Trained as a privatist lawyer and antiquarian historian, Arnaud Paturet is a researcher at the CNRS (UMR 7074 Centre de théorie et analyse du droit/ Nanterre University-École normale supérieure) and teaches in various Universities (ENS, Centre national de la fonction publique territoriale, École nationale supérieure de Police, Institut du travail social de la région Auvergne, Université Clermont-Auvergne).
As a jurist and legal historian, he is particularly interested in Roman law as a historical discipline, but also in its projection as a matrix of Western law and modern mental images. His main research themes are death and funeral rituals, suicide, legal concepts and categories, religion, slavery, bodies, gender differentiation, disability, the figure of the father, etc developed in many books and articles. They reveal a strong societal connotation that goes beyond legal technique. These works are conducted in compliance with an original method combining historical sociology/ anthropology and legal sciences.