July 18, 2018

Sing About It: The Notorious RBG Gets Her Own Recording @NPR

From NPR's Nina Totenberg: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's daughter-in-law, the soprano and composer Patrice Michaels has composed a number of songs based on letters by Martin Ginsburg, the Justice's late husband, as well as other materials. These compositions as well as others by other composers (Lori Laitman, Vivian Fung, Stacy Garrop, and Derrick Wang) are now available on Notorious RBG in Song on James Ginsburg's label Cedille Records.  Professor Laitman holds an M. M. from the Yale School of Music. Professor Fung holds a doctorate from the Juillard School. Professor Garrop earned her doctoral degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. You may recognize Mr. Wang's name from his earlier composition, the opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Mr. Wang holds an M.M. from the Yale School of Music and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

More here.

July 13, 2018

Davies on A Grand Game Introduction, or the Rise and Demise of "Sherlock Holmes"

Ross E. Davies, George Mason University Law School; The Green Bag, has published A Grand Game Introduction, or the Rise and Demise of 'Sherlock Holmes' at 2 The Newspapers 25 (2018). Here is the abstract.
On April 12, 1904, “Sherlock Holmes” became a registered trademark of Parker Brothers, one of the biggest makers of card games, board games, and the like in the United States. Of course, that did not mean that Parker Brothers controlled the great man’s name outright. Rather, it meant the U.S. Patent Office had granted the company the right to use the name in the category of “games played with cards.” According to the official report of the registration, Parkers Brothers had been using the words “Sherlock Holmes” in connection with “games played with cards” since February 15, 1904. To the best of my knowledge, that settles the incept date of the first Sherlockian game. (A few days later, Parker Brothers also completed its copyright registration of “Rules for the playing the game of Sherlock Holmes.”) “Sherlock Holmes” suffered a quick fade, at least when compared to some of its contemporaries in Parker Brothers product line. (“Rook” for example, was introduced in 1906 and is still popular today, while “Ping-Pong,” introduced in 1902, has become a generic term for table tennis.) Why was “Sherlock Holmes” so short-lived and then so thoroughly forgotten? Here are two possibilities to consider. First, Parker Brothers may have run into intellectual property problems, despite its trademark and copyright registrations. Second, maybe “Sherlock Holmes” turned out to be a not-very-grand game. Indeed, its defects may well have been obvious to its creators from day one, or close to it. Parker Brothers completed its copyright registration of “Rules for the playing the game of Sherlock Holmes” on April 18, 1904, and a mere five months later the company was back, copyrighting “improved” rules for the game on September 23. This despite the fact that George Parker, the chief game developer for the company, “still played every Parker game over and over again himself, with employees, family and friends to make certain that every wrinkle was ironed out, that confusion was eliminated and that “actual playing qualities” were excellent. Even though he was the very busy head of a good-sized business, he personally wrote the rules for every game the company produced, working over them evening after evening to clarify and simplify them.”
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Todres on The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education @jtodres

Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University College of Law, is publishing The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education in volume 56 of the Family Court Review (2018). Here is the abstract.
Since launching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump's rhetoric has often been divisive as well as demeaning of selected groups. This article examines the impact of Trump's rhetoric on children and their communities and explores the role that human rights education can play in responding to Trump and forging broader support for human rights. The article reviews the research on human rights education and considers how human rights education can be embedded in broader efforts to educate children. Using children's literature as a case study, the article argues for the importance of mainstreaming human rights education and meeting children where they are, in order to foster greater recognition of and respect for the rights of all individuals.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

McAdams on The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell @UChicagoLaw @AlaLawReview

Richard H. McAdams, University of Chicago Law School, has published The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell at 69 Alabama Law Review 579 (2018). Here is the abstract.
This essay explores one central part of Tom Robinson’s trial in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch’s cross-examination of Mayella Ewell. The eight- year-old Scout cannot fully understand the strategy and meaning of Atticus’ questions, but the trial supplies enough clues to understand more of Mayella’s life than is generally understood.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

July 12, 2018

Call For Papers, IRSL, University of Torino, September 19-20, 2019






                                                                                          





IRSL 2019, University of Torino
19-20 September 2019

Hosted by the University of Torino, LabOnt, Circe


THE REASONABLE INTERPRETER
Perspectives on legal and non legal semiotics


Legal normativity is nowadays characterized by many forms. Multi-level governance amplifies this attitude: there are different judges, different courts, and many codes (aesthetic, digital, etc) can now be recalled as valid arguments in legal reasoning. 

The 2019 Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law addresses this plural and many-sided attitude of legal discourse from the perspective of the interpreter of the legal text. What is the role of reasonableness in legal hermeneutics today?

Against this background, the conference will address issues such as: can algorithms be considered as the new topoi of legal science? How are legal semiotics and legal rhetorics interconnected? Is there still room for pathos and ethos within a reasoning that makes reference to big data? Therefore, and, most importantly: how are legal and non-legal semiotics connected today? And can this relationship be traced back to antiquity?


Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by March 28th, 2019 to Angela Condello (Organizer) (angelacondello@gmail.com), Paolo Heritier (Organizer) (paolo.heritier@unito.it), Massimo Leone (Organizer) (massimo.leone@unito.it), Jenny Ponzo (Organizer) (jenny.cuk@hotmail.it), and Anne Wagner (President of IRSL) (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com) with participation decisions made by April 15th, 2019.

Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer: http://www.springer.com/lawjournal11196) or for inclusion in an edited volume.

