Law and the Humanities 2020: Syllabus!

The Syllabus of the Law and the Humanities 2020 Course (Roma Tre University, Law Department), directed by Prof. Emanuele Conte,  is now ready. Lots of interesting topics and guests from all over the world: have a look at it!

Law and the Humanities.

Studying Law at Roma Tre – Spring Semester 2020

Prof. Emanuele Conte


4-5-6 March

Emanuele CONTE

General Introduction


Jack M. Balkin & Sanford Levinson, Law and the Humanities: An Uneasy Relationship, 18 Yale J.L. & Human. 155 (2006).

Sarat, Anderson and Franck, On the Origins and Prospects of the Humanistic Study of Law

James Boyd White, Legal Knowledge, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 1396 (2002).

11-12-13 March

Emanuele CONTE

Law and History

The birth and the function of Legal History as an academic field


Joshua Getzler, Law, History and the Social Sciences: Intellectual Traditions of Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Europe

In: Law and History, ed. A. Lewis and M. Lobban, Oxford University Press 2004

18-19-20 March

Guest lectures : Stefania GIALDRONI

Law and Architecture

Gialdroni, S. (2018). Justice Petrified: The Seat of the Italian Supreme Court between Law, Architecture and Iconography. In A.C. Stefan Huygebaert et al. (eds.), “Sensing the Nation’s Law. Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy”, Springer International Publishing, pp. 117-152.
Gialdroni, S. (2019). (Hi)stories of Roman Law. Cesare Maccari’s frescoes in the Aula Massima of the Italian Supreme Court. In “FORUM HISTORIAE IURIS”, available at
Suggested reading
Rossi Kirk, T. (1997), The politicization of the landscape of Roma capitale and the symbolic role of the Palazzo di Giustizia. In “Mélanges de l’école française de Rome”, tome 109 n. 1, pp. 89-114, available at:

25-26-27 March

Guest Lectures : Anicetu MASFERRER

University of Valencia

Law, Religion and Morality: Past and Present

Wednesday 25 March

Law, Religion and Morality in the Western Legal Tradition: Natural law, Christianity and Ius commune

Reading: RH Helmholz, “Natural Law and Religion: Evidence from the Case Law”, Law and Religion: The Legal Teachings of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014, pp. 91-106 (available at google  books).

Thursday 26 March

Can legal precepts, moral precepts and religious precepts be separated? A brief historical and philosophical introduction to the distinction between law, religion and morality

Reading: Masferrer, “Law and Morality Revisited: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”, in A. Masferrer (ed.), Criminal Law and Morality in the Age of Consent. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Springer (forthcoming, 2020)

Friday 27 March

The religious influence in the making of private law: marriage, law of property and obligations

Reading: Charles Donahue, Jr., “The Role of the Humanists and the Second Scholastic in the Development of European Marriage Law from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries”, Law and Religion: The Legal Teachings of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations (ed. by Wim Decock et altri), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co. KG, Göttingen, 2014, pp. 45-62 (available at google  books); W Decock, “Law of Property and Obligations: Neoscholastic Thinking and Beyond”, The Oxford Handbook of European Legal History (ed. by Heikki Pihlajamäki, Markus D. Dubber, and Mark Godfrey), OUP, 2018, pp. 611-631.


1-2-3 April

Guest Lectures : Anicetu MASFERRER

Law, Religion and Morality: Past and Present

Wednesday 1 April

The distintion between criminal law and morality in the Western tradition

Reading: A Masferrer, “The Need for a Secularized Criminal Law: Past, Present andFuture. A Proposal to Unravel a Complex Issue in the Western Society”, Trending Topics of Law and Justice: Legal English Workshops 2015/16, Tirant lo Blanch, 2017, pp. 299-321.

Thursday 2 April

The religious influence in the making of Constitutional law: human dignity & human rights

Reading: A Masferrer, “Human Dignity in the Early Sixteenth Century Spanish Scholasticism: Francisco de Vitoria and Fray Bartolomé de las Casas”, De rebus divinis et humanis. Essays in honour of Jan Hallebeek (Harry Dondorp, Martin Schermaier & Boudewijn Sirks, eds.), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage 2019, pp. 203-213.

Friday 3 April

The religious influence in the making of Constitutional law: the religious freedom from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the Second Vatican Council (1968).

Reading: Dignitatis humanae (Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, by Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965; M Rhonheimer, “Christian secularity and the culture of human rights” (available at

8 April Mid-Term exam
15-16-17 April

Guest Lectures : Pierre THEVENIN

Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Paris

Law and Literature

The classes will explore the appropriation, by avant-garde poets from the 20th and 21st centuries, of the formal use of language associated with the practice of law. Looking at legally trained American poets, ranging from Charles Reznikoff to Vanessa Place, we will discuss how an engagement with judicial documents played a part in developing an “uncreative”, “objectivist” or “conceptualist” trend of writing. How can law set an example for poets keen to face the challenge that the digital age is putting on the original expression of private sentiments?


