French Administrative Law

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
01 July 2024


Requisites for this module
LW106 and LW112



Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M123 Licence English and French Law (Double Degree)

Module description

You will receive an overview of French administrative law, including the elements of EU law that influences and shapes the current development of French administrative law.

You will focus on the legal methods specific to French law and will become familiar with French legal culture.

Module aims

Compulsory for students of the LLB English and French laws with Maitrise, it gives an overview of the French administrative law and of the balance between its two constitutive imperatives.

On the one hand, French administrative law limits the powers of the State to protect citizens` interests. On the other, it empowers the State and its administration in order to ensure the appropriate functioning of society.

This module also focuses on the legal methods specific to French law (especially dissertation and commentaire de decision).

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain the key principles and rules of French administrative law
2. Critically assess the evolution of French administrative law, taking into consideration its relationship with other legal fields
3. Analyse the role of the administrative courts in the French legal order
4. Develop a solid legal culture in light of contemporary debates
5. Apply the French methods of the commentaire de decision and of the dissertation

Module information

The syllabus includes:

1. Le Service public et son évolution (notamment au regard de l`Union europeenne)
2. Police administrative et droits fondamentaux
3. Les principes structurant de l`action administrative
4. Le juge administratif et son action

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught via weekly lectures and tutorials as well as pre-recorded videos and other learning tools available on the Moodle platform. The module teaching team will produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular small assessed activities to enable you to reflect upon and track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Multiple Choice Quizzes - Continuous Assessment (LW206 Droit administratif)    100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 210 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during Summer/Long Vacation 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
20% 80%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Etienne Durand, email: etienne.durand@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Etienne Durand
The Law Education Admin Team - lawschoolug@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Marie-Luce Paris
University College Dublin
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 773 hours, 18 (2.3%) hours available to students:
719 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
36 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Law School

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