July 11, 2018

Jarvis on The Maritime Origins of Sherlock Holmes

ICYMI: Robert M. Jarvis, The Maritime Origins of Sherlock Holmes, 49 J. Mar. L. & Com. 105 (2017). Here's the beginning of yet another of Professor Jarvis's delightful essays.
This year (2018) marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of Dr. (later Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Gloria Scott. Set during Sherlock Holmes's brief time in college, it is one of only two entries in the Holmes canon that occurs before Holmes met Dr. John H. Watson and formed literature's most famous crime-fighting partnership. It also is the story that speaks most directly to maritime lawyers, involving, as it does, a mutiny aboard one ship and a rescue by another. The Gloria Scott is a blackmail tale that clocks in at 7,892 words. Its plot can be summarized as follows. In 1855, an uprising takes place aboard the barque GLORIA SCOTT, an English convict ship headed to Australia. The attack has been arranged and financed by a prisoner named Jack Prendergast, who has organized the convicts, bribed the crew, and smuggled guns onto the vessel. In the midst of the takeover, several of the mutineers get cold feet. Prendergast, although angry, agrees to spare their lives and sets them adrift in a small boat. Moments later, the GLORIA SCOTT blows up when a misdirected bullet (or possibly a match) ignites a barrel of gunpowder. One seaman, named Hudson, survives the explosion and is rescued by the castoffs The next day, the HOTSPUR, 10Link to the text of the note a brig bound for Australia, comes upon the boat. The men in it claim to be passengers from a vessel that sank off the coast of Africa and are accepted as such. Upon reaching Sydney, they find work as gold miners, grow rich, and later return to England using their assumed identities.

Masur and McAdams on Police Violence in "The Wire" @jonathanmasur

Jonathan S. Masur and Richard H. McAdams, both of the University of Chicago Law School, are publishing Police Violence in The Wire in the University of Chicago Legal Forum (2018). Here is the abstract.
That police brutality is a common occurrence in HBO’s The Wire does not set it apart from other filmic depictions of police. What is distinctive is the fact that police violence is neither condoned nor relegated exclusively to a few “bad apples.” Instead, The Wire depicts structural causes of police violence by showing how organizational dysfunction leads some of the very best police officers on the force to commit unjustified and inexcusable violence. We explore four structural mechanisms the show depicts: the police code of loyalty: the hyper-masculine need to project power and dominance; the strategic imperatives of the War on Drugs; and a collective action problem among police. The implication of this complex depiction is that the elimination of police brutality requires far more than removal of a few bad officers. We conclude by briefly exploring how police departments might reverse the structural and institutional mechanisms causing police violence.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment: Beyond the Christian and the Secular: Humboldt University of Berlin Workshop @HumboldtUni


Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment: Beyond the Christian and the Secular
A Two-Day Workshop at the Humboldt University of Berlin

July 5-6, 2018

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Theologische Fakultät
Burgstr. 26, 10178 Berlin
Room 206 (2nd floor)

The workshop is free and open to all. No registration is required.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
July 5th
11.00-11.10 Welcome 
Kirill Chepurin (HU Berlin/HSE Moscow) and Alex Dubilet (Vanderbilt) 

11.10-12.00 A Political Theology of Disenchantment 
Marika Rose (Winchester) 

12.00-12.50 An Agenda for Total Disorder: Mysticism and Gnosis in Fanon 
Anthony Paul Smith (LaSalle) 

12.50-14.00 Lunch 

14.00-14.50 Disciplining the Moment 
Linn Tonstad (Yale) 

14.50-15.40 Doing Nothing: Individuation, Subjection, and the Political Theology of Interpellation
Alex Dubilet (Vanderbilt) 

15.40-16.10 Coffee 

16.10-17.00 Secularism and Liberalism: A Conjoined Critique 
Thomas Lynch (Chichester) 

17.00-17.50 Conceptualizing Umma Today (The Ruin of Islamic Community) 
Basit Iqbal (UC Berkeley) 

17.50-18.10 Coffee 

18.10-19.00 You’re On God’s Time Now: On the Accumulative Disjunction of Intensive and Extensive Duration 
Sean Capener (Toronto) 

July 6th
11.10-12.00 Is Romanticism Secular?: Uses of Justification 
Joseph Albernaz (Columbia) 

12.00-12.50 Laying Claim to History: Theology, Literature, and the Reproduction of Racial Belonging
Amaryah Armstrong (Vanderbilt) 

12.50-14.00 Lunch 

14.00-14.50 Is Secularism Christianity? Blumenberg to Anidjar 
Christiane Frey (ICI Berlin) 

14.50-15.40 Modernity and Bliss 
Kirill Chepurin (HU Berlin/HSE Moscow) 

15.40-16.10 Coffee 

16.10-17.00 Zones of Equivocity 
Daniel C. Barber (Pace) 

17.00-17.50 A Matter of Conversion: Derrida and Žižek on Kabbalistic Materialism 
Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham) 

17.50-18.10 Coffee 

18.10-19.00 Disappointing Vision: Anarchism, Prophecy and the Archeon 
James Martel (San Francisco State)

Organized by Kirill Chepurin and Alex Dubilet, with the support of Prof. Dr. Rolf Schieder.
Funded by HU Berlin's KOSMOS Program.

July 10, 2018

Manderson on Blindness Visible: Law, Time[,] and Bruegel's Justice @ANU_Law

Desmond Manderson, ANU College of Law; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; McGill University Faculty of Law, is publishing Blindness Visible: Law, Time and Bruegel's Justice in Law and the Visual (Desmond Manderson ed., University of Toronto Press, 2018). Here is the abstract.
Printed in 1559, Bruegel's 'Justicia' appears at first glance to be a spatial representation of law—a snapshot, a mis en scène. But it is essentially about time. Bruegel’s image overlays three different perspectives on the hitherto unexplored relationship between time, responsibility, and legal authority, revealing the hidden anachronism of law. At the same time, law is shown not merely to be a concept or a symbolic form, but a physical practice engraved in the flesh of those who carry it out and suffer it. Justicia takes as its method art’s anachronic discourse and power of embodiment; and presents as its thesis the role of anachronic discourse and corporeal experience to the law. These insights were pertinent to the situation of law in the sixteenth century, but they are of far broader significance than that.

Download the essay from SSRN at the link. 

