Academic Activities

This research project, if it leans on a constant dialogue with actors of the civil society, also organizes academic activities to spread(broadcast) and share the knowledge so obtained.

“Involving the actors by establishing a fruitful dialogue between academic environment and civil society.”

The interdisciplinary approach we try to develop proposes a reflection on the various forms of normativitiess, in particular extra-legal, which can be at work in the public sphere. It is essential that our democratic societies begin a real reflection on the legitimate manners and the justifiable modalities of influence on the behavior of the citizens in the sphere public as in the private sphere.

  • Monthly workshop

    The French Nudge Project organizes a monthly workshop.

    The workshop is an interdisciplinary place of discussion.”

    On 6th February 2015 at Lille Catholic University. PierreYves Néron, Lille Catholic University, ‘Behavioral Economics and Failures of the Market Which Normative Lessons?

    On 27th March 2015 at Lille Catholic University. Michael Quinn, University College London, Utility by Default: Jeremy Bentham, the Choice Architect

    On 22nd May 2015 at the University Paris 2 the PantheonAssas. Anne BrunonErnst, University Paris 2 the PantheonAssas, BenthamLand or MilletLand: Back to the Sources of Nudges

    On 12th June 2015 at Lille Catholic University. Anne-Lise Sibony, University of Liege, ‘Nudge and the Law. A European Perspective’

    On 23d October 2015 at Lille Catholic University. Jurgen De Wispelaere, Queens University Belfast/McGill University, ‘Opt-Out Organ Donation — A Nudge Too Far?’

    On 27th November 2015 at the University Paris 2 the PantheonAssas. Anne Brunon-Ernst, University Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas, ‘The Fallacy of Informed Consent: Linguistic Markers of Assent and Counter-Nudging in Some E-User Agreements’

    On 11th March 2016 at the University Paris 2 the PantheonAssas. Jacopo Martire, University of Stirling “Liquid modernity, East Coast v West Coast and the (fleeting?) allure of nudging”

    On 25th March 2016 at the University Paris 2 the PantheonAssas. Speranta Dumitru, University Paris Descartes, ‘nnumérisme, éducation financière et autonomie : démocratiser les nudges’

    On 27th May 2016 at Lille Catholic University. Rustam Romaniuc, Post-doctorate at Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Expérimentale, Lille Catholic University. « Do the right thing: but for how long? »

    On 17th February 2017 at CERSA. Alicia-Dorothy Mornington, University Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, “The Limits of Consent”

    On 31st March 2017 at CERSA. Anne Brunon-Ernst, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, “Framing Consent”

    On 21st April 2017 at CERSA. Thomas Perroud, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, “Les leçons des décisions constitutionnelles sur les nudges”

    On 12th May2017 at Lille Catholic University. Christine Clavien, University of Geneva, “Title to be confirmed”

    On 9th June 2017 at Lille Catholic University. Emma Tieffenbach, University of Geneva, “Title to be confirmed”

  • Panels and Workshops

    Members of the French Nudge Project Team organize panels and workshops in international conferences.

    Indirect Legislation, ISUS International Conference, 20-22 August 2014, Yokohama

    Les Nudges : Enjeux, applications et limites du paternalisme libertarien, AFSP Conference, 22-24 June 2015, Aix-en-Provence

    Nudges: Better Choices?, ECPR General Conference, 26-29 August2015, Montréal

    Nudges: New Normativities within the Public Sphere, MANCEPT Conference, 2-4 September 2015, Manchester

    Nudging au colloque international Internormativité du 29 au 30 septembre 2016 organisé par le Centre Perelman à Bruxelles

    Arnaud Van Waeyenberge gave a presentation entitled “L’Union européenne comme catalyseur de la concurrence normative” during the International Conference Concurrence règlementaire, sociale et fiscale dans l’Union européenne, 19-20 November 2015, Lyon

