Please register to the e-learning platform

Dear students,
We kindly remind you that, in order to access all the materials of the Law and the Humanities Course 2017/2018 you MUST register to the e-learning platform of the RomaTre Law Department. You have to find the Law and the Humanities course 2017/18 and click on register (in Italian ‘iscriviti’). In order to do that, you have to use your RomaTre email/account/password. Only this way you will find all the readings and join the Forum. See you soon!
http://www.giur.uniroma3.it

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18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (New York, 25-27 May 2017)

What: 18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

Where: Cardozo Law School

When: 25 May to 27 May 2017

All information available HERE.

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The 18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2017, hosted by the Cardozo Law School  in collaboration with the University of Roma Tre – Law School), will take place from 25 May to 27 May 2017.

The use and practice of exemplarity are rooted in classic rhetoric, literature, politics and law. Because of the shift from pre-modern to modern ways of thinking – as modern knowledge came to privilege abstraction over exempla, the general over the singular and particular – exemplarity lost its way.

The aim of this Roundtable is to discuss how in the contemporary legal discourse exemplarity regained relevance in human and legal thought: it constitutes the “compromise” between different orders: positive law (civil law, common law) and natural law, general and particular, abstract and concrete, societal and individual. Exemplary judgments (at a national and at an international level, e.g. Landgericht Köln – N. 151 Ns 169/11; Enel v. Costa; Scordino v. Italy) bridge the divide between traditional dichotomies, such as Common Law/Civil Law and positive law/natural law — by linking the ordinary (cases that are already described by a norm, which provides for them) and the extreme (cases that challenge the normative order because they are not yet provided for by law).

The legal exemplary case embodies the tension betweenordinary – extraordinary and general – singular, and at the same time it offers a model, a solution to “go through” that tension. The tension between ordinary and extraordinary is, in the law, related to the essential juridical tension between facts and norms. From a philosophical perspective, exemplary and paradigmatic forms are elements that constitute the hermeneutic parameters of a given context.

In its many forms, exemplarity entails the dialectical oscillation around an internal divide: whether it comes as paradeigma or paradigm, as exemplum, exemplar, or mere instance, as Exempel or Beispiel, as model or precedent, exemplarity mediates between the singular and the general. Especially in philosophy, the use of examples has often been devoted to the mere didactic illustration of general concepts for those unable to understand them without assistance from concrete cases or instances. “Examples are thus the go-cart of judgment,” as Immanuel Kant’s well-known dictum goes, “which he who is deficient in that natural talent cannot afford to dispense with” (CPR: B 174).

Natural law re-emerges through exemplarity in the form of the “just” reason in the specific case: the single narrative in the single case challenges the ratio legis by proposing a new and different ratio. The particular and the universal are given in the same form through the exemplary case because they express a contradiction between extra-legal values and abstract and general rules.

CFP: 23rd ANNUAL FORUM OF YOUNG LEGAL HISTORIANS (NAPLES, MAY 30 – JUNE 1, 2017)

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Call for Papers

Under the title “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time” the Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, in order to propose new instruments of research.

Deadline: 15 March 2017

Conference fee: 100 EUR

Contact: forum2017aylh@gmail.com

Organizing Committee: Valerio Massimo Minale and Virginia Amorosi

All information HERE.

 

20 December 2016: “Law and Music” at the Palladium Theater!

locandina-note-a-sentenza-jpgEveryone ready for the first “Law and the Humanities” concert in a proper (and beautiful) location such as the Palladium Theater? You can read the details below and on the facebook event (HERE). Admission is free as the concert is organized by the Law Departement of the RomaTre University. Come and experience the (amazing) strict relationship between law and music!

What: “Note a sentenza”: Final event of the “Law and the Humanities” course (Fall 2016).

Where: Teatro Palladium, Piazza Batolomeo Romano, 8, 00154, Roma.

When: Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 8:30 pm. 

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About your presentations on December 13th and 14th

Dear students,

as you know, you will have to present your works on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can read below who will do the presentation and when. If your name is not in the list even though you have submitted your work, please send ad email to: lawandhumanitiesrome@gmail.com.

Remember to bring your work, especially if it is a video. You will have ca. 8 minutes for each presenation. 

Do not forget the final written exam on December 15th! Unfortunately it was not possible to upload Stefan Huygebart’s slides on the e-learning platform as they are too “heavy”. If you need them, please bring a pendrive to download them on Tuesday or Wednesday.

