Dr Catherine Dupré

Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies


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Catherine Dupré is an Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law Her work focusses on human rights, constitutional adjudication, constitutional reforms and drafting. She is the author of two monographs, Importing the Law in Post-Communist Transitions (Hart, 2003) and The Age of Dignity (Bloomsbury/Hart, 2015), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Her current research involves international and collaborative projects on the challenges to liberal democracy in Europe, and on the Icelandic constitutional reform process.

She is also pursuing her long-standing work on human dignity rights and democracy in two separate and complementary directions:

i) she is co-convening an international conference on ‘Human Dignity and Constitutional Crisis in Europe’ to be held at the European University Institute in June 2017

ii) she is collaborating in the Dignity-Rights Project with Erin Daly and James May from Delaware University

Professor Dupré was previously a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the University of Wales Aberystwyth and has also been a guest lecturer at the Institut d’Etudes de Sciences Politiques in Toulouse and a Visiting Professor at Paris I La Sorbonne. Over the years, she has taught many courses on human rights, constitutional law and European law. At the University of Exeter, she taught UK constitutional and administrative law while at the Cornwall Campus (2007-2012), where she also started developing her human dignity teaching in 2008 (LAW2064). She is currently teaching courses on ECHR law (LAW3048), on human dignity (LAW3009) and convening a research methods course for PhD students (LAWM686). She is the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

After studying at the universities of Lyon, Montpellier, and Heidelberg, Professor Dupré obtained her PhD with special commendation from the European University Institute in Florence. She has also learned English, German, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian, which give her first-hand access to a number of continental constitutional orders and related scholarship.

Research interests

Human Dignity in Europe

C Dupre, 'Le principe de dignite humaine: principe essentiel du droit du travail' (2016, Nov) Revue de Droit du Travail, 670

C Dupré, The Age of Dignity: Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Europe (Oxford, Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing, 2015)

C Dupré, ‘Article 1: Human Dignity’ in T Hervey, S Peers, J Kenner and A Ward (eds.), A Commentary on the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights (Hart Publishing, 2014) 3-24

C Dupré, ‘Human Dignity in Europe: A Foundational Constitutional Principle’, (2013) 19(2) European Public Law, 319-340

C Dupré, ‘Dignity, Democracy, Civilisation’, 2013  Liverpool Law Review, 263-280

C Dupré, ‘Human Dignity: Rhetoric, Protection and Instrumentalisation’ in G A Toth (ed) Constitution for a Disunited Nation, Hungary’s New Fundamental Law (Central European University, 2012), 143-170

C Dupré, ‘Unlocking Human Dignity: Towards a Theory for the 21st Century’ 2 (2009) European Human Rights Law Review, pp. 190-206.

C Dupré, ‘What does dignity mean in a legal context?‘ The Guardian, 24 March 2011, by invitation

On constitutionalism:

C Dupré,   ‘Constitutions and Legitimacy over Time’ (co-authored with Prof. Jiunn-Rong Yeh), in Thomas Fleiner, Marc Thushnet and Cheryl Saunders (eds) Routledge Handbook on Constitutional Law, Routledge, 2012, pp.45-56

C Dupré, ‘Unconstitutional Constitution: A Timely Concept’ in A von Bogdandy and P Sonnevend (eds), Constitutional Crisis in the European Constitutional Area: Theory, Law and Politics in Hungary and Romania (Beck/Hart Publishing/Nomos, 2015) 351-369.

C, Dupré, ‘Hungary’s Fundamental Law Challenges the EU’s Democratic Ideals’, Comment in The Guardian (13 March 2012) (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2012/mar/13/hungary-fundamental-law-eu)

‘Constitutional justice, democracy and dignity’, web-based interview on the new Hungarian constitution, released 25 April 2011, date of adoption of the new constitution: http://szuveren.hu/vendeglap/szuveren/interju-catherine-duprevel

Post-communist transition and constitutional justice:

C Dupré, Importing the Law in Post-Communist Transitions: The Hungarian Constitutional Court and the Right to Human Dignity, (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2003)

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on most topics of comparative constitutional law with a European focus, and I have a special interest in human rights, human dignity, constitutional crisis, constitutional justice and adjudication, constitutional reform and drafting as well as ECHR law.