Alain Supiot

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Alain Supiot
Born (1949-06-05) 5 June 1949 (age 70)
EducationLicentiate (law, 1970, and sociology, 1972), Doctor of law (1979)
Alma materUniversity of Bordeaux 1

Alain Supiot FBA (born 5 June 1949 in Nantes)[1][2] is a French legal scholar.


Supiot achieved his licentiate in law in 1970 and in sociology in 1972, and finished his Ph.D. in law from the University of Bordeaux 1 France, in 1979.[1] 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 Nantes Institute for Advanced Study Foundation, 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"
He was elected as corresponding fellow to the British Academy in 2015.[3] He is a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work formed by International Labour Organization [4]

Main works published in English[edit]

  • Supiot, Alain (2017). Governance by Numbers, The Making of a Legal Model of Allegiance. Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law. Translated by Brown, Saskia. Bloomsbury Publishing (published 2017-11-30). ISBN 9781509907748.
  • 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 (2017). "Conclusion : "Comparative Law between Globalisation and Mondialisation"". In Besson, Samantha; Heckendorn Urscheler, Lukas; Jubé, Samuel (eds.). Comparing Comparative Law. Zurich: Schulthess Verlag. pp. 209–218. ISBN 978-3-7255-8633-2.
  • Supiot, Alain. "The Perspective of the Drowning: Alain Supiot on Simone Weil" (Interview). Verso. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  • 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 (2012). "Poverty through the Prism of the Law". Field Actions Science Reports (Special Issue 4): 114–117.
  • Supiot, Alain (Jan–Feb 2012). "Under Eastern Eyes". New Left Review (73): 29–36.
  • Supiot, Alain (2010). "A legal perspective on the economic crisis of 2008" (PDF). International Labour Review. 149 (2): 151–162. doi:10.1111/j.1564-913x.2010.00081.x.
  • 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.
  • Supiot, Alain (2008). "Europe won over to the "communist market economy"". Global Labour Institute.
  • 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.
  • Supiot, Alain (December 2000). "The Dogmatic foundations of the Market". Industrial Law Journal. 29 (4): 321–345. doi:10.1093/ilj/29.4.321. (reprinted in 40th anniversary issue )

See also[edit]


  • YouTube Alain Supiot - La gouvernance par les nombres – Fondation Hugot du Collège de France (English subtitles available)


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Collège de France (in French). Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Alain Supiot, Wandel der Arbeit und Zukunft des Arbeitsrechts in Europa, in Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit, Beate Redslob (ed.), p. 293
  3. ^ Fellow page, (accessed 2016 December 4)
  4. ^ Global Commission on the Future of Work