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Antoine Garapon

PhD in Law, he is a judge and General-Secretary of the Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice (IHEJ) in Paris.

Since 1993 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Olga Spitzer Association, which is concerned with the management of institutions for children and adolescents with difficulties. He was previously a judge in the juvenile courts of Valenciennes (1980-1982) and Créteil (1983-1990), after which he taught in the National Magistracy School of France from 1990 to 2001.

He is editor of the review Esprit and has written widely on legal, cultural, historical and political themes. He is director of the collection “Bien commun” at Editions Michalon in Paris and speaks on a weekly basis on the national radio station France-Culture.

He has published more than thirty books, all of them concerned with law and justice. Notable among his more recent works are Imaginer la loi: le droit dans la littérature (Michalon, Paris 2008); Juger en Amérique et en France: culture juridique française et common law (O. Jacob, Paris 2003); Des crimes qu'on ne peut ni punir ni pardonner: pour une justice internationale (O. Jacob, Paris: 2002); Et ce sera justice: punir en démocratie (O. Jacob, Paris 2001) and, in Spanish, Juez y democracia. Una reflexión muy actual (Judge and Democracy: A Most Up-to-Date Reflection – Flor del Viento, 1998).

Update: 27 April 2011


Has participated in

Justice, Democracy and the Constitutional State

Dialogues on the Globalization Scene