18 March 2014

NORMA project

The NORMA project addresses the issue of norms in the context of legal studies, and also involves philosophy, sociology and engineering sciences.

NORMA’s aim is to bring a new perspective to the study of norms and their production, meaning and use, on the premise that awareness and experience of plurality in a globalised world cannot leave our conceptions of the normative intact. This shift in focus towards transformations or adaptations of standardisation regimes should, in turn, lead to a review of the categories into which we divide the complex phenomena that are often conveniently referred to as “diversity”.

This research project is a work programme in which practical issues are significant. The intention is to achieve a change in perspective thanks to the transdisciplinarity, typical of heSam Université and mainly involving law, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, and to support this aim by promoting a change in disciplinary culture through relevant training and, reaching beyond academia, among public stakeholders but also among socio-economic players, where the lack of operators trained in the humanities and social sciences and for research is repeatedly observed.

On the one hand, NORMA’s objective is to train “enlightened experts”, in other words people who, as well as their speciality, have also acquired a working knowledge of tools used in other disciplines, which helps to place decisions effectively in context.

On the other hand, through its pool of researchers, NORMA is seeking to build up a reservoir of expertise that both public and socio-economic stakeholders can turn to for studies, opinions or recommendations, especially on issues at points of intersection between the disciplines or specialities concerned.

The project focuses on three areas of research that analyse the normative in all its complexity by exploring the foundations of its various components, dimensions and systems, as well as their internal dynamics and inter-relationships:

  • 1st study focus: foundations and classification of norms;
  • 2nd study focus: production and significance of norms;
  • 3rd study focus: how norms and normative systems interact.

Accordingly, a series of research projects will be conducted on the following questions:

  • sectoral approaches to laws on unfair business practices in professional relationships,
  • local norms for managing cultural and religious diversity,
  • interactionism and law
  • institutionalisation of the Roma as a minority in the European Union,
  • study of individual complaints against judges brought before the French Conseil supérieur de la Magistrature (supreme judicial council) and their treatment. Contribution to the State’s responsibility for justice,
  • knowledge of the law under the Ancien Regime; knowledge of the laws of the Ancien Regime,
  • conflicts of interest in science, technology and research.

The project involves eight heSam University teams:

  • Combined research unit on comparative law , UMR 8103, CNRS and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • IREDIES, EA 2490 + EA 139, University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne
  • IRJS, EA 4150, University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne
  • PhiCo, EA3562, University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne
  • CENJ – Institut Mauss, UMR 8178, CNRS and EHESS
  • GSRL, UMR 8582, CNRS and EPHE
  • LCPI (Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation – Laboratory for production design and innovation), EA 3927, ENSAM – Arts et Métiers Paristech
  • CRDC (to be incorporated into the UMR on comparative law), EA 137, University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.
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