Public law is understood to be the body of rules and principles that regulate the State, its institutions and their relationships with individuals and public and private organisations. From a public administration perspective, these rules and principles constitute both a framework and a means of action; they are closely associated with a variety of other instruments aimed at shaping individual and group behaviours. Studying the field of regulation requires an investigation of all these instruments.
The Public Law and Regulation Unit’s mission is to study the normative world made up of legal and non-legal rules. It examines many different contemporary issues, particularly the development of digital platforms and technologies. Its research aims to contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge about these developments and the resources that can be deployed to accompany them. The Unit’s broader endeavours combine this fundamental and applied research with teaching and consultancy work.