French Yearbook of Public Law

Editorial Charter


The objective of the “French Yearbook of Public Law” is to narrow the gap which has tended to develop between the French and the international debate on public law. The former remains too often isolated from the latter, for various reasons, ranging from the conviction of the French model’s exemplary nature to an insufficient openness of French public lawyers to the international academic language, which English has undoubtedly become nowadays. This has the double consequence that French lawyers would often ignore what is going on in other public laws, while foreign lawyers potentially interested in the French legal system and culture would struggle to keep abreast of French legal developments.

It is with the objective of reducing this reciprocal under-communication that the French Yearbook of Public Law (FYPL) was created. This project has three chief aims. On the one hand, it seeks to apprise English-speaking readers of important developments and scholarly debates in French public law. On the other hand, we wish to introduce French lawyers to key changes and academic discussions in foreign public laws. Lastly, it is our hope that the reciprocal information thus made available will foster international and comparative debates among legal scholars.


Our idea is to issue a yearbook, mainly available on the Internet in open access, but also circulated in paper-print.

Its volume would remain under 700 pages.

All contributions would be in English, but with a short summary in French.

The book is structured as follows

A « Foreword », written by the director of the Yearbook, giving the « temperature » of comparative public law in the French context.

A « Benchmark », a substantial article providing an analysis of a substantive, theoretical and comparative subject.

A « Dossier », which will examine in a theoretical-comparative manner (and « multilevel », i.e. by integrating the dimensions of European public law and global public law), under the pen of authors coming from various doctrines, a major substantive theme.

« Chronicles », summarising the major events (constitutional, legislative, jurisprudential, doctrinal) that have affected French public law and a few other selected public laws during the previous years.

A section called « Miscellanea », in which short articles on various subjects that do not fit in the previous sections will be published.

A « Readings » section, made of book reviews raising substantive issues and not just summing them up.


The FYPL is housed by the Chair for French Public Law at Saarland University (LFOER), which is directed by Philippe Cossalter, Thus, the FYPL will rely on the administrative and technical capacities of the LFOER without constituting a segment of it. The FYPL’s directory is as follows:

A Steering Committee consisting of Jean-Bernard Auby, Director of the Yearbook, Philippe Cossalter, Deputy Director, Giacinto della Cananea and Dominique Custos

This Committee defines the editorial line of the Yearbook and monitors its implementation

Its members also participate in the peer-review of articles

An International Scientific Council, which advises the steering committee on the editorial orientations of the Yearbook while some of its members may also participate in the peer-review of articles.

An Editorial Board, placed under the authority of the Director of the Yearbook, composed of doctoral students or post-doctoral fellows

A secretariat takes care of the organisational and relational aspect. It is composed of one or two LFOER assistants


The first edition will be the 2022 Yearbook, to be published in 2023.


Jean-Bernard Auby, Emeritus Professor of Sciences Po Paris

Philippe Cossalter, Professor at the Saarland University

Dominique Custos, Professor at the University of Caen

Giacinto della Cananea, Professor at the University Bocconi of Milan