enseignant Chercheur)
  • BRUNON-ERNST, Anne (Maître de conférences)
  • CLERO, Jean-Pierre (Professeur des Universités)
  • WROBEL, Claire (Maître de conférences)

Pedagogical format

Emmanuelle DE CHAMPS, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, ‘Utilitarianism in the History of Ideas' Jean-Pierre CLERO, Université de Rouen, ‘Bentham and Fictions' Claire WROBEL, Université Panthéon-Assas, ‘Bentham's Panopticon in Theory and in Fiction' Malik BOZZO-REY, Université Catholique de Lille, ‘Bentham's Conception of a Democratic State' Benjamin BOURCIER, Université Catholique de Lille, ‘Bentham On Migration' Anne BRUNON-ERNST, Université Panthéon-Assas, ‘New Forms of Regulation in Perspective: Indirect Legislation, Biopolitics and Nudging'

Course validation



Attendance and debate

Required reading

Bentham J., An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1789, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996, also available at