CRCAO member - China Team

Frédéric Constant

Université Côte d'Azur


As a legal scholar specializing in the history of law, my research focuses on the history of Chinese law and institutions, as well as the dissemination of administrative knowledge in East Asia and Central Asia during the Qing dynasty. I am interested in both the doctrinal foundations of Chinese law and how it was implemented daily by the imperial bureaucracy. My recent work has centered on the codification of law in China.

Research thematics

  • History of Chinese law
  • History of the Chinese imperial administration

Publications (HAL Archive Ouverte)

  • Frédéric Constant. Penser le droit dans la Chine des Qing. Revue de synthèse, 2022, pp.1-29. ⟨10.1163/19552343-14234028⟩. ⟨hal-03899055⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Zhang Ting, Circulating the Code. Print Media and Legal Knowledge in Qing China, Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2020. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2021. ⟨hal-03762527⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Thinking With Models: The Construction of Legal Cases as Reflected in Late Qing Local Archives. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2021. ⟨hal-03371455⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Quinn Javers, Conflict, Community, and the State in Late Imperial Sichuan: Making Local Justice, Routledge, 2019. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2020. ⟨hal-03762526⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Bettine Birge, Marriage and the Law in the Age of Khubilai Khan: Cases from the Yuan Dianzhang, 2017. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2020. ⟨hal-03333856⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. L’interprétation du droit par le juge en Chine. Revue internationale de droit comparé, 2019. ⟨hal-02474442⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. The Legal Administration of Qing Mongolia. Late Imperial China, 2019, 40 (1), pp.133-173. ⟨10.1353/late.2019.0004⟩. ⟨hal-02281039⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics. By Li Chen. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. xii, 400 pp. ISBN: 9780231173742 (cloth, also available as e-book).. Journal of Asian Studies, 2018, pp.510-512. ⟨10.1017/S0021911818000104⟩. ⟨hal-02281040⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Anthony J. Barbieri-Low & Robin D.S. Yates, Law, State and Society in Early Imperial China. A Study with Critical Edition and Translation of the Legal Texts from Zhangjiashan Tomb no. 247, Leyde–Boston, Brill, 2015 [compte-rendu]. Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, 2017. ⟨hal-02281043⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compensation of Injuries and Homicide in Ming and Qing Law . Law and History Review, 2017. ⟨hal-01593105⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Xingke tiben de nicheng : yi Baodi xian dang’an yu xingke tiben de bijiao wei yiju 刑科题本的拟成:以宝坻县档案与刑科题本的比较为依据. 中国古代法律文献研究, 2017. ⟨hal-02281038⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Accusation and Social Hierarchies: Legal Coherence and the Establishment of Categories in Chinese Legal Science. The Journal of Comparative Law, 2017. ⟨hal-01593086⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Itaru Tomiya (ed.), Capital Punishment in East Asia, Kyoto, Kyoto Univ. Press, 2012. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2016, pp.275-280. ⟨10.1163/15685322-10213P17⟩. ⟨hal-01522554⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Matthew H. Sommer, Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions, Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2016, pp.281-285. ⟨10.1163/15685322-10213P18⟩. ⟨hal-01522553⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Le territoire comme espace pénal : la peine d'exil sous les Qing. Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, 2016, 40, pp.13-38. ⟨hal-01522551⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. La législation sur les jeux d'argent sous les Qing. Études Chinoises, 2014, 33-2, pp.103-127. ⟨hal-01522559⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Pär Cassel, Grounds of judgment : Extraterritoriality and imperial power in nineteenth-century China and Japan, Oxford, New York, Oxford University press, 2012. Études Chinoises, 2014, pp.245-255. ⟨hal-01522558⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Marie Seong-hak Kim, Law and Custom in Korea: Comparative Legal History, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Revue internationale de droit comparé, 2014, pp.1134-1136. ⟨hal-01522560⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. L'animal en droit chinois. Revue semestrielle de droit animalier, 2013, 1, pp.265-289. ⟨hal-01522562⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Jiang Yonglin, The mandate of Heaven and the Great Ming code, Seattle, London, University of Washington press, 2011. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2013, pp.231-235. ⟨hal-01522561⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Arbitrage et médiation en Chine des Ming (1368-1644) jusqu'à nos jours. Revue de l'arbitrage, 2013, 1, pp.3-55. ⟨hal-01522563⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Le territoire mongol sous les Qing. Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, 2013, 97, pp.55-89. ⟨hal-01522565⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Compte-rendu de : Liang Linxia, Delivering Justice in Qing China. Civil Trials in the Magistrate’s Court, A British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007. Études Chinoises, 2008. ⟨hal-01593114⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Cong Menggufa kan Qingdai falü duoyuanxing 從蒙古法看法律多元性 . Qingshi yanjiu 清史研究, 2008. ⟨hal-01593078⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Le droit des Ouïghours sous la domination sino-mandchoue (1759-1864). Droit et Cultures, 2008. ⟨hal-01593075⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Questions autour du pluralisme juridique sous la dynastie des Qing (1644-1911) à travers l’exemple mongol . Études Chinoises, 2007. ⟨hal-01593074⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Le Droit Mongol Dans l’État Sino-Mandchou (1644-1911) - Entre Autonomie et Assimilation. 2019, 2857570791. ⟨hal-02353227⟩
  • Frédéric Constant, Christophe Lopez. Le droit chinois. Dalloz, 2013, 978-2-247-13222-5. ⟨hal-01522564⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Zheng Xuan’s Commentaries on Law. Anne Cheng, Stéphane Feuillas (dir.), Autour du Traité des rites de la canonisation du rituel à la ritualisation de la société, Paris, Hémisphères éditions, 2022, p. 285-302., 2022. ⟨hal-03762449⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. The Responsibility of Public Authorities in China. Samantha Besson (dir.), Theories of International Responsibility Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022. ⟨hal-03762451⟩
  • Jérôme Gong Tao 巩涛 (j. Bourgon), Bourgon, Pierre-Étienne Will, Frédéric Constant. Aperçus sur le droit chinois comme Jus commune de l’Asie orientale. Mireille Delmas-Marty; Kathia Martin-Chenut; Camila Perruso. Sur les chemins d'un jus commune universalisable, Mare & Martin, A paraître, Collection de l'Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne, 978-2-84934-530-6. ⟨halshs-03099144⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. La responsabilité en droit chinois. La responsabilité. Actes des journées internationales de la Société d'Histoire du droit, 2019. ⟨hal-02281045⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. La construction d’un droit mongol sous influence mandchoue . Gilduin Davy; Christian Lauranson-Rosaz. Le droit autrement. Mélanges offerts au Professeur Jean-Pierre Poly, Mare & Martin, 2017. ⟨hal-01593110⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Qing dai liufangdi yu falü kongjian 清代流放地與法律空間. Yigong, Su and Jin, Xie. Jiu lü xin quan: Da Qing lüli guoji yantaohui wenji 舊律新詮:《大清律例》國際研討會論文集, Tsinghua University Press, pp.234-247, 2016. ⟨hal-01522556⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. L'interprétation du droit par le juge en Chine. Actes des journées internationales de la Société d'Histoire du droit, Pravnik 133, pp.55-89, 2016. ⟨hal-01522555⟩
  • Frédéric Constant. Circulation of Law and Jurisprudence in Korea and China: Homicide and the Notion of Requital for Life. Marie Seong-Hak Kim. The Spirit of Korean Law: Korean Legal History in Context, Brill, pp.52-82, 2016, ⟨10.1163/9789004306011_004⟩. ⟨hal-01522552⟩