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Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Pantheon-Sorbonne University logo.svg
MottoOmnibus Sapientia, Unicuique Excellentia
Established1971 - following the division of the University of Paris (founded: c. 1150)
Budget€117 million (2009)[1]
PresidentGeorges Haddad
Administrative staff

48°50′55″N 2°20′36″E / 48.8486°N 2.3433°E / 48.8486; 2.3433
Colours     Blue,      White,      Gold
AffiliationsChancellerie des Universités de Paris
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne is located in Paris
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
Location in Paris

University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (French: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), also known as Paris 1 or Pantheon-Sorbonne University, is a multidisciplinary public research university in Paris, France.[2]

It was established in 1971 by Professors François Luchaire [fr] (Law), Henri Bartoli [fr] (Economics) and Hélène Ahrweiler (Humanities) from two faculties of the historical University of Paris — colloquially referred to as the Sorbonne — after the events of May 1968, which resulted in the division of one of the world's oldest academic institutions. The double origin of the founders – Luchaire and Bartoli from the Faculty of Law and Economics and Ahrweiler from the Faculty of Letters – is now found in the name of the university: Panthéon for law and Economics, Sorbonne for humanities.[3][4]

Pantheon-Sorbonne is multidisciplinary, and has three main domains: Economic and Management Sciences, Human Sciences, and Legal and Political Sciences;[5] comprising several subjects such as: Economics, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Humanities, Cinema, Plastic arts, Art history, Political science, Mathematics, Management, and Social sciences.[6]

Pantheon-Sorbonne's headquarters is located on the Place du Panthéon in the Latin Quarter, an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris. The university also occupies part of the historical Sorbonne campus. Overall, its campus includes over 25 buildings in Paris, such as the Centre Pierre Mendès France ("Tolbiac"), the Maison des Sciences Économiques, among others.[7]

In 2018, Pantheon-Sorbonne was globally ranked 209th (9th of France) by QS World University Rankings,[8] 501-600th (25th of France) by The Times Higher Education[9] and 1010th (54th of France) by US News[10]. By world reputation, it was ranked 71-80th (2nd of France) in 2017 by THE.[11] It was also ranked by the 2018 QS Rankings by Subject as being 1st in France in Archaeology, History, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Anthropology.[12] In the French Eduniversal rankings, it is ranked 1st of France in Economics, 4th in Law and 14th in Business.


Helene Ahrweiler, one of the cofounders of Paris 1

The historic University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was reorganised in 1970 as 13 autonomous universities after the student protests of the French May. Following months of conflict between students and authorities at the University of Paris at Nanterre, the administration shut down that university on May 2, 1968. Students of the University of Paris protested the closure and the threatened expulsion of several students at Nanterre on May 3, 1968. After the student protests of May and June 1968, thirteen universities succeeded to the University of Paris (nicknamed "the Sorbonne"), which ceased to exist.

Pantheon-Sorbonne University was established in 1971 by Professors François Luchaire (Law), Henri Bartoli (Economy) and Hélène Ahrweiler (Humanities) from two faculties of the historical University of Paris — colloquially referred to as the Sorbonne — after the French May of 1968, which resulted in the division of one of the world's oldest academic institution. The double origin of the founders – Luchaire and Bartoli from the Faculty of Law and Economics and Ahrweiler from the Faculty of Letters – is now found in the name of the university: Panthéon for law and Economics, Sorbonne for humanities.[13][14]

While Paris-Sorbonne University and Sorbonne Nouvelle succeeded the faculty of humanities of the University of Paris,[15] Panthéon-Assas University the faculty of law and economics,[16] and Pierre and Marie Curie University and Paris Descartes University the faculty of sciences, Panthéon-Sorbonne University was founded on a wish for interdisciplinarity by bringing together disciplines. Indeed, most of the law professors of the faculty of law and economics of the University of Paris wished only to restructure their faculty into a university.[17] However, most of the faculty's economists and political scientists and some public law professors sought to create a university which would extend beyond the disciplinary compartmentalisation;[18] they hurried ahead of their colleagues and established Paris I—which would later be called "Panthéon-Sorbonne"—with professors of both the faculty of human sciences and the faculty of law and economics.[19] The name of the university show this interdisciplinarity: the Sorbonne building is the traditional seat of the Humanities studies in Paris (hence it is also used by Paris III and University Paris-Sorbonne), and the Panthéon building is, with the Assas building,[20] the traditional seat of the law studies (hence it is also used by Panthéon-Assas University).


