Simon Stern, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, is publishing Effect and Technique in Legal Aesthetics in volume 2 of Critical Analysis of Law (2015). Here is the abstract.
Discussions of legal aesthetics often proceed as if it were sufficient, in exploring law’s aesthetic dimensions, to refer to effects such as symmetry, balance, and proportionality. Those effects, however, might be produced by any number of techniques, and aesthetic technique tells us more about the meaning and context of legal ideas than effects do. After discussing various kinds of inquiries into legal aesthetics, this essay turns to Blackstone’s Commentaries as a source for the techniques that inform modern legal writing and analysis.Download the essay from SSRN at the link.