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ODEC 8085 - Investigating European Law as a way of life

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Law in Europe is often conceived as institutional project – a mode of regulating a set of economic and social activities. Yet, it may also be seen as an existential project – a way to structure and generate modes of existence and modes of coexistence, a bundle of social practices and individual dispositions, a set of sentiments and beliefs. Why this dimension of law is not always acknowledged may have to do with the fact that this idea is still in search of its own methodology. The seminar will look for this: critical and innovative ways to approach Law ‘as a way of life'. This will be done by reviewing a series of contemporary theories and by linking these to case studies.


AZOULAI, Loïc (Sciences Po law school professor)

Pedagogical format

An interactive class discussion based on the prescribed readings.

Course validation

Participation and contribution during the seminar.


Preparation of prescribed readings.

Required reading

  • Read European Union Law as a Way of Life Editorial Comments, 54 Common Market Law Review 357 (2017) :
  • Look at FOLIE research project on Sciences Po Webpage :