Please tell us about your research project.
I am writing a doctoral thesis in Law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, under the supervision of Pr. Judith Rochfeld. My PhD focuses on the prediction in Law, with a comparative and cross-disciplinary point of view. The final purpose is to define this notion, which includes the economic mutations specific to data markets and existing legal rules about the anticipation of a future event. Prediction is at the centre of new practices in various fields. Legal analytics is an illustration of this phenomenon in Law, while profiling is another illustration in the advertising industry.
The issues raised are not specific to the French system. Although the practices are similar on both sides of the Channel, the legal frameworks are different and justify a comparative analysis. Above all, Common Law is particularly interesting due to its original approach to predictive practices, which is totally different from French Law or European Union Law.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I am in Oxford thanks to the partnership with the Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL) for young researchers in Law. I am staying here over Michaelmas term, from the beginning of October to the end of December. This programme is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from the experience of researchers and other residents and to compare English, French and European approaches.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
Being able to experience the dynamism of this city is a great opportunity. Oxford is so beautiful, each street is a new delight. The architecture and parks are impressive. The University is everywhere, and libraries and research centres are really part of the city. The Maison Française makes you feel at home, everyone is welcoming.