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Public & Private Policy


The Public and Private Policy Department teaches students and executives the basic principles of business law, regional and environmental management, real estate economics and management and international negotiation. The department also offers a Legal Program for students seeking a career in business law and allows them to prepare for admission to the Ecole de formation professionnelle des Barreaux de Paris (Paris Bar School).


Professors in the Department of Public and Private Policy are actively engaged in various applied and theoretical research in the areas of negotiation, corporate real estate, urban governance, philanthropy, market regulation, contract law, corporate law and governance among others.


The Public and Private Policy Department has 16 full-time professors, 3 adjunct professors and 44 part-time lecturers.

Associated Centers of Excellence, Research Chairs & Centers 

International Governance and Dialogue Center of excellence

The Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe (IRENE) aims to strengthen and improve negotiation theory and practice in their various fields of application.

Chair for Real Estate and Sustainable Development

The Chair for Real Estate and Sustainable Development provides theoretical and practical training in current issues facing the real estate industry. It aims to support both teaching and research in the economics, financing and management of the real estate industry whilst taking into account issues of sustainable development.

Urban Economics Chair

Unique among major schools of management, the ESSEC Urban Economics Chair has been educating second and third-year students for over 20 years on the complex issues and value systems that surround the management of cities and territories. Focusing on both the public and the private, chair graduates are given the tools to promote economic development but also balance social, environmental and urban planning and launch careers as the managers of territorial corporate partners and executives of local bodies and their satellites.

European Center for Law and Economics

The European Center for Law and Economics is a center for excellence where the work and activities of both disciplines meet, within a comparative European and global perspective. There is a growing awareness of the interaction between judicial systems on one hand, and a company’s performance within their legal regulation systems. Judicial risk and the overall legal environment culture are considerations that are increasingly strategic at the highest level of decision-making in companies; the legal management team is frequently part of the company’s strategy committee.

CONcertation, Négociation, Environnement, Conception et Territoires (CONNECT)

Concertation is becoming a major stake in decision processes in the development and environment field. It is a practice which is developing in France and many other countries in reply to both the conflictual nature of development projects, socio-technical controversies controversies, and the wider public questioning of experts and authorities. The CONNECT center has given itself an objective of shedding light on the input and limits of these systems of concertation via the conducting of transdisciplinary research based on challenges designed by the center’s researchers and their partners.

Information and Contact

Dorothée Quittelier
Tel. +33 (0) 1 34 43 28 94

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