Peterson on Chancellor Kent and the Collaborative Era of American Statutory Interpretation

Farah Peterson, University of Virginia School of Law, is publishing Interpretation as Statecraft: Chancellor Kent and the Collaborative Era of American Statutory Interpretation in volume 77 of the Maryland Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract.
In the Early Republic, American judges acted as collaborators with state legislatures. They took on interpretive powers that blurred the line modern scholars expect to find between the legislative and judicial branches of government.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Television and the "Woman in Jeopardy"

Allison Yarrow investigates the plight of the "Woman in Jeopardy" on 1990s television. She points both to real-life women like Mary Jo Buffacuoco, Amy Fisher's victim, and the numerous main characters of made for tv movies that populated the airwaves. Says Ms. Yarrow in part,
Network executives told the press that Jep films empowered women characters, enabling them to assume qualities they weren’t normally given by television writers and producers. Women in Jep could “cajole, demand, infiltrate, investigate and settle scores,” all in the name of offing a threatening man-monster, said one magazine. These women didn’t need a hero to free them; they could save themselves, and did so in an arsenal of skimpy outfits. Of course, in reality, Jep was a gimmick to sate audiences who wanted to see women suffer and dole out abuse on TV.
More here from LitHub.

Critical Legal Conference 2018: Registration Open

From the CLC2018 Committee:

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Critical Legal Conference 2018: Regeneration at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK from 6-8th September 2018 (doctoral workshop on afternoon of 5th September). Registration is through Eventbrite and you can find a link to register, as well as the Call for papers and panels and other conference details on the Conference webpage.
 The Call for Papers and Panels will close at midnight on 31 July 2018. Registration will close at midday on Monday 6th August 2018. If you are a doctoral student and wish to attend the doctoral workshop on 5th September, please register for a free doctoral workshop ticket in addition to your main conference ticket. Please do circulate this information among interested colleagues.
Best wishes
CLC2018 Committee



July 9, 2018

Bond on Atticus Finch in the Law School Classroom

Cynthia D. Bond, The John Marshall Law School, is publishing To Kill a Lawyer-Hero: Atticus Finch in the Law School Classroom in volume 45 of the Rutgers Law Record (2018). Here is the abstract.
This article addresses the well-known lawyer character from Harper Lee’s novel and subsequent film, To Kill a Mockingbird. For years, legal scholars have rhapsodized about Atticus Finch as the ultimate “lawyer-hero” and role model for aspiring attorneys, with little dissent. When Lee’s literary executor published an early draft version of the novel entitled Go Set a Watchman in 2015, many readers were shocked to encounter an Atticus Finch who was an apologist for segregation and the leader of a White Citizens Council chapter. This article reflects on evolving views of Finch as lawyer-hero, examining how he plays in the contemporary law school classroom. This article argues that, regardless of Go Set a Watchman, law professors should be teaching Atticus Finch critically given the unacknowledged white privilege embedded in To Kill a Mockingbird. Yet how can we critique Finch and still nurture students’ interest in and admiration of social justice lawyering, embodied for some in the mythic lawyer-hero? This article proposes techniques to dismantle the heroic construct surrounding Atticus Finch, shifting the focus from fictional images of the socially-engaged lawyer to students’ own professional aspirations.
The full text is not available from SSRN.

Mark Goodale on Anthropology and Law, a new book from NYU Press @NYUPress

ICYMI:

Mark Goodale, University of Lausanne, Anthropology and Law (NYU Press, 2017).  Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.


From legal responsibility for genocide to rectifying past injuries to indigenous people, the anthropology of law addresses some of the crucial ethical issues of our day. Over the past twenty-five years, anthropologists have studied how new forms of law have reshaped important questions of citizenship, biotechnology, and rights movements, among many others. Meanwhile, the rise of international law and transitional justice has posed new ethical and intellectual challenges to anthropologists. Anthropology and Law provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of law in the post-Cold War era. Mark Goodale introduces the central problems of the field and builds on the legacy of its intellectual history, while a foreword by Sally Engle Merry highlights the challenges of using the law to seek justice on an international scale. The book’s chapters cover a range of intersecting areas including language and law, history, regulation, indigenous rights, and gender. For a complete understanding of the consequential ways in which anthropologists have studied, interacted with, and critiqued, the ways and means of law, Anthropology and Law is required reading. 

Sekhri on Police, the Third Degree, and Indian Courts: 1861-1961

Abhinav Sekhri, Delhi High Court, has published From 'Bully Boys' to 'Willing Servants': Police, the Third Degree, and Indian Courts: 1861-1961. Here is the abstract.
This paper examines the development of India's statutory and constitutional rules to forestall improper police practices designed to compel self-incrimination. Focusing on the period between 1861-1961, it describes how the judiciary consistently limited the potential of this legal framework to police the police. This was due to the choice of interpreting the rules as a means to ensure reliability of evidence, rather than as safeguards for defendants against police abuses. These widely-held judicial attitudes in colonial courts influenced the interpretation of independent India's constitutional ban against compelled self-incrimination as well. This paper attempts to explain why the Supreme Court chose to adopt a restrictive view of that protection, contesting its legal sufficiency but suggesting that, perhaps, that choice was forced upon a nascent Court which had to pick its battles.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

July 6, 2018

From Cambridge University Press: Law and Literature (edited by Kieran Dolin) @CambridgeUP

ICYMI: Law and Literature (Kieran Dolin, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2018)(Cambridge Critical Concepts). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the books contents.
Law and Literature presents an authoritative, fresh and accessible new overview of the many ways in which law and literature interact. Written by a team of international experts, it provides a multi-focused history of literary studies' critical interest in ideas of law and justice. It examines the effects of law on writers and their work, ranging from classical tragedy to comics, and from East Africa to Elizabethan England. Over twenty chapters, contributors reveal the intricate and multivalent historical interactions between law and literature, both past and present, and trace the intellectual genesis of the concept of law in literary studies, focusing on major developments in the history of the interdisciplinary project of law and literature, as well as the changing ideas of law, and the cultural contests in which it has figured. Law and Literature will appeal to graduates and scholars working on the intersection between law and literature and in key related areas such as literature and human rights. Provides a multi-focused history of literature's critical interest in ideas of law and justice Explores how legal concepts and practices contribute to literary studies Presents a history of law and literature, and its contemporary applications

Law and Literature 

American Society for Legal History Cromwell Fellowships Deadline Extended to 7/20/18




ASLH Cromwell Fellowships: DEADLINE EXTENDED to JULY 20

In 2018, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will make available a number of $5,000 fellowship awards to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project. The number of awards made is at the discretion of the Foundation. In the past several years, the trustees of the Foundation have made five to nine awards.

