Lecture 2004: Francis Delpérée

The Third Braibant Conference took place in Brussels on Wednesday, 24 March 2004 at IIAS Headquarters.  Professor Francis Delpérée addressed the problematical question of  “The Constitution and the Administration“.
He laid down the bases of their peaceful coexistence by drawing attention historically to their relative autonomy and divergent development.  He emphasised recent developments that brought the Administration and the Constitution closer together.  Constitutional Law and Administrative Law were both found in a Public Law that was striving towards greater unity. The Constitution and the Administration were in fact made to get along. Francis Delpérée then sketched the outline for this union. The Constitution could more or less offer its rules of organisation and behaviour to the Administration, for the Constitution without the Administration was simply a political and philosophical discourse whereas the Administration without the Constitution was like a bureaucratic machine that turned without a project.  The road ahead would be challenging especially if a modern and unified Public Law was to be developed that reflected contemporary changes in our administrations and our constitutions.  Professor Delpérée concluded that  ?Constitutionalists have work before them.  ?Administrative? specialists have work before them.  There is work for all those who wish to work to develop a modern and reunified public law.  Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s get to work!!?
We have published the lecture in the language of its delivery as a limited-edition IIAS text:
Francis Delpérée
La Constitution et l’Administration
Troisième Conférence Braibant
Sous la direction de Michael Duggett
Distribution: IIAS/IISA, 2004,

Francis Delpérée

Born in Liège, 14 January 1942

Educational background:

Doctorate in Law (UCL, 1964)

Doctorate in Law (Paris, 1968)

Professional background:

Francis Delpérée is Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), former Dean of the Faculty of Law of UCL, Assessor in the Legislation Section of the Belgian Council of State, Director of the Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Studies.

He is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and the Institute of France (Academy of Moral and Political Sciences).  He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universities of Aix-Marseille II, Geneva, Ottawa and Szeged.

He is the author of a treatise on Belgian constitutional law and of several books in French, including Chroniques de crise, Les droits politiques des étrangers, Le contentieux électoral, La démarche citoyenne, Le fédéralisme en Europe ? and numerous articles in French and English on the problems of organisation and functioning.

Francis Delpérée is also an honorary lawyer, Bar of Brussels and holds a seat at the Belgian Senate.

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