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Dr Frederic Rolland

Senior Lecturer, Director of the LLB in English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)


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I am the Director of the LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise en Droit). My research interests lie in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory with a particular focus on the theory and practice of French Constitutional and Administrative Law in a historical context and comparative perspective.

1990-1996 Doctoral Research Award, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy

1993-1994 Stagiaire, Legal Service, European Commission

1996-1998 Lecturer (ATER), University Jean Moulin - Lyon III, France

1998-1999 Visiting Fellow, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy

1999-to date Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Exeter

External positions and appointments

Member: International Relations Sub-Committee, Devon & Exeter Incorporated Law Society.


Module Coordinator of the LLB European (French) / Maîtrise (Master 1) and Senior Lecturer in French Constitutional Law; French Administrative Law; French Law of Contract.

Module Coordinator of the LLM European Law and Senior Lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law (French).

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My research interests lie in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory with a particular focus on the theory and practice of French Constitutional and Administrative Law in a historical context and comparative perspective.

By examining the phenomenon of government by informal rules chiefly through the study of the interpretation of law by administrative institutions, my current work addresses the problems associated with the construction of administrative law and its relationship with the role of the administrators themselves and their use of soft law instruments. In the light of legal theories of interpretation, my current research aims to challenge the doctrinal affirmations that the central role played by administrative bodies in interpreting the law has contributed to the decline of the law and the emergence of a bureaucratic crisis. This field, which is of particular theoretical and practical importance, encompasses comparative French / UK administrative law and practice and is the basis for an examination and analysis of a new European administrative law paradigm.

Franco-British academic partnerships: The next chapter

The academic excellence and growing international importance of dual qualification law programmes in higher education in Europe formed the subject of two recent events in which Dr Frederic Rolland, the Director of the University of Exeter Law School’s flagship LLB European/Maitrise programme, contributed.

The Times Higher Education and the Franco-British Council organised a seminar at the French Embassy in London, attended by the French Ambassador, entitled  ‘Franco-British Academic Partnerships: The Next Chapter’. The most prestigious French research-led institutions and universities were represented, notably:

les Ecoles Normales Supérieures de Paris et de Lyon, les Ecoles Centrales de Paris et de Nantes, l’Ecole des Sciences Politiques de Paris, l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), etc., les Universités de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 5-Descartes, Paris 6-Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 7-Diderot, Paris 10-Nanterre, Paris 13-Nord, Paris Est-Créteil, Evry Val d’Essonne, Versailles, Limoges, Tours, Rouen, Lille 2, Nantes, Rennes, Aix Marseille 1 and Lorraine.

This landmark event followed a colloquium held in the Maison Française of the University of Oxford entitled ‘L’Enseignement et la Recherche en Droit Français au Royaume-Uni et en Irlande : Etat des lieux, Spécificités et Perspectives’.

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  • Fournet C, Rolland F. (2023) France, Public Health Crisis Management and Criminal Liability of Governments - A Comparative Study of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Hart Publishing, 71-102.


  • Rolland F. (2019) Administrative Law, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL], Max Planck Institute - Oxford University Press.


  • Rolland FO. (2012) La motivation juridictionnelle et la Cour Supreme du Royaume-Uni: suprematisme judicaire et suprematie parlementaire, La motivation des decisions des cours supremes et cours constitutionnelles, Bruylant.


  • Rolland FO. (2011) Le bien-fonde d'une theorie juridique expressive de l'interpretation administrative, Revue Juridique de l'Ouest (CNRS), no. 2011 - 1, pages 9-57.


  • Rolland FO. (2010) L'Enjeu Universitaire d'une Double Formation Juridique Franco-Britannique, Franco-British Academic Partnerships: the Next Chapter, French Institute In London.


  • Rolland FO. (2007) Administration, Institution et Réglementation, Revue Juridique de l'Ouest (CNRS), volume 2007, no. 4, pages 347-394.
  • Rolland FO. (2007) Review of Christian BEHRENDT’s book, Le Juge Constitutionnel, un Législateur-Cadre Positif: Une Analyse Comparative en Droit Français, Belge et Allemand, Bruylant-LGDJ, 2006, European Public Law, volume Vol 13, no. Issue 3, pages 519-522.
  • Rolland FO. (2007) L’Historicité du Droit Administratif Français à l’Epreuve de la Pratique Juridique, Revue Juridique de l’Ouest (CNRS), volume 2007, no. 2, pages 113-156.


  • FORolland. (2004) L'Orientation de l'Action Administrative en Question: Pour une Critique Théorique des Directives Administratives, Revue Juridique de l'Ouest (CNRS), volume 2004, no. 4, pages 495-544.


  • FORolland. (2003) L'Interprétation Juridique Administrative et la Théorie Réaliste de l'Interprétation, Revue Juridique de l'Ouest (CNRS), volume 2003, no. 4, pages 341-387.


  • Rolland FO. (2000) L’Interprétation de la Loi par l’Administration Active, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.

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Modules taught

  • LAW1013 - French Constitutional Law
  • LAW2033 - French Administrative Law
  • LAW3051 - French Law of Contract

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