Jus politicum is an online journal that aims at exploring the connexions between the law, the thought and the history of modern constitutions. That the knowledge of constitutional systems should depend on such a combination of several branches of knowledge is perhaps less obvious today than it was in the past. Constitutional history has long ceased to stand at the core of the study of political systems, and is often associated with a certain lack of scientific impartiality. Yet a somewhat rigid adherence to legal positivism on the part of academic lawyers may have resulted in an excessive shift of the equilibrium on the other direction. Our purpose is to restore the ties between several social sciences with a view to furthering the understanding of constitutional traditions. Not only does such an undertaking require the co-operation of scholars coming from different fields (notably lawyers, historians, philosophers, and political scientists) but it is also, by its very nature, not restricted to one particular jurisdiction. As a result, Jus politicum is run by an international board and will have three working languages : French, English and German.
As an online journal, Jus politicum publishes different kinds of texts, reflecting the diversity of today’s scholarly work. « Articles » hosts accomplished works, around a specific topic in each issue. « Papers » hosts texts reflecting a work still in progress, or unpublished seminar papers. This rubric also welcomes works contributed by junior scholars. Texts contributed to both these rubrics are peer reviewed. Finally, the journal aims at making available classic texts that were previously unpublished or had become unavailable in print.
Prof. Denis Baranger (Paris II, Institut Universitaire de France), Olivier Beaud (Paris II), Jacky Hummel (Rennes I, responsible for the Book reviews section), Philippe Lauvaux (Paris II), Armel Le Divellec (Paris II ; Editorial Secretary), Carlos-Miguel Pimentel (Versailles-St. Quentin-en-Yvelines), Christoph Schönberger (Konstanz), Adam Tomkins (Glasgow).
President : Pierre Avril (Paris II)
Members : Klaus von Beyme (Heidelberg), Guy Carcassonne (Paris X), Dominique Chagnollaud (Paris II), Jean-Claude Colliard (Paris I), Vlad Constantinesco (Strasbourg III), Jean-Marie Denquin (Paris X), Christoph Gusy (Bielefeld), Ran Halévi (CNRS), Josef Isensee (Bonn), Lucien Jaume (Cevipof / Paris), Olivier Jouanjan (Strasbourg III), Claude Klein (Jerusalem), Franck Lessay (Paris III) , Corinne Leveleux-Teixeira (Orléans), Martin Loughlin (Londres), Ulrich K. Preuss (Berlin), Philippe Raynaud (Paris II, Institut Universitaire de France), Pierre Rosanvallon (Collège de France / Paris), François Saint-Bonnet (Paris II), Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne), Michel Troper (Paris X), Neil Walker (Edimbourg / Florence).
Redaction assistant: Brice Crottet (since September 2011); Jean-Baptiste Busaall (2010-2011); Juliette Hili (2009); Assistant english translator: Gregory Bligh; Assistant german translator: Alexis Fourmont.