Reading room of Sainte-Geneviève Library, co-administered with Paris II
View of the Sorbonne, shared with Sorbonne Nouvelle University and Sorbonne University
View of Le centre Michelet, Paris I's campus for Archeology
View of L'Institut de Géographie, Paris I's campus for Geography
Panthéon center, shared with Paris II
Pierre-Mendès-France Center, called "Tolbiac" center, Paris I's campus for undergraduate studies in Law
  • Sorbonne building : Panthéon-Sorbonne occupies part of this historical seat, rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. It is shared with Paris III and Sorbonne University.
    • Albert Châtelet Center : commonly called Calvin, it is a secondary building of the Sorbonne.
    • Rue d'Ulm Center : like Calvin, a secondary building of the Sorbonne.
  • Place du Panthéon Building (not to be confused with the actual Panthéon : Pantheon-Sorbonne occupies part of the historical seat of the Law Faculty of the University of Paris. It is shared with Panthéon-Assas.
  • Institute of Geography : located in the Rue Saint-Jacques, it houses one of the oldest and richest collections of maps in France.
  • Institute of Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques (IHPST) : located in the Rue du Four.
  • Mahler Center : located in the 4th arrondissement, it houses an historical and legal studies institute.
  • Saint-Charles Center : located in the 15th arrondissement. Founded in 1973, it houses the Art School and the School of Cinema.
  • Pierre Mendès-France Center : commonly called Tolbiac, it is located in the 13th arrondissement. Founded in 1973, it is the main center of the University. Freshmen and Sophomores in Humanities are educated at Tolbiac.
    • Tolbiac Center : a secondary building of the Mendès-France Center (which confusingly is also called Tolbiac).
  • René Cassin Center : located in the 13th arrondissement. Founded in 1990, it houses the main part of Law School.
  • Economical Studies Building : located in the 13th arrondissement. It houses the Economics Graduate School.
  • Broca Center : Located in the 5th arrondissement. It houses the Business School.
  • International Building : located in the Boulevard Arago, commonly called Arago. It houses the International Relations Institute.
  • Michelet Center : an exotic Mesopotamian-style building in the 5th arrondissement, it houses the Art History and Archeology School.
  • Fontenay Center : located in the suburban town of Fontenay-aux-Roses, in the old buildings of the École Normale Supérieure. It houses the School of Work Social Sciences.
    • Sceaux Center : in the suburban town of Sceaux, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.
    • Bourg-la-Reine Center : located in Bourg-la-Reine, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.
    • Nogent Center : located in Nogent-sur-Marne, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.

The main buildings are the Centre Pierre Mendès France, the Centre René Cassin, the Centre Saint-Charles, the Centre Arago which houses the new International Relations Building; the research centers have been relocated, in particular in the Rue Malher and the Boulevard de l’Hôpital, where the Economics Building is currently located.

Tolbiac blockages[edit]

The Tolbiac centre, which hosts the undergraduate lectures in Law of Paris I University, is regularly blocked by students in order to protest right-wing reforms of the government. Lectures are then cancelled, up to several months[citation needed]. In 2018, Tolbiac centre was once again blocked for one month. Among some students' many demands were:

1, the revocation of the law granting universities the possibility to select students on merit and not on random base if there is not enough places available for all applicants;[21]

2, the resignation of the president of France Emmanuel Macron;

3, the Republic's recognition of Kurdistan's statehood;

4, an automatic pass mark for all students of Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Violence militants were spotted and Molotov cocktails found.[22][23] An MP came to Tolbiac to discuss with the occupants but he was physically attacked by the occupants.[24] The occupants gave a press conference from inside the building, with a dog on the press table and with a setting which was mocked over the internet.[25][26] A parodic Twitter account of the dog speaker was set out and received nearly 30 000 followers, it was called a "satire of (leftist) militantism".[27][28][29][30]

Some professors of history and other social sciences of Pantheon-Sorbonne approved of the occupation.[31][32][33] However, the president of the university Georges Haddad denounced a capharnaum of violence, drug, sex and rave parties in the occupied Tolbiac center[34] and asked the police to remove the vandals. The police first refused to do it and Emmanuel Macron explained that decision in a TV interview by referring to the topography of the Tolbiac centre. The police finally broke in the early morning, while the occupants were sleeping. The police founded new Molotov cocktails that the occupants intended to use on them. The students had heavily vandalized the recently refurbished center, the cost of the damages might be near 1 million euros.[35][36][37][38] Haddad decided to file a criminal complaint.[39]

Organisation and administration[edit]

The Pantheon-Sorbonne University is organized in several departments (unités de formation et de recherche) and institutes.