Charles Reznikoff, Testimony: The United States 1885-1890. Recitative, Black Sparrow Press, 2015 (selection).

Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing. Managing Language in the Digital Age, Columbia University Press, New York, chapter 1 “Revenge of the Text”.

James Boyd White, “The Writing Life of the Lawyer and Judge”, third section of “An Old-Fashioned View of the Nature of Law”, Theoretical Inquiry in Law, 2011-12, p. 381-402.

22-23-24 April

Guest Lectures : Charles YABLON

Cardozo University, New York


Law, music, the center and the frontiers of normativity

1)          General discussion of law and music and its relationship to other interdisciplinary approaches to law.  What are we actually studying when we seek to study law and music?

2)          Law and jazz; the social context of jazz in the United States, its simultaneous existence as a worldwide popular art form and as a unique expression of African American experience and culture.  Jazz as a form of “rule breaking.”


D. Manderson and D. Caudill, “Modes of Law: Music and Legal Theory”, 20 Cardozo Law Review 1998-99, 1325

Amy Leigh Wilson, “A Unifying Anthem or Path to Degradation: The Jazz Influence in American Property Law”, 55 Ala. L. Rev. 425 (2004).

6-7-8 May

Emanuele CONTE

Guest Lecture on 7th May: Ivo JOSIPOVIC

Former President of the Republic od Croatia

6 May: Law, Music and Liturgy

7 May: Music and Politics

8 May: Music, Constitution and the People

13-14-15 May

Guest Lectures : Cinnamon DUCASSE

University of St Andrews, UK

Contemporary British anti-rave law (from 1980s)

Laws against slave music in the British Caribbean (C18th)

Theodosian constitutions on festival.

Listen to the following track, which was composed in response to Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1994, which criminalised the gathering of 20 or more people around music characterised by the ‘emission of a succession of repetitive beats’. Each beat in the track is different and therefore cannot be defined as repetitive. I think if they listen to the track they can figure this out, so don’t tell them why I’ve asked them to listen to it!

Autechre, ‘Flutter’ on Anti EP (Warp, UK: 1994)



Here are 2 introductions to sounds studies volumes, to introduce critical thinking about sound and music:

Jonathan Sterne, ‘1. Sonic Imaginations’, in The Sound Studies Reader, ed. Jonathan Sterne, (London: Routledge, 2014), pp.1-13.

Michael Bull and Les Back, ‘Introduction: Into Sound… Once More With Feeling’, in The Auditory Culture Reader, 2nd Edition, eds. Michael Bull and Les Back. (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

And one tough article which incorporates some of this thinking into jurisprudence:

James E. K. Parker (2019) ‘Sonic lawfare: on the jurisprudence of weaponised sound’, in Sound Studies, 5:1, 72-96, DOI: 10.1080/20551940.2018.156445

27-28-29 May Overview and final revision for exam


Law and Humanities Spring School 2019 (RomaTre Law Department, 15-18 April)

We are proud to announce the first Law and Humanities Spring School at RomaTre. This event sees the participation of experts in the field coming from different countries, thanks to the collaboration between the RomaTre University, the Australian National University and the University of Lucerne.

The Spring School will take place at the RomaTre University Law Department, Via Ostiense 161, 00154 Rome (room t.b.a.).

All people interested are invited to apply for participation. Please send a brief letter of motivation in English (max 1 page) and a CV to the following email address:                                                                                                      Deadline: 15 March 2019

You can read the program below or download the pdf Law and Humanities Spring School RomaTre 2019:

15 April
S1) Emanuele Conte: Music, Liturgy and the Construction of the People as a subject (morning)
S2) Fiona Macmillan: Intellectual and Cultural Properties: Between Market and Community (afternoon)

16 April
S1) Desmond Manderson (with E. Conte and A. Condello): Contemporary critical theory: authoritarianism, populism and crisis (morning)
S2) Steven Howe: Law, Cinema and Popular Culture (afternoon)

17 April
S1) Mariano Croce: Postcritical law: The transformative potential of law-users (morning)
S2) Desmond Manderson: Working with images: the rule of art and the rule of law (afternoon)

18 April
S1)  Sum up session (morning)

Conference on Law and Music (Rome, 28 November 2018)

For all people interested in the fascinating topic of the relationship between Law and Music, a conference will take place on November 28th at 3:00 pm at the seat of the Italian Consiglio di Stato in the amazing Palazzo Spada. It is the result of a collaboration between the Consiglio di Stato and the University of RomaTre. The conference is open to the public. You can find all the details below as well as on the attached pdf: Diritto e Musica Palazzo Spada 28 Novembre 2018


CFP: The Documedia Revolution (University of Torino, 4-5-6 October 2018)

The Documedia Revolution

DOCAM, Document Academy

 15th Annual Meeting 2018

University of Torino, Palazzo Nuovo, Ground Floor

Scienza Nuova Centre for Advanced Studies

4-5-6 October 2018

The 2018 conference is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences at the University of Torino, in Italy. The conference co-chairs are Angela Condello and Maurizio Ferraris.

