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Research Institute in European, International and Comparative Law (IRDEIC)
Research unit

Université Toulouse Capitole, Manufacture des Tabacs, 21 allée de Brienne
31042 TOULOUSE Cedex 9


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Hélène Gaudin : Director
Marc Segonds : Deputy Director
Fabienne Biton : Administrative and steering manager

Research areas

The creation of the institute was the fruit of a deliberate policy to re-orientate European law research in Toulouse towards a wider reflection on European integration, beyond the confines of a strictly economic perspective.
This led to the assembling of experts in the field of EU law, private international law, European finances law and comparative law.

The IRDEIC succeeded the IREDE in 2007.

The current institute includes:

  • CEDRE (Centre for European Studies, Documentation and Research) whose activities cover institutional and substantive European law.
  • CERFF (European Tax and Financial Research Centre), formerly CERF, to which the financial dimension has been added to its tax-based research.
  • LIEu (International and European Laboratory) whose works revolve around the European legal area with a private international law perspective; it also carries out research into judicial and financial topics.
  • CDC (Comparative Law Centre) which contributes the comparative method to the other teams.

The IRDEIC’s research activities all revolve around the European dimension, with a focus on the changes and dynamics at work within the construction of the European legal space.
Research programmes have been initiated within the IRDEIC which concentrate on the following issues: a new European governance, a new European normativity; a new European foreign policy; changes to European local finances; evolution of 21st-century tax systems; new dimensions and function for comparative law; new links between the law and the economy under a European law perspective.

The IRDEIC’s four departments base their research on 9 main areas:

  • European Union law,
  • Private international law,
  • Public international law,
  • Competition law,
  • Comparative law,
  • European Criminal law,
  • Tax law,
  • National and European budgetary policies and public finances law,
  • European Human Rights Law.

The IRDEIC research programmes benefit from the flexibility of collective and individual research, thus giving coherence to the overall policy.

Academic programs

The IRDEIC contributes significantly to master's degree courses and other European-focused courses.


The important research conducted at the institute is attested by the scientific events, thesis defences, publications and, in particular, the release in November 2014 of the long-awaited Volume 1 of the Grands arrêts de la Cour de justice (Major Decisions of the Court of Justice) published by Union Dalloz.


The IRDEIC maintains strong ties with foreign universities for scientific and pedagogic reasons.

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