Sophie-Caroline De Margerie
Member of the French Council of State
Sophie-Caroline de Margerie studied at the French Institut d’Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences Po) and at the Université Paris I (Sorbonne). After graduating from the prestigious French Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Voltaire class of 1980), she entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she worked at the Cultural Relations Directorate then the Legal Affairs Directorate. In 1988, she joined the diplomatic staff of the Office of the President of France and served as an adviser on European affairs during negotiations of the Maastricht Treaty. In 1992, she was appointed to the Council of State as maître des requêtes (master of petitions) in the litigations section and finance section where she worked on issues concerning international public law, Community law and the civil service. With regard to litigation, she mainly specialises in cases concerning immigrant, extradition and urban planning law.She sits on the board of several cultural institutions, including the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Fondation Royaumont. She is member of the Institut Aspen Franceand the editorial board of the journal, Commentaire. She has a master’s degree in English literature and published a biography on Edmond Rostand. Her second book, American Lady, was published by Laffont in March 2011 and is to be published in the United States by US Penguin in the autumn of 2012.