The conference will be the inaugural event of a new Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Industry 4.0, called “Scienza Nuova” (at the University of Torino).

You can read all the details also in the attached PDF: Final_CallDOCAMTorino018_Final.

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

  • Michael Buckland (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
  • Gregory Currie (University of York) – T.B.C.
  • Ronald Day (Indiana University–Bloomington, USA)
  • Claire Scopsi (CNAM, France)
  • Barry Smith (University at Buffalo, USA)

We are in the middle of a revolution. More precisely, we are dealing with the third revolution, after the industrial and the media revolutions: the “documedia revolution.” In this revolution, the constitutive power of documents and the mobilizing power of the media interact. Data and recordings are archived while, at the same time, they can circulate on the web. The workers’ alienation mentioned by Marx has been replaced by dynamics such as valorization and recognition, and the exploitation now takes place over the human capital embodied by the consumer (beauty, fashion, posts, cooking, mass vacations…): can this be called “exploitation”? Recognition and social prestige seem to be the most valuable aspects of human life today.

This conference aims at discussing different aspects of the documedia revolution, and specifically both its causes (the nature of documents and of recordings and their relationship with modernity) and consequences (publicity, recognition, visibility, mobilization).

Mainly, but not exclusively, we invite papers that deal with following questions:

  • Has the definition of “document” changed in the web era?
  • What objects would we classify as documents today?
  • Can we imagine a new hermeneutics in the era of technology, a sort of “technological hermeneutics”?
  • Has the concept of “trust” changed in the web era?

The Conference will be organized according to this tentative prospective sessions, but not esclusively (other themes and perspectives will be welcome):

  • Forms of the Document: the Legal Perspective
  • Art and the Documedia Revolution
  • The Role of Technology in the Documedia Revolution
  • Documents and Commodities

Submission Details

All proposals, including posters, must include:

  • description: a short (500 words) description of the work to be presented;
  • names of all contributors;
  • addresses, including email contacts;
  • up to 5 keywords.

Paper proposals should also include:

  • explanation of how they will be presented (verbally only, with presentation software, video, performance, or other forms of demonstration);
  • special equipment needs.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to

All paper sessions will be plenary and given 40 minutes, which includes discussion.

Conference language is English.

Submission deadline for proposals: May 30th, 2018. Receipt will be confirmed within one week. Decisions will be announced by as soon as possible following the deadline.

Presentations will be eligible for publication in Proceedings from the Document Academy.  Accepted authors who foresee wanting to publish in the proceedings should begin preparing their manuscripts over the summer. Completed manuscripts will be due in late October; details forthcoming.

The Document Academy fosters a multidisciplinary space for experimental and critical research on the document in the widest sense, drawing on scholarship, traditions, and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and from diverse fields, such as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies. DOCAM originated as a co-sponsored effort by the Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromso, Norway, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley.

DOCAM 2018 is the 15th annual meeting of the Document Academy, an international network of scholars, artists, and professionals in various fields, who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic, and professional work.

Please check also the website:

And the Facebook page:

1st Winter School in Law and Humanities: “The Theater and the Dome”

Within the Law and Humanities Program Roma Tre – Cardozo Law School

The University of Roma Tre, Law School & Cardozo Law School present

What: 1st  Winter School in Law and Humanities –  “The Theatre and the Dome. The normativity of law and the normativity of religion”

Where: Roma Tre, Law School, Via Ostiense 159 

When: 11-12 January 2018


Rome is a city where different normativities encountered and clashed in the past, and still encounter and clash today.

This first event organized in the frame of the Roma Tre-Cardozo Law and Humanities Program is a winter school that will investigate two normative languages — that of law and that of religion — , which in Rome are epitomized by two world-famous monuments: the Colosseum, which represents the secular space of rituality and representation, and St. Peter’s Dome, which represents the religious space of rituality and public representation.

The morning sessions will be devoted in particular to the discussion of the normative clashes that characterized the contemporary age, but will not be limited to this theme only: a broader dialogue between scholars specializing in law, philosophy and history will help drawing a comparison between European interdisciplinary studies on law and the Anglo-American tradition in the field of law and humanities. 

