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Résumé of Stéphane Cottin


Stéphane Cottin is a Law Librarian, born in 1969, with a Master's degree in Public Law (1990, Lille II) and a DESS (post-graduate diploma) in computerized documentation (1993, IEP Paris).

Since September 2019, he has been Head Librarian of the Constitutional Council of France. His department is formally called the documentation and investigation assistance department of the Constitutional Council (Paris).

From July 2008 to September 2019, he was special envoy ('chargé de mission') of the Secretary General of the French Government; his work consisted in the project management of some interministerial IT applications. His exact title was "Chargé de mission Development of information systems and enhancement of documentary resources".

Until July 2008, he was in charge, among other things, within the French Constitutional Council, of managing litigation and, in part, of the organization of national elections and votes (legislative, senatorial, presidential and national referendums); this is how he acquired a certain competence in electoral law, particularly comparative law, which he has since taught at Paris I, and for which he is responsible for updating, with Guy Prunier, several notices of the encyclopaedia Dalloz Collectivités Locales. These notices were published in a book in the Dalloz Corpus collection in October 2019: Electoral Campaign and Local Elections (in French).

He was also an activist for the cause of the free dissemination of Law in general, and until 2008, he managed a blog on the subject: ServiceDoc.Info. Since 2008, he tweets on @cottinstef, manages a collaborative bibliography on the subject on zotero and, since 2013, some curation spaces under scoop-it.

He has also been an Open Directory editor since 1998, where he dealt notably and with difficulty with the French Law section.

He has written a number of journal articles, mainly in legal literature research, bibliometrics, and a bit of electoral law. His google scholar account also provides these links, so as his ORCID account : 0000-0002-6066-4787.

He also wrote a manual on La gestion de la documentation juridique (Coll. LGDJ Systèmes. Droit) in 2011, then co-wrote another manual in 2014 on La méthodologie de la recherche documentaire juridique (Larcier, coll. Paradigmes).