Application Process for 2018

The Committee for Research Fellowships and Awards of the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the Foundation. (The Cromwell Foundation was established in 1930 to promote and encourage scholarship in legal history, particularly in the colonial and early national periods of the United States. The Foundation has supported the publication of legal records as well as historical monographs.)
Applicants should submit a description of their proposed project (double-spaced, maximum 6 pages including notes; include a working title), a budget, a timeline, and a short c.v. (no longer than 3 pages). The budget and timeline can be part of the Project Description or separate. (There is no application form.) Two letters of recommendation from academic referees should be sent directly to the Selection Committee via email attachment, preferably as .pdf files. Applications must be submitted electronically (preferably in one .pdf file) no later than midnight July 20, 2018.
Please send all materials to the Selection Committee at <email>.
§  Your application should make clear the relevance of law to your project. The most successful applicants demonstrate how law (broadly construed) is at the center of their projects, and how their research will tell us something new about law.
§  Your proposal should engage with relevant scholarship in the field. While this discussion can be brief, the most successful applicants explain how their projects tell us something new.
§  Your application should have a clear budget that is specific about how and where you plan to spend research funds.
§  You will receive a confirmation email within a few days of submitting your application; if you do not receive such an email, please follow up.
Successful applicants will be notified by early November. An announcement of the awards will also be made at the annual meeting of the American Society of Legal History.

For more information:





PhD Fellowship, School of Humanities and Digital Sciences: Deadline August 31, 2018 @TilburgU

The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences of Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, invites applications for a four-year PhD position (1,0 fte) in continental political philosophy, the philosophy of culture, or cultural studies, starting November 1, 2018 or later this year, on the topic of social media and the public sphere.

Profile Candidates must hold a MA/MSc degree or equivalent by the time of appointment. Apart from philosophy graduates, candidates with degrees in other relevant disciplines are welcome if they can demonstrate a high level of familiarity with political philosophy or philosophy of culture. The selected candidate will be a member of the Graduate School of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences.

The selected candidate is expected to become member of the research groups Philosophy of Humanity, Culture and Ethics and Rapid Social & Cultural Transformations. They sustain large international networks and regularly organize conferences, workshops and seminars in different traditions of continental philosophy and cultural studies, respectively. The candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis on the topic of social media and the public sphere by the end of the contract.

The PhD thesis is funded by the Advancing Society: Impact program of Tilburg University, theme: Empowering Resilient Society. The subject of the thesis is expected to be an interdisciplinary research, which combines two or more of the following disciplines: Philosophy of Humanity, Culture, and Society; Philosophy of Art and Media; Cultural Studies; Literary theory; Online culture and Digitalization Philosophy of Law; Critical Theory; Democratic Theory. The thesis will be written under the supervision of Prof. M.S. Prange (Department of Philosophy); Prof. O.M. Heynders (Department Cultural Studies); Dr. M. Bot (Department of Law).

This PhD project explores possibilities for democratic communication in an age of social media and digital technologies. The project explores how social media and digital technologies can facilitate free communication among equal members of democratic publics, and it explores how social media and digital technologies can undermine such free communication, for instance through bots and trolling and by providing platforms for narratives, symbols, and sentiments of inequality, particularly of race, religion, gender and sexuality.

More about the position, including application information, here.

July 5, 2018

CFP: Panel: Art, History, and the Making of European Identity: Deadline July 15, 2018 @thomgiddens


Call for Papers for the Panel: Art, History and the Making of European Identity

As part of
8th Euroacademia International Conference
Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, 28 – 30 September 2018

Deadline for paper proposals: 15th of July 2018

Art, History and the Making of European Identity

Panel Description

Identities are socially attributed imaginary significations. They are part of the dynamic projects of individual and social autonomy (C. Castoriadis). Nothing shapes, represents or reflects better the imaginary constructions of particular societies than arts. The artistic perception and practice are often identity making processes while the object of art can be a direct or indirect embodiment of experienced identities. At the outcome line of the process of artistic creation, the perception of the objects of art as oeuvre is an identification with cultural claims for specific aesthetic standards.

Art has a tremendous impact in indicating or shaping various dimensions of multilayered identities. Trough time art represented or influenced human visions of life and death, natural or supra-natural, meanings of life and daily practices, beliefs and their expression, history and change, places and differences. Art is simultaneously a process of building contextual cultural identifications and an instrument for cross-cultural dialogue. Arts supported the symbolic legitimating of various political orders and had an essential role in the creation of national identities. Arts shaped cultural aspirations and credos as an effective element of cultural innovation, change and openness to new. Through imaginary representations, art inserted divisions and differences among cultures and self-perceptions of people yet also opened the path of curiosity for the other and the emergence of trans-cultural dialogue. As artistic visions touched upon the most intimate identitarian representations of individuals and societies, they exercise a fundamental role in the developments and dynamics of identity making processes. Arts deeply touched on social and self-representation through sculpture and portraiture, on civic identities through defining social spaces in architecture or quotidian perceptions through design, on social or political allegiances through symbols, iconic objects and cultural diplomacy, on acting identities through theater, literature or performance arts, on the formation of transnational and global symbols. They exercised an essential impact on the formation of social memories or in addressing inclusion and exclusion nexuses for the marginalized or oppressed. Art is as well one of the important modes for asserting identities.

This panel addresses explicitly and invites the theoretical or applied studies that relate artistic manifestations with identity making processes. As the universe of reflection and research on the topics involved are virtually unlimited and impossible to anticipate in full diversity, we welcome contributions that add value or challenges to the discussion of the topic.