For this first edition no inscription fee is requested. PhD students or postgraduate fellows who are willing to participate should send an email to by December 10th, 2017, attaching a brief CV. Acceptance of the submissions will be notified within a week. 

JANUARY 11th, 2018 – Room 278, second floor

Morning session – H 9-13


Riccardo Chiaradonna (University of Roma Tre, Philosophy)

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, NYC  New York University Abu Dhabi)

Luca Loschiavo  (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Mariano Croce (University La Sapienza, Philosophy)

Stefania Gialdroni (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre, Law University of Torino, Philosophy)

Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre, Law) 

 Afternoon session – H 15-18

Presentation by PhD and graduate students who wish to discuss their research projects related to the interdisciplinary school.


JANUARY 12th, 2018 – Room 278, second floor

Morning session – H 9-13


Tiziana Andina (University of Torino, Philosophy)

Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino, Dept. of Philosophy)

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, NYC and NYU)

Giorgio Resta (University of Roma Tre, Dept. of Law)

Paolo Napoli (EHESS, CENJ)

Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre, Philosophy)

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre, Law University of Torino, Philosophy)

Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Afternoon session – H 15-18

Presentation by PhD and graduate students who wish to discuss their research projects related to the interdisciplinary school.


With the participation of Prof. Desmond Manderson, Australian National University

Organized and coordinated by: Angela Condello (Roma Tre, Torino) and Emanuele Conte (Roma Tre)

Exhibition in Rome: “La nave dei folli” by Patrizia Comand (until November 12th 2017)

The exhibition “La nave dei folli” (2013-2014) by Patrizia Comand, is inspired by the famous satyrical work “Das Narrenshiff” by Sebastian Brant (1494). The works will be shown at Palazzo Cipolla in Rome until November 12th 2017. A good opportunity to admire a contemporary interpretation of a work that has strongly influenced the iconography of justice over the centuries.

More information HERE.

I work therefore I am (European): A Conference on Law, Literature and Social Sciences (Brussels, 9-11 November 2017)

Metamorphosis of Labour: Social Identity, Mobilization, Integration, Representation 

International Conference 9-11 November 2017, Brussels 

All information available HERE.

In contemporary Europe, labour occupies a central position in human existence: since the industrial revolution it is the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. In a multi-level governance system like the EU, through their profession people feel recognized by the others: they are. Indeed, labour is more than a mere economic relationship, it rather pertains to an identitarian process and it is an anthropological phenomenon radically influencing human existence, a way to defend ourselves against death and, probably, what makes the difference between human beings and animals. The conference aims at analyzing labour in light of the transformation of European identity and of its interaction with the latest social, economic and political trends such as deindustrialization, pervasive enlargement of markets, digitalization and virtual relationships, social polarization and migratory fluxes. We aim to investigate the contradictions of the relation between labour and identity, such as the fact that very often labour does not produce any social integration but, on the contrary, hides forms of alienation. Moreover we aim to investigate the connection between the crisis of labour and the new forms of slavery – this particular feature is connected to mobilization. The existential role of labour in our lives – even when problematic – suggests that the humanities could help understanding why and how people need to work and to be integrated in a community. Other questions that may be explored include how the advent of competitive forces have blurred the lines between work and free time, and how they did reshape the notions of work-life balance and flexibility through the crisis.

The conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, connecting juridical, political and humanistic methodologies. Accordingly, we will organize four roundtables:

  • Philosophy and Technological Innovation
  • Politics and Civil Society
  • Law and Social Sciences
  • Literature and Cinema

The conference languages will be English and French.

Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Project I Work Therefore I am (European)

Speakers and participants 

Emiliano Acosta (Vrije University of Bruxelles), Tiziana Andina (University of Torino), Gabriele Bischoff (EESC), Roberto Ciccarelli (Journalist at Il Manifesto), Silvia Contarini (University of Paris Nanterre), Rocco Cangelosi (CIME), Georges Dassis (EESC), Virgilio Dastoli (CIME), Marc De Vos (University of Ghent), Filip Dorssemont (University of Louvain), Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino), Monica Jansen (University of Utrecht), Jean Lapeyre (Collège d’Europe – to be confirmed), Mara Santi (University of Ghent), Morag Shiach (Queen Mary University of London), Elly Schlein (European Parliament), Richard Sennett (LSE, NYU), Enrico Terrone (FMSH), Massimiliano Tortora (University of Torino), Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Ghent), Luca Visentini (European Trade Union Confederation).


Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre and University of Torino)

Tiziano Toracca (University of Torino)


European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

La Fonderie (Museum of Industry and Labour)

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!

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.



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.