Alain Supiot

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Alain Supiot (born 1949)[1] is a French legal scholar.


Ph.D. (University of Bordeaux, France, 1979), Professor tenure (1980), member of the « Institut Universitaire de France » (2001, chair of « Dogmatic Grounds of Law and Social Ties »), Ph.D. honoris causa (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Alain Supiot has successively been Professor at the University of Poitiers and Nantes, France (UMR-CNRS 6028). He created in Nantes the « Maison des sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin » (Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences), and more recently the Institute for Advanced Study, which is promoting cooperations between the North and the South in the field of Social Sciences. He was elected to Collège de France on chair «État social et mondialisation : analyse juridique des solidarités»
His career has been landmarked by several years spent in foreign Universities and Research Institutes (Institute of Industrial Relations, Berkeley, USA, 1981 ; Florence University Institute, Italy, 1989–1990 ; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany, 1997–1998). Member of the « Droit social » law review, he also authored numerous books focussing on labor law and social security law (among others : Critique du droit du travail, PUF, 1994) and participated to various collective works (among others : Le travail en perspective, LGDJ, 1998 ; Servir l’intérêt général, PUF, 2000 ; Beyond Employment. Changes in Work and the Future of Labour Law in Europe Oxford University Press, 2001, 245 p.). He has presided at the National Council for the Development of Human and Social Sciences (whose works have been published at PUF, Quadrige collection, 2001, under the title : « Pour une politique des sciences de l’Homme et de la société »). He seats at the scientific committee of the International Labour Review and at the administrative board of the Foundation « Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Paris ». His actual research interests focus of the analysis of the dogmatic foundations of social ties.
His last published book in English is "The Spirit of Philadelphia. Social Justice vs. the Total Market"

Main works published in English[edit]

  • Supiot, Alain; Deakin, Simon, eds. (2009). Capacitas. Contract Law and the Institutionnal Preconditions of a Market Economy. Oxford: Hart Publishing. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-84113-997-5. 
  • Supiot, Alain (2007). Homo Juridicus. On the Anthropological Function of the Law. London - New York: Verso. pp. XXV + 246. ISBN 978-1-84467-105-2. 
  • Supiot, Alain, ed. (2001). Beyond Employment. Changes in Work and the Future of Labour Law in Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-19-924304-4. 

Main articles (in English)[edit]

  • Supiot, Alain (August 2013). "Grandeur and Misery of the Social State". New Left review (82): 99–113.  (abridged version of the inaugural lecture at the College de France, english full text)
  • Supiot, Alain (2013). "The public–private relation in the context of today’s refeudalization". International Journal of Constitutional Law 11 (1): 129–145. doi:10.1093/icon/mos050. 
  • Supiot, Alain (Jan–Feb 2012). "Under Eastern Eyes". New Left Review (73): 29–36. 
  • Supiot, Alain (2009). "Orare/Laborare". Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 30: 641–653. 
  • Supiot, Alain (may–June 2009). "Possible Europes". New Left Review 57: 57–65.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Supiot, Alain (2006). "The position of social security in the system of international labor standards". Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 27 (2): 113–121. 
  • Supiot, Alain (2006). "The outlines of a framework agreement on the extension of social protection". Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 27 (2): 273–296. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alain Supiot, Wandel der Arbeit und Zukunft des Arbeitsrechts in Europa, in Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit, Beate Redslob (ed.), p. 293