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Lucien RAPP

Affiliate Professor

Tax & Law

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Professor Rapp is one of the French leading experts on international business law and international regulatory matters, with a focus on ICT (Internet, Communications and Technology including the space industry)

Since 1998, he was being introduced as one of the most significant telecommunications lawyers and is currently ranked among the world leading experts on ICT law (Euromoney, Best of the Best, Chambers, 3000 Counsels).

In its 2014 European issue, Chambers commented his stature as follows: “Lucien Rapp rises to Band 1 this year due to his outstanding stature in the telecoms market. Sources hail him as "one of the very few people in France who is a real specialist in this very narrow domain. He's a fantastic teacher and able to explain complex things in simple language and make them easy for us to grasp."

A current regulatory expert to the International Telecommunications Union, his last report is relating to “Filling the Gap : Legal and Regulatory Challenges of m-Health in Europe”( ITU, 2013). Professor Rapp is presently heading SIRIUS (Space Institute for Researches on Innovative Usages of Satellites), an academic chair created by CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) Airbus Defence & Space and Thalès Alenia Space to conduct researches on commercial applications of space systems.

To date, Professor Rapp authored more than 200 reports, contributions, articles and wrote 10 books. Among his recent papers : “Going Trick or Treating – Lessons from the Alstom Case” (Toulouse, December 2004), “The New Concession Directive and Space Services”, (Munich, February 2015), “New Entrants Threatening Existing Firms in Space Industry – Would Satellite Miniaturization Be a Disruptive Innovation” (co-authored) (Montreal, March 2015)

His last books include an essay on Sovereign Wealth Funds (« Ces Fonds que l’on dit Souverains – Fonds d’Etat et Souverainetés Financières », Foreword Michel Pébereau Vuibert, 2011) and a note on the MOOCs Revolution (« Les MOOCs, révolution ou désillusion – Le savoir à l’heure du numérique », Foreword Jean Marc Daniel Les notes de l’Institut, Institut de l’Entreprise, 2014,).

A tenured Professor at the Law School of University Toulouse1-Capitole (where he was educated up to the French selective Concours d’Agrégation), he currently lectures at HEC Paris, as an Affiliate Professor. His lectures at HEC include “Doing Business in the Internet Age – Innovation, Business and Regulation”, “Free Flows of Capital, Foreign Investments and Financial Globalization – National Sovereignties in the Age of Finance Capitalism”, “Public Private Partnerships”.

Scientific articles


Les Filiales des entreprises publiques



Scientific articles

The “napsterization” of the European content industry: a scenario for 2005

INFO, The journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media, 2000, vol. 2, n° 6, pp 551-572,

Politique de libéralisation et sécurité aérienne en Europe

Revue des Affaires Européennes / Law & European Affairs, 1997, vol. 1, pp 74-85,

Public service or universal service?

Telecommunications Policy, 1996, vol. 20, n° 6, pp 391-397,


Lamy Droit public des affaires


Contrats des collectivités locales

Editions Francis Lefebvre

Lamy droit de l'informatique et des réseaux (L. Costes, J. L. Bilon, M. Guibal, L. Rapp, C. Le Stanc, M. Vivant (Eds)


La privatisation des compagnies aériennes en Europe

ITA (Institut du Transport Aérien)


  • Agregation de Droit Public, __ - France
  • Docteur d'Etat, Mention Droit Public, __ - France
  • Maitrise en Droit public, Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Toulouse I - France
  • Diplome de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse - France
  • Certificat d'Aptitude a la Profession d'Avocat, __ - France

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2012- Affiliate Professor HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2012- Vice Président, chargé du développement et des partenariats avec les entreprises Université de Toulouse I
  • 2008- - Membre élu du Conseil d'Administration Université de Toulouse
  • 1999- Chargé de cours Université Paris IX Dauphine
  • 1993- - Directeur Institut d'Etudes Internationales et de Développement et du Master Droit public des affaires
  • 1992- - Membre élu du Conseil d'Administration Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Toulouse I
  • 1989- Professeur Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Toulouse I
  • 1984-1988 Professeur à l'Université de Montpellier I Université de Montpellier 1

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Membre du Telecommunications Sub-Committee de la Chambre de Commerce franco-americaine en France
  • Member, IBA (International Bar Association) Committee Cm, ISASI (International Society of Air Safety Investigators), Association Francaise des Juristes d'Entreprises; Societe Francaise de Droit Aerien et Spatial ; Association Francaise pour le Developpement du Droit de lEspace en France ; IISL (International Institute of Space Law)

Editorial activities

  • Membre du Comite Editorial, Communication Book Notes, et Privacy and Information Law Report
  • Responsable editorial de la revue internationale Telecommunications Space Journal (SERDI Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc. Publishers, 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430-2262 USA)

  • Awards & honors

    • 1982 Prix de these
    • 1979 Medaille d'or du Stage Prix Alexandre Fourtanier
    • 1976 Prix de la Ville de Toulouse