Terpan Fabien

    • Maître de conférences à Sciences Po Grenoble
    • Directeur adjoint du CESICE (Centre d'études de la sécurité internationale et des coopérations européennes), membre d'AMNECYS et Grenoble Cybersecurity Institute
    • fabien.terpan@sciencespo-grenoble.fr






    Domaines de recherche

    Research fields
    • Transformations des normes européennes et évolution des interactions entre normes européennes et normes nationales (soft law / hard law, européanisation et résistances aux normes européennes)
    • Place de la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne dans le système de l’UE
    • Action extérieure de l'Union européenne; politique étrangère, de sécurité et de défense; cybersécurité
    • Intégration régionale comparée

    Projets de recherche

    Currents projects
    • EFSOLAW - The Effects of EU soft law across the multilevel system   (2019 – 2022) - funded by ANR - DFG - avec Sabine Saurugger (Sciences po Grenoble, PACTE) et Miriam Hartlapp (FU Berlin)
    This project aims to advance understanding of the performance of the EU multilevel system through a longitudinal analysis of the nature and effect of soft law, beyond a crisis-centred research puzzle. EU law affects governments and populations and has direct influence on the lives of citizens. With the governance turn and ever more complex decision-making in Brussels legislation takes increasingly often the form of soft law. The term captures instruments such as recommendations, guidelines or communications that do not entail jurisdictional control, but produce important legal and practical effects. Yet, we still know relatively little why member states and EU institutions chose either soft or hard law to govern. What is the proportion of EU soft law in different policy areas? When and why is EU soft law implemented at domestic level? Once implemented, when and why does it feed back into EU policy-making? Employing lenses of contemporary legal scholarship on soft law and political science insights on public policy analysis, this project investigates whether, and if so when, why and how soft law affects the performance of the EU multilevel system.   The UK’s decision to leave the EU sent shock-waves through an EU that had gone through an unprecedented process of integration extending for seven decades. Brexit came at a propitious moment for a Union that was still reeling from the effects of the Euro-crisis, the refugee crisis and other challenges, which had exposed the EU’s vulnerabilities, and served as a reminder that member states may not continue on the same integrationist track. It is widely recognised that the EU that emerged from the crises is more differentiated, but it is not clear if differentiation is part of the problem or part of the solution. All political systems are differentiated, but the EU is distinct in the way it is structured, and in the way in which the process of integration is structured and conducted. The EU’s White Paper contains proposals that variously recommend more and less differentiation. EU3D’s main objective is to develop and apply to the EU and beyond a theory of differentiation that specifies the conditions under which differentiation is politically acceptable, institutionally sustainable and democratically legitimate, and the conditions under which it is not, i.e. when conditions of dominance prevail. EU3D does that through comprehensive analyses of the multilevel EU’s institutional and constitutional make-up across a range of policy areas. To properly address this critical issue, EU3D has devised an innovative analytical approach and a framework of research that provides the necessary benchmarks and that moves research well beyond the state-of-the-art, both theoretically and empirically. Further, EU3D will have an impact on the debate on the future of Europe by a) systematically analysing a broad range of proposals; b) mobilising knowledge and competence of a broad and multidisciplinary network of scholars, practitioners, stake-holders and publics from across Europe; and c) providing policy and polity recommendations that have been tested against EU3D’s benchmarks.  

    Publications récentes (depuis 2017)

    Recent publications (since 2017)

    Ouvrages / Books


    Chapitres d'ouvrages / Book Chapters


    Responsabilités (universitaires, scientifiques, éditoriales et administratives)

    Academic and scientific responsabilities
    • Maître de Conférences HDR de droit public / Etudes européennes
    • Associate Professor in Public Law / European Studies
    • Chaire Jean Monnet
    • Co-Responsable (avec Sabine Saurugger) de l'Ecole de Gouvernance européenne
    • Délégué du Directeur, chargé de la communication et de la valorisation scientifique
    • Membre de la Commission scientifique de Sciences po Grenoble
    • Directeur adjoint du Centre d’études sur la sécurité internationale et les coopérations européennes (CESICE)
    • Membre associé de PACTE UMR 5194
    • Membre l'Adisory Board de CLEER (Center for the Law of EU External Relations)
    • Membre de l'Editorial Board de Studia Diplomatica (The Brussels Journal of International Relations) (2010-present)
    • Membre du Comité scientifique de Ars Iuris Salmenticensis (Université de Salamanca) (2013-present)


    • Droit de l’Union européenne – A3 cours fondamental
    • L’Union européenne : enjeux internes et externes – A3 séminaire
    • EU Law – A4 Gouvernance européenne
    • EU External Action – A5 Gouvernance européenne
    • Law and Politics in the EU – A5 Gouvernance européenne
    • Droit de l'Union européenne – M2 Carrières juridiques internationales  (UGA)
    • The EU as an External Actor - M2 Sécurité internationale et défense - Carrières juridiques internationales (UGA)