Boundaries of Public Law
Free Public Lecture
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Melbourne Law Schol
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2017 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lecture
In many western legal systems, public law stands at the crossroads. Now a well–established field of law and doctrinal inquiry, public law has nevertheless either lost its self-evident "autonomy" in the continental systems (as in France) or never acquired such a privileged status (UK, and possibly Australia), despite its development. Redefining the boundaries of public law now seems more necessary than ever. This may raise questions as to the status of the core concepts in the field, and a willingness to challenge the very nature of the "publicness" of public law.
Professor Denis Baranger is professor of public law at Université Panthéon-Assas since 2001.
The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program
The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program enables overseas scholars of international distinction to make an extended visit to the University and contribute to the University's academic, intellectual and cultural life.
The Fellowships are awarded annually, following an application and selection process that begins with nominations from University of Melbourne Faculties.
The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program arose from a recommendation by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund Committee - the body responsible for the management of the Russell Grimwade bequest.
Professor Denis Baranger, Professor of Public Law
Professor Denis Baranger
Professor of Public Law
Denis Baranger is professor of public law at Université PanthéonAssas since 2001. He has received several prizes and distinctions. His first book has been awarded the François Furet Prize in 2001. He has been elected to the Institut Universitaire de France (junior member, active 20082013, now honorary). The Institut Universitaire de France is the French equivalent of the British Academy, with an active membership of 5 years during which a money grant is awarded and the amount of teaching is significantly reduced. Denis Baranger has studied law in Paris (Paris II and Sciences Po) and Cambridge (LLM). He has held several visiting positions, for example at the Melbourne Law School (summer 2001) and the University of Oxford (20022004). He has also been twice a visiting fellow (2009 and 2012) at St Catherine’s college, Oxford, and a MacCormick fellow at the Edinburgh Law Faculty (2013). He has given classes and presentations in several American (Stanford, Grinnell College) and Asian universities (LSU, Keio). In Paris, Denis is codirector of the Institut Michel Villey, Paris II’s jurisprudence center. The Institute has become a major centre for legal research in Europe. It hosts 10 to 15 events a year and edits two online and paper journals. The Institute has a prestigious record of foreign visitors and a fellowship program. Denis Baranger has recently created the Michel Villey chair (Paris jurisprudence lecture). Amongst the first recipients are Jack Balkin (Yale) and Martin Loughlin (LSE). Denis has also been active in developing a research partnership with the Yale Law School, resulting in conferences held both in Paris and Yale, and a summer school taking place in Paris. Denis Baranger is also active in French public service and policy debates. He has notably been a member of the French National Assembly’s committee on constitutional reform (20142015). He regularly comments on public life in the medias. He has published widely, both in French and English.