University of Paris1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) The thesis in right to honor

Students, doctoral students and doctors of law gathered during the Thesis Day of the Doctoral School of Law of the Sorbonne (EDDS). The Masters 2 were able to learn more about what this research work entails, about its conditions and methods of carrying it out.   

A project in the making  

To start the day, the Masters 2 students in law met the director of the EDDS, David Capitant, as well as the co-directors Jean-Christophe Barbato, Muriel Fabre-Magnan and Olivier Renaudie. A thesis is a work that lasts four to five years. This project, “  ten times larger and more advanced than the master’s 2 dissertation  ” according to Olivier Renaudie, must be thought out and matured. This is the stage that marks both the end of the training, but also the beginning of the career to become a researcher.    

How to choose a thesis supervisor? How many years of work does this represent? What are the means of financing? What does this lead to? Many practical topics were covered to provide students with points of reference and answer their questions.  

Feedback and sharing 

To continue this day of discussions, three young doctors lent themselves to the exercise of the thesis in 180 seconds. Thus, Valentin Vince, Zeynab Jahangirova and Martial Manet followed one another to present their research work, but also to give valuable advice to those wishing to embark on this adventure. It is a unique experience made up of “  moments of doubt  ”, but also of “  moments of pure happiness  ”, explains doctor of public law Valentin Vince. 

If everyone returned to the rather solitary side of this work, they also insisted on the collective dimension of these years of research made up of exchanges, sharing and meetings, in particular with other doctoral students, whether in law or in other fields.  

Carry the science of law  

The day continued with the solemn return of the EDDS, in the presence of Claire Hédon, the Defender of Rights. By intervening on the theme of “law and exclusion”, she notably recalled one of the essential issues of this long research work. Doing a thesis allows you to specialize by working for several years on a well-defined subject, but devoting yourself fully to legal research also means “  contributing to advancing the law by providing valuable lessons  ”. 

Advancing legal research, doctors Béatrice Guillaumin, Philippine Blajan and Romain Dumont have devoted themselves to it in recent years. The closing of this day was an opportunity to salute their work and to congratulate them for having each received a prize for their thesis.