See you soon!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016:

  1. Auebach
  2. Baffa
  3. Bernardini
  4. Briganti + Ciarlone
  5. Brisbois
  6. Canale
  7. Conboy + Souffir
  8. D’Ercole + Di Martino
  9. Ertola
  10. Gatto

Wednesday, 14 December 2016:

  1. Ginese
  2. Kapplani + Groeger + Haentjes
  3. Knox
  4. Laurent
  5. Marseglia
  6. Rocca
  7. Rossini Martins
  8. Seica
  9. Shaaps
  10. Van Pagée
  11. Wangler

 

New challenge on “Law and Literature”!

Dear students,

our last guest speaker, Dr. Alessio Baldini, has prepared for you a very interesting exercise! Add your comments below as usual.

“Read the following article written by the acclaimed contemporary English novelist Ian MacEwan. Here, MacEwan talks about his conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/05/ian-mcewan-law-versus-religious-belief

Try to answer one of the following questions:

  1. How would you characterize MacEwan’s conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law?
  1. Which arguments and examples do you find convincing? And which do you find unconvincing?
  1. Would you subscribe to or reject MacEwan’s conception? Give some reasons for subscribing or rejecting it.

I am looking forward to reading your comments!”

 

6 and 7 December 2016: Alessio Baldini on “Normativity, Ethics, Novel”

alessio_baldini_340x200_img_2020Abstract:

In these two sessions, we will look at two Italian family sagas: The Leopard (1958) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburgs (1952). We will see how these two novels encourage readers to imagine the fading of the normative horizon of the patriarchal family – a social change that is also reflected in changes in Italian constitutional and civil laws (1948, 1975).

More broadly, our objective will be to understand how literature might address ethical and moral concerns. For here might be the common ground between literature and the law, which also reflects and responds to such concerns, albeit differently.

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Lecture 1 (6 Dec)

The Fading of Patriarchy: Pluralism and Moral Equality in Lampedusa’s The Leopard

Lecture 2 (7 Dec)

Confronting Moral Luck: Literature, Emotions and Morality in Ginzburg’s All Our Yesterdays

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Suggested readings (background readings for the lectures):

  • [L1] Dworkin, R. 1996. The Moral Reading of the Constitution. New York Review of Books. [Online]. 43(5). [Accessed 1 December 2016]. [no pagination]. Available from:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1996/03/21/the-moral-reading-of-the-constitution/

  • [L1] Gaut, B. 2009. Morality and Art. In: Davies, S. Higgins, K. M. Hopkins, R. Stecker, R. and Cooper, D. E. A Companion to Aesthetics. 2nd ed. Chichester, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 428-31
  • [L2] Kieran, M. Emotions, 2010. Art and Immorality. In: Goldie, P. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 681-703
  • [L2] Williams, B. and Nagel, T. 1976 Moral Luck. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volumes. 50, pp. 115-151

Supplementary readings (a critical perspective on the ethical turn in literature and the law):

  • Posner, R. 1997. Against Ethical Criticism. Philosophy and Literature. 21(1), pp. 1-27
  • Posner, R. 1998. The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Harvard Law Review. 111(7), pp. 1637-1717

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To read Alessio Baldini’s CV click HERE

 

CONFERENCE: The Art of Law (Bruges, Groeningemuseum, 16-18 Jan 2017)

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The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War

In Bruges (Belgium), at the occasion of the art exhibition De Kunst van het Recht, an international conference on the topic of legal iconography is being organized at the Groeningemuseum on 16, 17 and 18 January 2017. The Bruges conference has multiple links to our Law and the Humanities courses. Amongst the organizers are two former teachers within the Rome Law and the Humanities program: professor Georges Martyn and PhD fellow Stefan Huygebaert, both from Ghent University. The conference’s Key Note Speaker will be dr. Carolin Behrmann, who is leading the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). Several speakers at the Bruges conference have been fellows within this Nomos of Images research group. One of them, Felix Jäger, was the Law and the Visual teacher in our Law and the Humanities course in 2015.

 

An introduction on the conference as well as the final program, registration and practical details can be found on the conference websitetaolconference.wordpress.com

Update of the L&H calendar

Dear students,

You can read below an updated calendar of the last part of our course:

1 December: Visit to the Corte di Cassazione. Meeting point: Piazza dei Tribunali, 10:00 am. Bring your ID!

1 December: Submission of the Midterm Exam

13 – 14 December: Presentation of the work done for the ‘competition’/Midterm

15 December: Final written exam, room 7, 6:00 pm. No vocabulary allowed

20 December: Free concert at the Palladium Theater at 8:30 pm -Note a sentenza. Invite your family and friends!

You have also to register for the final oral exam on the RomaTre Law Departement website. The dates are: 11 January 2017, 25 January 2017 and 16 February 2017. You have to register both for the L&H exam and the ‘lingua giuridica’ in case you need also this last one.