Some suggested topics for the panel are:

•       European Art and identity: a bidirectional influence
•       Arts and the formation of social imaginary in Europe
•       Art as search for self-expression and identity
•       History, memory, art and identity in Europe: from literature to visual and performing arts
•       Renaissance and humanism influence on modern identity
•       Art and the creation of national identities in Europe
•       Modern art and novelty as a value
•       Portraiture and identity: from painting to sculpture and photography
•       Performing identities: identity and performance in literature, theater and the performing arts
•       The body in art
•       Art and expressions of gender identity
•       Photography and identity making: from single images to serial portraits
•       Identity and migration or displacement in art
•       Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi: the human and the absolute
•       Picasso and Modigliani: images of a deeper self
•       Cindy Sherman: the nature of representation and construction of identity
•       Architecture and urban vision: from civic identities to globalization
•       Contemporary design and the visions of life and the self
•       Displaying allegiance: from ideological art to political symbols
•       Fashion and social staging of personal identity
•       Cinematography and identitarian representations
•       Art and cross-cultural dialogue
•       Art and post-colonialism
•       Repressed identities and arts
•       Art and search for recognition: expressing cultural heritage
•       Art, infinite reproduction and the global village
•       Kitsch and identity
•       Museums, galleries and exhibitions: displaying identities

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 15th of July 2018 to application@euroacademia.org

For complete details please see the conference website:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eio/


Via @thomgiddens

July 3, 2018

The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law and Justice in Context, from the Middle Ages to the First World War (forthcoming from Springer Publishing)

Forthcoming from Springer: The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law and Justice in Context, from the Middle Ages to the First World War (S. Huygebaert, G. Martyn, V. Paumen, E. Bousmar, and X. Rousseaux, eds., 2018) (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.
The contributions to this volume were written by historians, legal historians and art historians, each using his or her own methods and sources, but all concentrating on topics from the broad subject of historical legal iconography. How have the concepts of law and justice been represented in (public) art from the Late Middle Ages onwards? Justices and rulers had their courtrooms, but also churches, decorated with inspiring images. At first, the religious influence was enormous, but starting with the Early Modern Era, new symbols and allegories began appearing. Throughout history, art has been used to legitimise the act of judging, but artists have also satirised the law and the lawyers; architects and artisans have engaged in juridical and judicial projects and, in some criminal cases, convicts have even been sentenced to produce works of art. The book illustrates and contextualises the various interactions between law and justice on the one hand, and their artistic representations in paintings, statues, drawings, tapestries, prints and books on the other.

Deadline Extended: Abstract Submission, Conference on Qualitative Research in Law, October 26, 2018


Conference on Qualitative Research in Law - to be held on 26 Oct 2018 in Brno, Czech Republic

We invite all who are interested in qualitative and interpretive methods in legal research. Contributions should focus on the methodological aspect of qualitative research: methods of data collection, interpretation of various types of data, and experience with this type of research in law in general. We are interested in research of anthropological, linguistic, ethnographic, narratological, sociological and other related fields dealing with law, its position and influence on society, the content of legal texts or texts about the law.

- The deadline for abstract submission (maximum length of 300 words) has been postponed until 15 July 2018, on qrlconference@law.muni.cz.
- Notification will be sent to authors until August 13, 2018.



Via @thomgiddens



July 2, 2018

Still Open: CFP Law, Comics, Justice: Graphic Justice Discussions 2018 @LexComica

The Graphics Justice Research Alliance CFP for its Graphic Justice Discussions 2018: Law, Comics, Justice is open until July 10, 2018. More here.

June 29, 2018

McSweeney on Fiction in the Code @GSULawReview

Thomas McSweeney, William & Mary Law School, is publishing Fiction in the Code in volume 34 of the Georgia State University Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract.
One of the major branches of the field of law and literature is often described as “law as literature.” Scholars of law as literature examine the law using the tools of literary analysis. The scholarship in this subfield is dominated by the discussion of narrative texts: confessions, victim-impact statements, and, above all, the judicial opinion. This article will argue that we can use some of the same tools to help us understand non-narrative texts, such as law codes and statutes. Genres create expectations. We do not expect a law code to be literary. Indeed, we tend to dissociate the law code from the kind of imaginative fiction we expect to find in a narrative text. This article will take a historical example, the medieval Icelandic legal manuscript known as Konungsbók, and examine it for its fictional elements. This article will examine Konungsbók for the ways in which it creates an imagined world, populated by free, equal householders, a world that was very different from the Iceland in which its creator lived. Its creator may have created it less to tell his reader anything about the law as it stood in thirteenth-century Iceland than as an elegy to a world he thought he had lost. It therefore stands as a testament to the law code’s literary potential.
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June 28, 2018

A New Series on Movies and Popular Culture From Rutgers University Press @RutgersUPress

Of interest from Rutgers University Press: Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture

Blair Davis, Comic Book Movies (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

Steven Gerrard, The Modern British Horror Film (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

Barry Keith Grant, Monster Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

Ian Olney, Zombie Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

Valerie Orlando, New African Cinema (Rutgers University Press (2017).

Stephen Prince, Digital Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2019) (forthcoming).

Steven Shaviro, Digital Music Videos (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

David Sterritt, Rock 'n' Roll Movies (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

John Wills, Disney Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

June 27, 2018

Macias on Utilitarian Constitutionalism: A Comparison of Bentham & Madison @SIUSchoolofLaw

Steven J. Macias, Southern Illinois University School of Law, is publishing Utilitarian Constitutionalism: A Comparison of Bentham & Madison in volume 11 of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2018). Here is the abstract.
Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), the father of modern utilitarianism, had much in common, ideologically, with James Madison (1751–1836), the father of the U.S. Constitution. This Article is an attempt to bridge the literature on the two figures and to show that knowledge of Bentham’s constitutional theory is useful in understanding the intellectual environment that produced the U.S. Constitution. Although lawyers’ knowledge of Bentham might be limited to catchphrases such as, “nonsense upon stilts,” or concepts associated with modern surveillance technology like the Panopticon (his design for a prison), Bentham was a serious legal and political philosopher. His interests extended to the United States, so much so, that he engaged in serious analysis of the U.S. Constitution and communicated with leading American politicians, including Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Aaron Burr, and John Quincy Adams. This Article demonstrates the similarities of thought between Bentham and Madison and argues that the Constitution is best viewed as a document inspired by, and compatible with, the rationalism represented by English utilitarianism.
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McGuinness on Presidential Human Rights Talk

