Professor Alain Supiot FBA

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

Elected 2015

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year elected

Alain Supiot is Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France, where he held the chair Social State and Globalization: Legal Analysis of Solidarities (2012-2019). He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and holds honorary doctorates from several universities, including Louvain-la-Neuve, Aristotle of Thessaloniki, Liège, Buenos Aires.

Alain Supiot was successively a professor at the University of Poitiers and Nantes and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2001-2012) before being elected to the Collège de France. He spent several years conducting overseas research at the Institute of Industrial Relations Berkeley (1981), the European University Institute Florence (1989-1990), and at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1997-1998). From 1998 to 2001, he chaired the National Council for the Development of the Humanities and Social Sciences and from 2017 to 2019 he was a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work (ILO). He founded and directed the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study between 2008 and 2013, which gathers a community of scholars every year from northern and southern countries.

His work has mainly been in two complementary fields: labour law and legal theory.

Alain Supiot has published 34 books both alone or in collaboration with other researchers, which have often been translated into foreign languages. Many of his publications are available online.

Current post

Emeritus professor at the Collège de France

Past appointment

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


Labour is not a commodity: The content and meaning of work in the twenty-first century, International Labour Review, Vol.

Published in 2021

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

Critique du droit du travail 2015, Presses universitaires de France

La gouvernance par les nombres 2015, Fayard

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

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