Institut Maurice Hauriou

IMH. Université Toulouse Capitole


The Maurice Hauriou Institute is a law research laboratory with twenty-five members, professors and lecturers.
Professors Grégory Kalflèche and Stéphane Mouton are the co-directors of this team.


Public power and freedoms: impact of the activity of public institutions on the fundamental rights of individuals, Public property law: law of economic action and property of public persons, Health and biotechnologies: law of care systems / research biomedical / bioethics, Law and justice (s): constitutional and administrative litigation law and regulation by judges of the relationships between national and supranational legal systems
The IMH is organized around five research axes in which the members develop both individual and collective research; all – tenured teachers and doctoral students – being attached to several axes according to their preferences and skills. Center of internal public law, the axes transcend the subjects of constitutional law, general or special administrative law and finance and tax law. The chosen axes all have a thematic, multidisciplinary and problematic approach. They are structured around already recognized researchers (authors of textbooks, chronicle holders, conference organizers, thesis directors, collaborators on research contracts, etc.) and capable of federating the activity of other members and other teams.

It is within the axes that research is therefore structured, that projects are organized and that the IMH appears as an identified center on specific legal fields. The ability to carry out inter-axis research (for example our ANR on Biobanks) and to mobilize a large number of members of the center for certain projects specific to one of the axes shows that this diversity is a tool for uniting the center.

  • Axis 1: Public power and freedoms. Impact of the activity of public persons and their regulatory capacity on fundamental rights, whether by classical phenomena such as prisons or police activities, or by the development of the information society, big data and files.)
  • Axis 2: Political institutions. The analysis of the evolution of political institutions is the prism of analysis of the new Toulouse school of constitutional law, the theory of law taking precedence over constitutional litigation. These developments are directly linked to the many skills developed in local government law and their significant contemporary developments.
  • Axis 3: Public property law. The public property law axis tends to demonstrate that there is a very important approximation of the rights of the environment, the property of public persons and town planning in contemporary administrative law. Marked by cross developments, these matters come together in a “property law” which impacts any real estate transaction far beyond academic or legislative distinctions.
  • Axis 4: Health and new technologies. Far from being a simple thematic of classic health law, the Health and new technologies axis confronts the evolutions of law, society and bioethics in the face of new health technologies. Whether it is robotization, nanotechnology or new therapies, the modernity and diversity of the law are indeed remarkable.
  • Axis 5: Transformation (s) of the public service. Hauriou was one of the forerunners of analyzes relating to public service, even if he later refused to make it the criterion of administrative law. The impact of the economic crisis, Union law and social developments on this concept since its return as a criterion of administrative law in the 1950s deserves further research. Between classicism and public business law, according to a thematic approach (water law, security services, etc.) or in a theoretical approach, current transformations imply an increasing number of analyzes.


The IMH is also a support, in particular documentary and research aid, for Masters of UT1; supervises and trains doctoral students (45 in progress, ten defenses per year). For his students and those of other research centers wishing to perfect their legal culture, he organizes study days, conferences and symposia.


The scientific activity of the Research Laboratory is enhanced by the periodic publication of individual or collective publications (nearly 2,000 publications by its members listed in UT1 Capitole Publications).


The IMH has specialized documentary resources and its own equipment (library, meeting room, IT equipment) on the Arsenal site.


The IMH since its creation acts in partnership or in network with other institutions or research centers.