Margaret E. McGuinness, St. John's University, School of Law, is publishing Presidential Human Rights Talk in volume 56 of the Washburn Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract.
In response to Professor Harold Hongju Koh's March 2017 keynote at Washburn University, "The Trump Administration and International Law," this essay examines the diplomatic and political rhetoric deployed by past presidents in support of human rights to argue that such "presidential human rights talk" represented an important element of U.S. human rights policy and promoted the transnational transmission of human rights norms. President Trump's complete abandonment of presidential human rights talk signals an end to what remains of American "human rights exceptionalism." Combined with Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy, which rejects the value of the international institutions the U.S. helped build and sustain over the past 70 years, the end of presidential human rights talk may also mark the end of U.S. human rights diplomacy.
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June 26, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Loving

You can once again watch the wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Loving, with Timothy Hutton and Lela Rochon (made for television, 1996), and not available on DVD right now, on Amazon Prime. While Nancy Buirski's Loving and The Loving Story, interpretations of the battle Mildred and Richard Loving fought to overturn the Virginia law against miscegenation are also available, I have a soft spot for the 1996 film and am glad to see it for the first time in a number of years.

I hope it remains on Amazon Prime long enough for my fall class on Law and Society to get a chance to see it. Many of my students would have been five years old or younger when it first aired, and of course wouldn't have been born yet when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the history-making case (1967). Maybe their parents weren't either?

A short bibliography of the movie and the case.

ACLU, Loving: Looking Back at the Landmark Case, Loving v. Virginia

Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

Patricia Hruby Powell, Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case (Chronicle Books, 2017).

Robert A. Pratt, Essay: Crossing the Color Line: A Historical Assessment and Personal Narrative of Loving v. Virginia, 41 Howard L.J. 229 (1997/1998).

Peter Wallenstein, Virginia Hasn't Always Been For Lovers: Interracial Marriage Bans and the Case of Richard and Mildred Loving, 112 The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 440(4) (2004).




New in Paperback: Mendenhall on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon @allenmendenhall @BucknellUPress @RLPGBooks

New in paperback: Allen Mendenhall, Faulkner University School of Law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon: Aesthetic Dissent and the Common Law (Rowman and Littlefield/Bucknell University Press, 2016). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.
This book argues that Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., helps us see the law through an Emersonian lens by the way in which he wrote his judicial dissents. Holmes’s literary style mimics and enacts two characteristics of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s thought: “superfluity” and the “poetics of transition,” concepts ascribed to Emerson and developed by literary critic Richard Poirier. Using this aesthetic style borrowed from Emerson and carried out by later pragmatists, Holmes not only made it more likely that his dissents would remain alive for future judges or justices (because how they were written was itself memorable, whatever the value of their content), but also shaped our understanding of dissents and, in this, our understanding of law. By opening constitutional precedent to potential change, Holmes’s dissents made room for future thought, moving our understanding of legal concepts in a more pragmatic direction and away from formalistic understandings of law. Included in this new understanding is the idea that the “canon” of judicial cases involves oppositional positions that must be sustained if the law is to serve pragmatic purposes. This process of precedent-making in a common-law system resembles the construction of the literary canon as it is conceived by Harold Bloom and Richard Posner.

June 25, 2018

SCOTUS Denies Cert in "Making a Murderer" Case

The Supreme Court has denied cert in the "Making a Murderer" case, which gained traction after it because the basis for a popular Netflix series.  More about the show, and controversy, below.

From the New Yorker, here.
From the Guardian, here.
From Digital Spy, here.


See SCOTUSblog's page here.

June 22, 2018

Stalk Her Until She Loves You: Abduction As Romance @PopDetective

Via Pop Culture Detective (@PopDetective), a video essay discussing the way pop culture (often film) depicts the relentless way that a man pursues a woman in order to transform her initial dislike into attraction, desire, and ultimately love. Link here to Abduction As Romance. Pop Culture Detective has also posted a related video essay, Stalking For Love, which covers the ways in which pop culture seems to show society seeming to reward a man who won't take a woman's initial "no" for an answer. He continues to follow her and repeat his question, "Will you go out with me?" (or something similar) until he gets the answer he wants. Of course, because he's the "hero" in the situation, society usually excuses such behavior. In addition, the woman who finally (and charmingly) agrees to be wooed can give up responsibility for her actions and her choices. It's an all too comfortable position for many women, even today. It allows men to continue to be aggressive and seductive at the same time, and for women to play the victim and the prize. "Win, win," as they say. Or "second verse, same as the first."

Pop Culture Detective isn't the first pop culture observer to comment on this aberrant message, but these videos are very effective. For more on the "hero male as stalker," see these links.

Julie Beck, Romantic Comedies: When Stalking Has a Happy Ending (The Atlantic)

Radhiga Sanghani, Ten Times Pop Culture Romanticised Sexual Harassment (BBC)

Stalking Is Love (TV Tropes)

Why Is Stalking Romantic In Our Favorite Movies? (AAUW)

But for a contrasting opinion, see Cathy Young, Romantic Comedies Produce Stalkers? That's Laughable (The Observer)

June 21, 2018

Patrick on Evocative Advocates and Stirring Statesmen: Law, Politics, and the Weaponization of Imagery

Carlton Patrick, University of Central Florida, is publishing Evocative Advocates and Stirring Statesmen: Law, Politics, and the Weaponization of Imagery in volume 2 of the Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture (Fall 2018). Here is the abstract.
This article shows how descriptive imagery can be used to hijack evolved psychological instincts and prejudice the judgments of others, particularly in the legal and political domains. By mimicking the cues that represented threats to our ancestors, those wishing to color the perception of others can subtly trigger the affective responses that evolved to help navigate ancestral threats. When this happens, logic may be unseated in favor of deep-seated instinctual responses, often to a problematic degree. In this way, lawyers, politicians, and activists, taking a page out of the playbook of novelists and other storytellers, can weaponize words, images, descriptions, and narratives to (often improperly) sway the opinions of others.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

Matei on Art on Trial: Freedom of Artistic Expression and the European Court of Human Rights

