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Research seminar Prof. Jean-Bernard Auby


Prof. Jean-Bernard Auby has been a professor at Sciences Po since 2006. He previously served as Dean of the Law School, University of Paris XII (1989-1993) and professor of public law at the University of Paris II-Assas (1994-2006). He also served as Deputy Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University (1998-2000). Prof. Auby is honorary president of the French Local Government Law Association (Association Française de Droit des Collectivités Locales), director of the Juris-Classeur Administratif (an encyclopedia of French administrative law published by Editions Lexis Nexis), director of the administrative law publication, Droit Administratif (Editions Lexis Nexis), and editor of the collection, Droit Administratif/Administrative Law (Editions Bruylant). He is also a member of the scientific council of the European Public Law Organization.

The seminar is titled Challenges in the Regulation of Smart Cities. It deals with the question how regulation of smart cities comes into being and to what extent it will be formulated by the market or by urban government. The presentation focuses on the role of urban government in formulating regulation.

Abstract: The evolutions that are commonly summed up in the concept of “smart cities” are changes affecting the infrastructure of cities (growing interconnectedness, growing importance of a digital sub-infrastructure), their functional features (central role of data, overwhelming presence of services, new economics) and their governance (open data, less asymmetric relationship with citizens, new distribution of roles between public and private).

Smart Cities functioning is inevitably, in significant proportion, decentralized and private actors-driven. Therefore, a need for regulation obviously appears. The question is where it will come from and what it will be made of. Some autonomous resources of regulation will be provided by the technology and the market. But, obviously, a certain amount of public regulation will also be needed.

Then the smart cities movement will lead to various questions concerning urban government. These questions will be related to levels of government (example: energetically autonomous quarter/ city energetic system), to governance tools (digitalization, coordination of public and private actors), and to citizenship (more and more open and fine-tuning democracy?).

Location: RP002

When: 26 October 2017 12:30

End date: 26 October 2017 14:00