  • Economics
  • Art History and Archaeology
  • Art
  • Sorbonne School of Management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Law

Art School[edit]

The Sorbonne Art School (École des arts de la Sorbonne) specializes in plastic arts.[40] The school offers degrees from the Bachelor to the Doctorate level.[41] The specialities are cinema, plastic arts, design, management of cultural projects or institutions, and aesthetics.

Law Department[edit]

Panthéon-Sorbonne united in 2009 all legal studies in the university and gave that new department the name of École de droit de la Sorbonne ("Sorbonne Law School"). The school offers degrees from the Bachelor to the Doctorate level.[42] The Sorbonne Law School holds since 1993 with Cornell University, the "Cornell Law School-Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne Summer Institute of Comparative and International Law".[43]


  • Sorbonne Graduate Business School
  • Institute for the Study of Economic and Social Development (IEDES)
  • Paris Demography Institute (IDUP)
  • Institute for Research and Advanced Studies in Tourism (IREST)
  • Institute of Labour Studies (ISST)
  • Institute of Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques (IHPST)
  • Institute for War and Peace Studies
  • Institute of Juridical and Philosophical Sciences (ISJPS)

Sorbonne Publishing[edit]

Sorbonne Publishing (Editions de la Sorbonne) is a publishing house of the Panthéon-Sorbonne University.[44]

It has published over 700 books since 1971 and publishes approximately 50 new titles a year.[45]



Teaching and learning[edit]


Research programs exist in economics, management and applied mathematics; in law and politics; in philosophy and the arts; in history, art history and archaeology; in geography, demography and sociology, to name but some. The eleven hundred members of faculty, 200 researchers who are attached to major research institutions, mainly the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), and 150 technical and administrative staff are grouped in 68 research groups recognised by the CNRS and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Every year around 400 PhD theses are defended and 1,700 pre-PhD post-graduate degrees are awarded in 74 subjects divided between 15 graduate schools.

Documentary resource centers[edit]

In Economics, the library at the Centre Pierre Mendès France offers students free access to its large collection.

In Law, the Cujas Library, co-administered with Panthéon-Assas, with its computerized documentation service, provides access to over 500 data banks and is the largest law and economics library in France.

In Humanities, The Sorbonne library, a common library of Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, Sorbonne University, Paris Descartes University, and Paris Diderot University. It is administered by Panthéon-Sorbonne University as per a governing agreement signed among these universities in 2000.[46] It has a collection of almost three million books, 100,000 of which are more than 200 years old, and 17,500 periodicals covering all the humanities. The library and map collection of the Geography Institute are the oldest such collection in France. In addition, the 400,000 volumes in the specialist libraries offer users one of the largest collections in France and Europe.


Panthéon-Sorbonne has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents. These exchanges revolve around international networks such as Europaeum which bring together Oxford, London, Bologna, Bonn, Geneva, Helsinki, Leiden and Prague. The University of Paris I also heads a number of consortia which bring together French universities and professional organisations. The consortia are responsible for major international projects in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Istanbul (Galatasaray), and Moscow.

Every year some 130 academics from foreign universities come to teach and do research at the University of Paris I. Many researchers and members of faculty take part in major international research programs abroad; the University also hosts many annual international conferences. Six thousand international students, mainly from Europe, come to study as part of the SOCRATES or TEMPUS programmes. African students are joined by increasing numbers from Asia and America, and take part in specific programs organised in conjunction with universities across the world.

Dual and double degree programs[edit]

At Panthéon-Sorbonne, students can apply for admission to one of the dual degree or double degree programs designed in conjunction with partner universities in France and abroad. Double degree programs confer two degrees to students, whereas dual degrees confer a degree from the host university only.

University Rankings[edit]

International rankings[edit]

In 2018, Pantheon-Sorbonne was globally ranked 209th (9th of France) by QS World University Rankings,[47] 501-600th (25th of France) by The Times Higher Education[48] and 1010th (54th of France) by US News[49]. By world reputation, it was ranked 71-80th (2nd of France) in 2017 by THE.[50] It was also ranked by the 2018 QS Rankings by Subject as being 1st in France in Archaeology, History, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Anthropology, and Economics.[51] and globallly:

By area, it was ranked:

  • In the 2017 QS World University Rankings
    • Arts and Humanities: 61st (2nd in France)
    • Social Sciences & Management: 67th (4th in France)
  • In the 2016/17 Times Higher Education:[52]
    • Arts and Humanities: 34th (2nd in France)
    • Social Sciences: not ranked

National rankings[edit]

Economics and business

In Economics, its undergraduate program is ranked first of the French universities by Eduniversal.[53] Its masters programs are ranked 4th of the French Universities or academic institution by Eduniversal.[54]

