Forum Numerica - Pr. JS Bergé: The role of a priori in various disciplines: proposal for a dialogue between law and computer science


What came before our disciplines? What are our a priori? These questions, which come to us from the philosophy of science, have been the subject of much theorisation. The “ANTECEDENT” project (IDEX UCAjedi Chair) sets out to show how law – which is not strictly speaking a science – offers a way to revisit the contemporary usage, particularly in the philosophy of science, of prejudices, presuppositions, paradigms, beliefs, biases, etc. This involves creating and promoting a new legal epistemology that can feed into legal education and research as part of a fully interdisciplinary and international framework with both theoretical and practical dimensions. This ambition can only be achieved if we manage to develop and organise – on a sufficiently large scale – significant participation from different researchers in a process of critical reflection on the theories of knowledge.

In this presentation, Jean-Sylvestre Bergé proposes to reach out to computer scientists (with whom he had the opportunity to work in the past in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble and Nice) in order to draw the paths of possible collaborations in the future.

About the speaker

Jean-Sylvestre Bergé is a law professor at Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) and honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). He is a part of the Research Group in Law, Economics and Business (GREDEG – UMR CNRS n° 7321) and holds the international and multidisciplinary chair « ANTÉCÉDENT » (Idex UCAjedi advanced research programme).

University law professor (Phd and Habilitation to lead research (HDR) Panthéon-Sorbonne 1995 – ‘agrégation’ private law and criminal law 1997) for 25 years, senior member of the French University Institute (IUF – 2016/2021), author of several monographs and articles, senior management positions for research groups (JE, EA and GDR CNRS), graduate schools (Normandy – Nanterre), Federative research institute (IFR Nice), national and international diplomas (Rouen, Nanterre and Lyon), as University vice-president (Lyon), director of the international relations department, pilot of five international research programmes (ACI (formerly ANR) – Jean Monnet (EU) – GIP Justice – IUF – IDEX), invitation to various countries as a visiting professor. Since the beginning of the career, mobilization of consecutive research themes: International and European intellectual property law, Europeanisation of law, Interaction between international and European law, Methods of operating law in a global context, Multidisciplinary and comparative approach of complex phenomena of flows. New theme in preparation: Theoretical, practical, international and interdisciplinary research on « the antecedent approach and the law ».