A Presentation of the Western Institute of Law and Europe (IODE)

Research on law, open to the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow
>>> IODE: a joint research unit specialising in law

IODE is a research laboratory specialising in law with the status of joint research unit (UMR 6262).

As such, it is linked to two different entities: the University of Rennes and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). This status of joint research unit (UMR) was renewed following an evaluation by the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) for the 2022-2027 period (see evaluation report).

IODE has 4 CNRS researchers, 64 professors and lecturers working there as their main place of work, 45 associate researchers and 60 PhD students.


>>> Two complementary forms of research

Within IODE, research is performed in two complementary and mutually-enriching forms.

The purpose of the research performed is mainly to contribute to reflection, but also to provide possible answers to major societal challenges. This is especially true of research focusing on environmental challenges, research concerning issues linked to technological evolutions and research on the consequences of globalisation (the role of the European Union in world governance, the future of the law of civil responsibility, the dissemination of legal models, etc.). One of the strong points of IODE in performing its research activities resides in the presence of researchers covering the entire legal spectrum. These include legal historians, public law specialists with a strong emphasis on European law and private law specialists. Another strong point is based on methodology and it lies in the ability to develop multidisciplinary approaches whenever this is scientifically relevant (bioethics, ICTs, environment, etc.), to respond to calls for projects and to anchor our work in a European and international dimension.

The research activity also aims to develop real expertise in various branches of law through the systematic analysis of positive law and forward-looking reflection based on this analysis. To do this, IODE draws from the broad spectrum of specialisations of its members: the law of persons, the law of responsibility, the law of social protection, criminal law, patrimonial law, institutional and substantive law of the European Union, fundamental rights.


>>> Five lines of research

The research activity is based on five different components whose outlines were redefined in 2021:

  • European Integration,
  • Protection of the Individual,
  • Environment,
  • Responsibility and Security,
  • Theory and History of Legal Systems.

In certain fields, the research activity is also more cross-disciplinary. This is especially the case for the ‘digital’ field.


>>> Laboratory Contact Details

Institut de l'Ouest : Droit et Europe (IODE)
Faculté de droit et de science politique
9 rue Jean Macé
35042 Rennes
Tel. : +33(2) 23 23 30 33
Email : secretariat-iodeatuniv-rennes [dot] fr