Professor Alain Supiot FBA

Welfare state, labour law and social security law; jurisprudence; anthropology of law and dogmatic foundations of institutions

Elected 2015

Corresponding Fellow

Professor Alain Supiot obtained his PhD in 1979 (Docteur d'Etat en droit, Bordeaux) and became Professor in law in 1980. He is also Doctor honoris causa of the University of Louvain and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Alain Supiot was successively professor at the University of Poitiers and Nantes, member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 2001 to 2012, where he held the Chair: 'Dogmatique juridique et lien social', before being elected to the College de France in 2012. From 1998 to 2000, he chaired the "Conseil National du developpement des sciences humaines et sociales". He spent several years of overseas research (1981 : Institute of Industrial Relations de Berkeley ; 1989/90 : Institut Universitaire Europaen de Florence ; 1997/98 : Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). In Nantes, he founded the Maison des sciences de l'Homme - Ange Guépin ( in 1995, and then in 2008 the Institut for Advanced Study (, which gathers every Year a community of scholars coming both from 'North' and 'South' countries. The scientific policy of this Institute privileges research into the dogmatic underpinnings of human societies, that is, into what in the meaning which a society assigns to human life lies beyond proof. Alain Supiot remains fellow of the Institut, after being its Director from 2008 to 2013. Alain Supiot has published alone or in collaboration with other researchers 24 books, some of which have been translated into diverse foreign languages. He has contributed to 45 collective works and is the author of 71 articles in French and 85 in other languages. His research focuses mainly on two complementary domains: labour law and social security and theory of law (last published book in English: 'The spirit of Philadelphia. Social justice vs. the Total Market', London New-York, Verso, 2012).

Current post

Professor, Chaire État Social et Mondialisation, Colle?ge de France, Paris; Fellow at large, Nantes's Institute for Advanced Study


Au-delà de l'emploi (Le rapport Supiot) 2016, Flammarion

The Grandeur and Misery of the Social State 2013, Collège de France

The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market 2012, Verso

Homo Juridicus: On the Anthropological Function of the Law 2007, Verso

Critique du droit du travail 2015, Presses universitaires de France

La gouvernance par les nombres 2015, Fayard

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