Two LADIE Projects Awarded ANR grants

  • International
  • Research
Published on October 5, 2023 Updated on October 6, 2023

from September 1, 2023 to September 1, 2026


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The laboratory is honored to have two research projects funded by the ANR: the ANR JCJC project "Immigrants and Emigrants. The Demos in the face of migratory movement" (DEMIG) led by Professor Jules Lepoutre, with the participation of Mehdi Mezaguer, and the ANR collaborative research project "The Contemporary Challenges of Straits" (DÉCODE), which involves ULCO, the University of Nantes, and Université Côte d'Azur (LADIE). The project is coordinated by Professor Catherine Roche (ULCO), and UniCA’s contribution is led by Magali Lehardy.

The DEMIG project, for which Professor Jules Lepoutre is the scientific coordinator, is cross-disciplinary and brings together LADIE’s research themes of Human Security and Movements and International and European Legal Systems. The initiative aims to position French legal research in the field of migration studies as a whole, and not just confined to immigration studies. In essence, the project aims to broaden the term “migration law” beyond simply “foreigners’ rights,” to encompass all aspects of migration that relate to the law. Similarly, in constitutional law studies, the project strives to highlight the importance of a nation’s people and the legal delineation of its boundaries (who is included or excluded) in democracy studies, to strengthen emerging research pathways that transcend questions of the distribution of power.

In terms of knowledge production, the project aims to map various state rules organizing the political participation of individuals based on their migratory status. The ultimate goal is to gain deeper insights into the workings of the cardinal institution of citizenship and the very possibility of participating in the democratic life of a state. DEMIG aims to improve the technical understanding of legal mechanisms related to citizenship, and thereby inform legal professionals (government, administration, and judges).On an interdisciplinary level, the research project will draw on social sciences (political science, history, and sociology) to better grasp the historical, social, and political construction of regulations, and thus integrate a critical perspective that rejects the notion that the law is independent of social reality.

A website hosted by Université Côte d'Azur will be created to present the project and publish open-access research articles from the scientific team. The project will last 36 months.

The DÉCODE project is a collaborative research endeavor led by Professor Catherine Roche (Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale) involving ULCO, the University of Nantes (Centre de droit maritime et océanique), and Université Côte d'Azur (LADIE). Within LADIE, Magali Lehardy is a researcher, teacher and academic leader, who has expertise in maritime law specifically focusing on straits. DÉCODE is of significant interest for LADIE’s Law of Spaces research theme and its research strategy within Université Côte d’Azur.

In a context characterized by the linking together, overlapping, and acceleration of global structural changes (international security, energy and food supply, digitization, environment, migrations), straits have become increasingly crucial, calling for new, interdisciplinary thinking. DÉCODE aims to conduct a prospective and cross-disciplinary study to understand and model the elements that will determine the evolution of the way straits are used and controlled, highlighting the interplay between issues and placing straits at center-stage.

The project is based on a research dimension grounded in two major themes (international security and environment) and a knowledge transfer dimension grounded in the establishment of an International and Interdisciplinary Observatory of Straits and the creation of a “Straits” app, which will enable users to instantly create simple or comparative maps and figures with up-to-date tracking and research data. The project will last 48 months.