The mixed Research Unit 7318 DICE “International, Comparative and European Law” was founded in 2004, by the merging of five teams from three universities (Aix-Marseille University, University of the South Toulon-Var and University of Pau and the Adour Region) and the CNRS.

DICE is part of two CNRS' Institutes: the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) and the Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE). It is made up of more than 70 teachers and researchers and almost 240 PhD candidates.

Among the scientific areas of the laboratory, environmental law is particularly relevant and it is from this perspective that the UMR belongs to the “laboratoire d'excellence” OT-MED. It is also part of both the Research Federation ECCOREV and the LABEX-MED "The humanities and social sciences at the heart of interdisciplinarity for the Mediterranean".

Located in Aix-en-Provence, the Center of European and International Research and Studies (CERIC) has long standing development in individual and collective researches in the field of environmental law and sustainable development. It is part of several ANR programs in this field and obtained also an ERC Starting Grant about "International Grievance Mechanisms" in 2013. It received a CNRS partnership chair dedicated to "Environmental law". Mainly related to international and european environmental law but also to comparative law, the projects are often being carried on in a pluri or interdisciplinary framework. The CERIC has developed strong international research networks through successful collaborations with prestigious European universities as well as Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian, Chilian, Canadian, and so on.

The CERIC supervises two books series in the field of "Environmental Law/s" and "Space and Sustainable Development" (PUAM Editions). The CERIC is hosting a Pole of Environmental Comparative Law and a Pole on Sustainable Development and Mediterranean Territories (see the Notes of the Pole on the CLEO research blog). Basically, research works focus either on the environmental law tools (command and control approach, contracts, marked-based instruments) or their implementation with a special attention given to questions of the effectiveness of policies. They are of a transversal (role of the judge, policies consistency for example) or sectoral nature (biodiversity, forests, climate change). The team is strongly involved in the preparation of the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015.

In terms of education, the CERIC undertakes a master's program in International and European Environmental Law, recently labelled by the Academy of Excellence AMIDEX Foundation (

Two ongoing research programs

1) CIRCULEX (Circulations of Norms and Actor Networks in Global Environmental Governance) is a pluridisciplinary research project funded by the French National Research Agency. It focuses on circulations of norms and actor networks in international environmental governance (see

2) IGMS (International grievance mechanisms, IGMs) is a research program funded by the european council of research (7th executive project of the Union Community /ERC Grant agreement) that thoroughly focuses on non-judicial complaint mechanisms enabling people who are affected by transnational activities to hold directly the concerned transnational actors to account when international responsability can't be engaged (see

Recent or coming events

- 3rd EELF Conference on "The Effectiveness of Environmental Law" (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Aix-Marseille University, 2-4 September 2015)

- Seminar on "Environmental and sanitary risks. A franco-japanese approach" (Waseda University, Tokyo, 15th March 2015)

- Seminar "Explore the tools box of international law in the perspective of the Paris climate conference of December 2015" in collaboration with Paris1 University and the IDDRI (Paris, 4 February 2015, page COP21)

- "Comparative Environmental Law Week" (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Aix-Marseille University, 24-28 November 2014)

- Pluridisciplinary seminar "What's values for biodiversity?" (Treilles Foundation, 8-12 September 2014, Haut-Var).

Find all the major events of the team's life consulting our electronic letter (E-CERIC) available on our website (