Prof. Antoine Garapon

Former UM - HiiL Chair Professor on the Internationalisation of Law for the period 2008 - 2009

In 2008-2009, Judge Antoine Garapon held the position of the HiiL-UM Professor on the Internationalisation of Law. He developed an innovative methodology of teaching and analysing the case studies of civil and criminal trials in common law and civil law jurisdictions.

During his visiting professorship, Judge A. Garapon held an Interactive HiiL Seminar Comparing Legal Cultures: Trials and Hidden Assumptions on 11-12th June, 2009. The new e-learning program on Comparative Legal Cultures offered by the L’Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice was also presented at the event. It is an online program based on the results of Prof. Garapon’s research, covering the French, American, and Chinese legal systems, and is intended to reach African, Indian, Arabic and Muslim cultures. Prof Garapon further held a seminar in the context of a conference on Judicial Globalisation at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China on 18 September 2009.

This new methodology helps to compare the visible and less visible legal customs, traditions and cultures that can become a real impediment to effective use and understanding of black-letter law. It was presented to different types of audiences: judges in judicial training, law enforcement agencies, general counsels & transnational litigators, intercultural managers, law professors, anthropologists and students.

Antoine Garapon, Ph.D, is a French lawyer and Secretary General of the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice (IHEJ). Prior to his appointment to the IHEJ, Garapon served as a juvenile judge for many years. He has written extensively on a range of legal, cultural, historical, and political subjects. Amongst many others, he authored ‘Juger en Amérique et en France: culture juridique française et common law’ (O Jacob: Paris 2003).