In Business, Panthéon-Sorbonne is ranked 14 by Eduniversal, second of the universities, behind Paris Dauphine University.[55]


Panthéon-Sorbonne undergraduate law program is ranked four by Eduniversal.[56] It was ranked in interdinisciplinary fields also, as follow:

  • Law : 4th
  • Law and Economics: 1st
  • Law and English: 3rd

Panthéon-Sorbonne masters law programs are globally ranked second by Eduniversal, behind Panthéon-Assas University ones.[57] On the 55 master's degree ranked in 6 specialties, 4 are from Panthéon-Sorbonne University from 3 specialties, i.e. second ex aequo with Paris Dauphine University and Aix-Marseille University but with higher rankings than these two universities. They were ranked as follow

  • Social Law: 2nd and 3rd
  • Digital Law : 3rd
  • Tax law: 5th

In terms of salary, Panthéon-Sorbonne law graduates are second nationally behind Panthéon-Assas University ones.[58]


No national ranking exists in Humanities.


This list includes notable people affiliated with the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. For people affiliated with the University of Paris which ceased to exist in 1970, see List of University of Paris people.

Notable academics[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Yves-Marie Adeline: PhD in Arts and art writer.
  • Samir Assaf: DEA Money Finance Bank, CEO of HSBC Global Banking & Markets
  • Maurice Benayoun: PhD in Arts and Art Sciences, international artist, Professor at City University of Hong Kong.
  • Christian de Boissieu: doctor in economics, professor and director of the Council of Economic Analysis
  • Ali Bongo Ondimba: President of Gabon, the son of former President Omar Bongo and the Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2009.
  • Jean-Louis Borloo: former minister, LLB
  • Rosi Braidotti, contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician, distinguished Professor in the Humanities at University of Utrecht[59]
  • Jorge Castañeda: Professor at New York University and former Foreign Minister of Mexico.
  • Luc Chatel: Master of Science in Management, Master of Marketing, Secretary of State for Consumer Affairs and Tourism to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment and spokesman for the UMP, former Minister of National Education
  • Alpha Condé: politician and current President of the Republic of Guinea.
  • Régis Debray: ENS, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Thierry Derez: CEO Covéa
  • Harlem Désir: degree in philosophy, now MEP
  • Myriam El Khomri: Masters in Political Sciences, former Minister of Labour
  • Abdullah Ensour: Former Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Taieb Fassi Fihri: Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
  • Sylvie Faucheux, president of the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
  • Laurence Ferrari: Master of political and social communication, journalist
  • Olivia Fox Cabane: Author, business consultant and public speaker
  • Jean Claude Gandur, former Chairman and CEO of Addax Petroleum[60]
  • Irakli Garibashvili: former Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Théodore Holo: President of the High Court of Justice of Benin and former Minister
  • Chantal Jouanno: Minister of Youth and Sports, control of economic and social administration
  • Franck Julien, president of the TFN
  • Giorgos Kaminis: Mayor of the capital of Greece (Athens) and Greek Ombudsman from April 2003 until September 2010.
  • Olga Kisseleva: PhD in Arts and Art Sciences, international artist, Professor at the Sorbonne Art School.
  • Fabrizio Marrella: PhD in International Law, Full Professor of International Law (Venice and Rome, Italy)
  • Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki: PhD in public law, politician, former Prime Minister of Niger
  • Arnaud Montebourg: LLB, French Minister of Industrial Renewal
  • André Mba Obame: former interior minister in Gabon, losing the presidential election in 2009
  • Daniel Ona Ondo Ph.D. in Economics, academic and politician Gabon
  • Vincent Peillon: Bachelor, CAPES, aggregation and doctorate in philosophy. Former MEP, former member of the Somme and the current Minister of National Education.
  • Yazid Sabeg: CS executive and communication systems, and Commissioner for Diversity and Equal Opportunities since 17 December 2008
  • Jean-Pierre Thiollet: Writer
  • Manuel Valls: Degree in History. Mayor of Évry, Essonne and former Prime minister
  • Laurent Wauquiez: Masters in History, former Minister of Higher Education and Research
  • Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari: PhD in Politics, Namibian Special Advisor (on Media) to President Hage Geingob.

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Works cited
  • Conac, Gérard (2005). "La fondation de l'université Paris I : François Luchaire, pilote d'une transition institutionnelle". In Bougrab, Jeannette; Maus, Didier (eds.). François Luchaire, un républicain au service de la République (in French). Publications de la Sorbonne. ISBN 978-2859445157.

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Coordinates: 48°50′55″N 2°20′36″E / 48.84861°N 2.34333°E / 48.84861; 2.34333