Andra Matei has published Art on Trial. Freedom of Artistic Expression and the European Court of Human Rights. Here is the abstract.
The way that art is judged in the courtroom shapes the way it is perceived at large and has a direct consequence on how it can be appreciated by the society. Surely, not all art is to everybody's liking. Even the judges at Strasbourg fall into subjective definitions of artistic merit sometimes, despite their commendable attempts to stay detached and open-minded. In the recent Sinkova v. Ukraine case, a divided Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the applicant's conviction for an artistic performance featuring the applicant frying eggs over the Eternal Flame at a war memorial, did not breach her freedom of expression; finally, protecting the memory of soldiers from insult, outweighs the applicants right to free expression. The artistic nature of the applicant's actions is ignored by the ECtHR and in the absence of an explanatory context, the performance is dismissed as a senseless provocation. But how informed are judges in art theory and form and on what grounds do they speculate about artistic merit and motive? This essay will focus on the significance the ECtHR attaches to the protection of artistic expression and the ways in which it regulates the dynamics between artistic freedom and public morals. A cursory review of the relevant case-law (cases which have at their center controversial artworks) will show that, more often than not, when freedom of artistic expression is set against the need to protect public morals, or "the rights of others", the ECtHR favors the latter.
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Schauer on Law as a Malleable Artifact

Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law, is publishing Law as a Malleable Artifact in Law as an Artifact (Lukas Burazin, Kenneth Einar Himma, and Corrado Roversi, eds., Oxford University Press, 2018 Forthcoming). Here is the abstract.
Within contemporary analytic philosophy of law, most of the scholars who understand themselves to be engaged in conceptual analysis of the concept of law perceive that project to be analytic and descriptive, but not normative. But the concept of law is itself a human creation, and what humans can create humans can also re-create. And thus there is a different project of conceptual prescription or conceptual revision, one in which the goal is to reflect on (and to prescribe, at times) on how a society ought to understand the very idea of law – what concept of law a society ought to have. This project, which under one reading may have informed both H.L.A. Hart and Lon Fuller in their 1958 debate, need not displace the analytic/descriptive project of conceptual analysis of the concept of law, but, given its provenance going back at least as far as Jeremy Bentham, nor should it be dismissed from what John Austin labeled “the province of jurisprudence.”
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

June 20, 2018

Superheroes and Immigration @nancywyuen @INHERITANCEmag

Giovanny Panginda and Gene Luen Yang explore the ethnic origins of comic book superheroes for inheritancemag.com. Such characters come to the U.S., or countries, fleeing natural disasters or war, and they come without papers. The authors note in part,

Not only is Superman an immigrant, more specifically, he is a refugee, one forced to leave his country because of war, persecution, or natural disasters. Superman's cultural narrative starts with him as a baby on the planet Krypton, where his parents send him to Earth not just to escape the planet's destruction, but to offer him a chance at a better life.

Although we usually think of Superman as the great icon of "truth, justice, and the American Way," we often forget that he started out as a foreigner, and a literal unaccompanied minor alien. 


Via @nancywyuen.

Gaughan on D-Day, Collateral Damage, and the 1923 Hague Draft rules of Aerial Warfare

Anthony J. Gaughan, Drake University Law School, has published D-Day, Collateral Damage, and the 1923 Hague Draft Rules of Aerial Warfare. Here is the abstract.
This paper examines the question of whether the adoption of the 1923 Hague Draft Rules of Aerial Warfare as binding international law might have changed the outcome of the D-Day invasion during World War II. The delegates to The Hague conference proposed a severe restriction on the use of air power in urban areas, but the rules were never adopted as international law. Two decades later, the international community’s failure to adopt the 1923 Hague Draft Rules had a significant impact on the D-Day invasion. On June 6, 1944, the Allies mounted the largest amphibious operation in history as 150,000 troops stormed the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France. The landings succeeded in no small part because of the Allied air forces, which mounted a massive interdiction campaign to prevent the German army from rushing to the French coastline and destroying the Normandy beachhead. Operation Overlord, the code name for the D-Day invasion, marked a major turning point in the war, accelerating the collapse of Nazi Germany, which surrendered 11 months later. As the historian Ian Kershaw has observed, Operation Overlord marked “the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.” The D-Day air campaign, however, came at a severe cost for French and Belgian civilians. At least 12,000—and possibly more than 25,000—French and Belgian civilians died as unintended casualties of the Allied bombing campaign. Although the Allied air strikes clearly played a critical role in interdicting the German army, it was by no means clear that the vast scale of the bombing was necessary. Whether the interdiction objectives could have been achieved by a more modest—and less destructive—air campaign was an open question at the time and remains so for many historians today. One of the principal reasons why the Allies implemented a massive area bombing campaign against French and Belgian rail centers was because international law did not provide clear guidance regarding air warfare. But it might have had the 1923 Hague Draft Rules of Aerial Warfare been adopted as binding international law. The Draft Rules prohibited area bombing in urban areas, which is precisely what the Allies engaged in during the D-Day air campaign. Had the Rules been in effect in 1944, the Allied air campaign in support of the D-Day operation may well have been much more modest in nature. But would the reduction in collateral damage have come at the cost of jeopardizing the invasion’s success? The story of The Hague Draft Rules and the controversy over the D-Day air campaign demonstrates the unique challenges and inherent complexity of the effort to use international law to protect civilian populations during wartime.
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June 19, 2018

ICYMI: Bailey and Knight on Writing Histories of Law and Emotion @drkjknight

ICYMI: Merridee L. Bailey and Kimberley-Joy Knight, Writing Histories of Law and Emotion, 38 Journal of Legal History 117 (2017). Here is the abstract.
In recent years the study of emotions in the past has received considerable attention. At the same time, many historians of law have shown reluctance to acknowledge and systematically explore emotions in legal sources and legal contexts. This issue of the Journal of Legal History addresses this imbalance and demonstrates how emotions have played important roles in legal reasoning, legal doctrine, the behaviour of legal actors, and the development of law over time. This article investigates recent developments in the study of the history of emotions and of emotions in contemporary law, before assessing the challenges of writing law and emotions histories. It argues for the importance of utilizing both legal and extra-legal source material to uncover the relationship between legal rationality and emotion; to gain insights into the emotional worlds of those participating in legal systems; and to provide a deeper understanding of the workings of the law.

