Parliamentary rights and practices


The goal of this course is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the institutions of the Fifth Republic by exploring parliamentary life. Thus, we will focus on the real powers of the deliberative Assemblies, on the weight of the Government in the legislative process, the differences between the texts (Constitution and regulations of the Parliamentary Chambers) and the practices such as they have been instituted for the last sixty years. We will see that, contrary to popular beliefs, the texts and practices have profoundly changed. It will obviously be necessary to examine, even briefly, the current constitutional reform projects.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Students must have a good knowledge of the constitution of the Fifth Republic, of the constitutional history of France, a good understanding of French political life of the last sixty years.


  • Hamon F., Troper M., Droit Constitutionnel, LGDJ, 37e édition, 2016-2017.
  • Avril P., Gicquel J., Gicquel J.E., Droit parlementaire, LGDJ, 5e édition, 2014.
  • Formery S.L., La constitution commentée, Hachette Supérieur, Les fondamentaux, 21e édition, 2018.
  • Carcassonne G., La Constitution, Paris, Seuil, 10e édition, 2012.
  • Mélin-Souscramanien F., Pactet P., Droit Constitutionnel, Sirey, 36e édition, 2018.

Educational formula

Students must stay informed on national and international political affairs so as to be able to comment them at the beginning of each session.

In brief

Year Fifth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 3.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activitySeminar

ValidationContinuous assessment

Mandatory teaching



Educational manager :
Bréhier Emeric [+]