IRCM Carré de Malberg Research Institute

Scientific project

The IRCM was built on the idea of examining how modern and contemporary domestic law has developed and changed due to its European dimension.

This entails monitoring and analyzing the dialogue between legal systems – and especially between judges – resulting from the integration of domestic laws within the framework of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the dialogue between doctrines in the construction of a European public law.

This general research question is key to the IRCM’s identity within the University Research Federation Europe in Mutation, of which it is a member. The IRCM has also developed collaborations beyond the framework of the Federation, working with the Michel Villey Institute on legal culture and the philosophy of law and with the European Pole of Public Administration (PEAP).

Our scholars are active in two main research areas, focusing respectively on the theory of the state and of liberties and on administrative and financial law. These are broadly speaking the two main areas of change for public law, and for domestic public law specifically. They are characterized by deep-seated unity, through the similarities and analogies observed in the role and boundaries assigned to the state by the requirements of protecting economic freedoms and basic rights. This in turn raises the questions of similarities and differences between interventions by the state in its respective roles as guardian of basic rights and of economic freedoms. The IRCM uses a comparative law angle and a global Europeanized approach to tackle these questions.

Research themes

  • General Theory of the State, the Constitution, Freedoms and Human Rights
  • Mutations of Economic and Financial Public Law


Constitutional law, administrative law, human rights, civil liberties, economic public law, public procurement law

Université de Strasbourg
Université de Haute-Alsace
Réseau national des Maisons des Sciences de l'Homme