    Anne Brunon-Ernst gave a presentation entitled “Legal Compliance and Linguistic Deviance : Behavioural Economics and Linguistics to Maximize the Effectiveness of Consumer Protection” during the International Conference organised by GERAS, 17-19 March 2016, Paris

    Anne Brunon-Ernst has been invited to give a Conference on “Genealogy of Contemporary Regulatory Instruments: J. Bentham and JS Mill”, Research workshop, 13 May 2016, Belfast University

    Anne Brunon-Ernst gave a presentation entitled “JS Mill’s Harm Principle: From Nudges to Indirect Legislation” at ISUS International Conference, 6-8 July 2016, Université Catholique de Lille

    Malik Bozzo-Rey and Anne Brunon-Ernst gave presentations (“Nudges, Behavioral Economics and Regulation: More Problems than Solutions” et “Reversing EU Counter-Nudges : The Example of Air-Travel Insurance”) at MANCEPT Conference, 7-9 September 2016 during the workshop workshop ‘New Hopes for Realistic Utopias’

    Malik Bozzo-Rey gave a presentation entitled “Are Nudges a Temporal Void?” during the International Conference Conative Nudges: Changes in Desires, 3-5 octobre 2016, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, organised by CREM and the Department of Philosophy

    Anne Brunon-Ernst gave a presentation entitled “Incorporation of Social Norms in Law: A Genealogical and Critical Approach to Nudges” during the International Confernece Internormativities, 6-7 October 2016, Université Libre de Bruxelles

    Malik Bozzo-Rey gave a presentation entitled “Nudges, Paternalism and Regulation” at PriMal workshop, 5 December 2016, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne

    Malik Bozzo-Rey has been invited to give two conferences on  “Bentham’s Indirect Legislation: Definition, Stakes and Limits” at Doshisha University (Kyoto), 14 December and “Nudges: Could It Be Possible to (Softly) Regulate Well-Being?” at Yokohama University, 17 December 2016

  • Conference - 3 June 2016

    The first phase of the project will be concluded by an international conference next 3 June 2016 ‘Nudges and Normativities at the Crossroads of Law and Public Policy’

    When individuals take decisions, psychology explains that cognitive biases prevent them from making rational choices, which would be expected if their wished to increase their overall welfare. Nudges are based on these cognitive failings. When seeking to improve social welfare, nudges are key to understanding contemporary decision-making as those biases or failings should be taken into account when creating norms aimed at influencing people’s behaviour. Nudges are presented as the best tools to create behaviourally informed public policies. In this sense, they exemplify normativities that differ from more traditional legal and social norms.

    Nudges are to be found in the field of public policy, but also in law, economics, sustainable development, food policy, etc. Are the types of normativities promoted by the use of nudges in these fields similar or do they differ widely in nature and aim? If so, how can the broad range of normativities in nudges be assessed and typified? What kind of underlying conception of rationality is at work in nudges? Could nudges provide an accurate account of social dynamics? These are some of the questions this one-day conference seeks to answer.

    Anne Brunon-Ernst and Malik Bozzo-Rey, the organisers, are founding members of the French Nudge Project (, supported by a Sciences Po (Ecole de Droit) grant

    This conference takes place at Sciences Po, Salle des Conseils, 4th floor, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris (M°Saint Germain des Près)

    Program and booklet are available.

  • Publications

    Malik Bozzo-Rey, Anne Brunon-Ernst andArnaud Van Waeyenberge co-edited a Special Issue of Revue Tocqueville/Tocqueville Review: “Nudges: Better Choices?”, Vol. 37, 1, 2016

    Malik Bozzo-Rey, Anne Brunon-Ernst and Michael Quinn co-edited a Special Issue of History of European Ideas: “Indirect Legislation: Jeremy Bentham’s Regulatory Revolution”, Vol 43, 1, 2017

    Malik Bozzo-Rey and Anne Brunon-Ernst co-edited a book Nudges et normativités (Hermann, 2017)