Klein and Matson on Mere-Liberty in David Hume @MasonEconomics

Daniel B. Klein and Erik Matson, both of George Mason University, Department of Economics, are publishing Mere-Liberty in David Hume in A Companion to David Hume (Universidad Francisco Marroquin). Here is the abstract.
What does Hume mean by liberty? Though clearly important to him, Hume never clarifies the matter explicitly. In his texts, liberty often seems to be a matter of government rules being certain, general, regular, etc., and often a matter of political form or constitution—the place of parliament or republicanism, checks to power, and so on. Many scholars have highlighted such ideas as Hume's idea of liberty. We argue that liberty in Hume bears a central meaning: liberty is a flipside of (commutative) justice. The basic injunction of (commutative) justice is to not mess with other people’s stuff. The flipside is: Others not messing with one's stuff. And it is especially in relation to government (as opposed to, say, a robber) that that flipside concept is what Hume often signifies with the word liberty. Because liberty is polysemous in Hume's writings, we call that meaning “mere-liberty.” Hume sees the achievement of high degree of mere-liberty as dependent on authority, which itself depends on contraventions of mere-liberty. We advance mere-liberty not against the other meanings, but with them, with mere-liberty central to Hume’s political outlook.
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Brooks and Sankey on the Legal Importance of Emotions @thom_brooks @LJMU

Thom Brooks, Durham University, and Diana Sankey, Liverpool John Moores University, have published Beyond Reason: The Legal Importance of Emotions in Ethical Rationalism and the Law 131-148 (Patrick Capps and Shaun D. Pattison eds., Oxford/Hart, 2018). Here is the abstract.
Deryck Beyleveld has forged a theory of ethical rationalism that has made an important impact on legal and moral philosophy—that this collection of essays makes clear. He has not only refined and improved the original account developed by Alan Gewirth, but provides us with ethical rationalism’s most prolific defender today. One area of particular insight is Beyleveld’s many applications of ethical rationalism to practice and, most especially, to medical law and ethics which has been especially influential. This work has set the bar for all proponents and critics alike. We focus narrowly on a specific concern that we have with ethical rationalism: its primacy of rationality over other characteristics, such as our emotions. This is not to deny the importance of reason in our thinking about law and ethical concerns. But we have concerns with any view that holds that reason is the only key to how any tensions should be resolved. Such a position claims for reason a privileged status it does not have or merit. One problem for us is that, in our view, ethical rationalism does not appear to adequately consider the importance of emotions and so it does not provide a satisfactory account of law and morality as a result. We examine this concern in the first part of our chapter. This chapter’s second part raises concerns with the application of ethical rationalism as a model for understanding sexual offences. We highlight both the need to foreground emotion in order to understand the current law, as well as the dangers from a normative perspective of appearing to marginalise the role of emotion in sexual offences. Not only would a prioritisation of rationality fail to reflect the role emotion can play in current rape law, but we would argue, is particularly problematic in this area of law in terms of promoting justice. In summary, Beyleveld’s ethical rationalism exercises an important impact on legal theory and legal practices. Nonetheless, we raise some reservations about its connection to these impacts that lead us to support revisions to this approach.
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June 14, 2018

Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 Years of Women and the Law in the UK and Ireland: Forthcoming From Hart Publishing @hartpublishing

Forthcoming from Hart Publishing: Women's Legal Landmarks: Celebrating 100 Years of Women and Law in the UK and Ireland (Erika Rackley and Rosemary Auchmuty, eds., Hart Publishing, 2018). Here is a description of the book's contents.
Women's Legal Landmarks commemorates the centenary of women's admission in 1919 to the legal profession in the UK and Ireland by identifying key legal landmarks in women's legal history. Over 90 authors write on landmarks that represent a significant achievement or marked an important stage or turning point in women's engagement with law and law reform. The landmarks embrace a wide range of topics, including the right to vote, equal pay, forced marriage, sexual violence, abortion and the ordination of women bishops, as well as the life stories of women who were the first to undertake key legal roles and positions. The collection was produced using an established feminist practice whereby each contribution was presented in collaborative workshops to ensure shared knowledge and insights into both the legal area and the historical context. Women's Legal Landmarks offers a scholarly intervention into the recovery of women's lost history, employing the methodology of feminist legal history to provide accounts which are accurate as to both law and historical context and which, taken together, demonstrate women's agency and activism in the achievement of law reform and justice.

Media of Women's Legal Landmarks 

June 13, 2018

Literature and the Judicial Opinion

Via Benjamin Woodring, news that Judge Michael Baylson went literary in his ruling in favor of the City of Philadelphia, finding that the federal government cannot cut off funding because the city insists it will only surrender undocumented immigrants if the feds have proper warrants. Here, courtesy of Dr. Woodring, is a link to Judge Baylson's opinion. It begins with quotations from Hamlet and Coriolanus and from Dr. Woodring's own article Liberty to Misread, published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and continues to the Odyssey.

I think a lot of literature profs out there must be very pleased! More about the law and literature references in this opinion here in an Atlantic essay by Walt Hunter of Clemson University, one of the aforementioned lit profs.

Law and the humanities lives!

June 12, 2018

Owley and Phelps on Understanding the Complicated Landscape of Civil War Monuments @JessicaOwley

Jessica Owley, University at Buffalo Law School, and Jess R. Phelps, Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, have published Understanding the Complicated Landscape of Civil War Monuments at 93 Indiana Law Journal Supp. 15 (2018). Here is the abstract.
This essay examines the controversy regarding confederate monuments and attempts to contextualize this debate within the current preservation framework. While much attention has been paid to this topic over the past year, particularly with regard to “public” monuments, such discussion has generally failed to recognize the varied and complicated property law layers involved—which can fundamentally change the legal requirements for modification or removal. We propose a spectrum or framework for assessing these resources ranging from public to private, and we explore the messy space in-between these poles where most monuments actually fall. By highlighting these categories, we provide an initial introduction of a typology for evaluating confederate monuments, serving as a foundation for an exploration into the nature of property law and monument protection.
Download the Essay from SSRN at the link.