Workshop on Law and Humanities at the Danish Academy in Rome (26 January 2017)

What: Law and Humanities Workshop

Where: Accademia di Danimarca a Roma, Via Omero 18

When: 26 January 2017, 4pm-7,30pm

It will be also a unique opportunity to access the seat of the Danish Academy, inaugurated in 1956 and designed by the famous architect  Kaj Fisker!




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


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. 

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

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:

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.

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”


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.


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


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:

  • [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


To read Alessio Baldini’s CV click HERE


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


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

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.

Submission of the Midterm Exam: Deadline December 1st 2016

Dear all,

we perfectly know that our Midterm Exam is a little bit unusual but don’t be afraid and use your creativity! This post has the aim to remind you what we have already discussed in class.

The Midterm Exam will consist of a sort of “competition”. The idea is to be creative, to “perform Law and the Humanities”. You can submit a photo, a drawing, a video (short! No more than 5 minutes!), a song, a poem, a novel, etc. related to the topics we have discussed in class or others. In case you are going to submit an image or a video, please remember to add a brief comment in order to explain the connection to “Law and the Humanities”. It could be even just a title, if it’s a good one. In any case, you shouldn’t write more than one page.
If you want to write something, do not write an essay but rather a novel (remember legal storytelling?) or a poem.
All materials should be sent to the email address by December 1st. If you want to submit a drawing or similar, please scan it (or take a picture) and send it via email. If your file is heavy, we suggest to use We Transfer. If it is too heavy even for We Transfer, then save it on a pendrive and bring it in class next week. You should inform us about this delayed submission.
Have fun!

Wednesday November 30, 12:00 pm: information about dual degree and the semester abroad programs at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Dear students,

if you are interested in one of the most exciting opportunities provided by our Law Departement, i.e. the dual degree and the semester abroad programs at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, you are invited to attend the Info-Session in room 278 on November 30 at 12:00 pm!



29-30 November and 1st December 2016: Stefania Gialdroni on Law and Architecture


“Rome was not the world of religion, of abstract sciences, of literature, of fine arts, because in all those fields other people could defeat it; Rome was the world of law. For law, Romans had a historical vocation, deriving from their intellectual genius, from their moral virtue, from their character, from the force and the persistency of will”. These words, pronounced by the Italian Minister of Justice Giuseppe Zanardelli during the foundation laying ceremony of the Palace of Justice (now seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation) in 1889, summarize his ideological program: to make the law one of the cornerstones of unified Italy (1861) with Rome, and especially its glorious and lay legal tradition, as its geographical as well as ideological center. During his long service as Minister of Justice, Zanardelli demonstrated his faith in law as a tool for unifying territories and people realizing two great works: the first Italian Criminal Code and the Palace of Justice

Lesson 1: The politicization of the landscape of Roma Capitale

Lesson 2: The iconography of the Italian Supreme Court

Lesson 3 (Thursday): Visit to the Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione): meeting at Piazza dei Tribunali, 10:00 am

Dear students,

the visit to the Supreme Court on Thursday December 1st is considered as a lesson.  It includes the access to the Aula Massima and constitutes therefore a unique opportunity to explore one of the most important symbols of justice in Italy. You are therefore kindly invitated to participate!


Terry Rossi Kirk, The Politicization of the Landscape of Roma Capitale and the Symbolic Role of the Palazzo di Giustizia, in “Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome: Italie et Méditerranée”, 109.1 (2006), pp. 89-114.

22-23-24 November 2016: Stefan Huygebaert on “The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted”



In the fall of 2016, the Law and Iconography classes in the Roma Tre Law and the Humanities course will be entirely devoted to The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted (De Kunst van het Recht: Drie eeuwen Gerechtigheid in Beeld), an art exhibition which opened at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium on 28 October, 2016 and will run until 5 February 2017.

We will take a virtual tour through the exhibition, following its structure from the Last Judgement as a key image in late-medieval court rooms, past other so called exempla iustitiae, inspiring images for judges, and a focus on the gruesome story of the Judgement of Cambyses, a depiction of which is one of the Groeningemuseum’s most famous art works. Following the rooms about the execution of justice in the late-medieval and early-modern cities, with abuses of law and long forgotten kinds of punishment, the class will focus on the omnipresent yet intriguing image of Lady Justice, to whom the last exhibition room is devoted. While we will work primarily with art works that are featured in the exhibition, the virtual tour and auditorium format allows us to make short excursions to Italian examples, or to those art works that simply could not be moved to the museum, either because they are an inherent part of a building, or because their seize simply does not fit the museum’s exhibition space.

Key topics that will be discussed are the close link between legal history and religion; the legitimation of judicial power through art; and the function and consequences of iconic legal imagery.


  1. Martyn, Divine Judgement, Worldly Justice, in: Huygebaert, S., Martyn, G., Paumen, V., Van Poucke, T., The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted[exhibition catalogue], Tielt: Lannoo, 2016.
  1. Kemp, From Christ to Coke: How Images become IconsOxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. (Introduction)
  1. Moore, A., & Lloyd, D. (1988). V for Vendetta: Vertigo. (specifically chapter five, pages 37-45, the first 37 pages are optional)


Stefan Huygebaert is an Art Historian (Ghent University, 2011). Since October 2012, he is preparing a PhD thesis at Ghent University, Department of History/Institute for Legal History, titled Visual idea(l)s of Law & Justice. This PhD research questions both the national character as well as the continuity and change of the visual language of law & justice in the Southern low countries and Belgium during the long nineteenth century. Since October 2015, he is a Flanders Research Fund (FWO) PhD fellow. In 2014-2015, Stefan was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, within the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law. He has published on legal and constitutional iconography and iconology, artistic revivalism and nineteenth-century art. Recently, he co-edited the exhibition catalogue The Art of Law: Three Centuries of Justice Depicted (Groeningemuseum (Bruges, Belgium) 28-10-16 – 05-02-17).


15-16 November 2016:Emanuele Conte on “Law and Buildings in Historical Perspective”

emanuele_conte_small480Dear all,

this week prof. Emanuele Conte will introduce us to the world of the relationship between law and buildings in the course of history, in order to answer to the following question: “Do things have rights?” The answer will be provided at hand of  a careful use of historical sources, archeology, and law. You will find the readings on the RomaTre e-learning platform.


Suggested readings:

F. Scoppola, I talenti nel momento della prova. Di fronte al terremoto che ha sconvolto l’Italia centrale, in “L’Osservatore romano”, 27 August 2016.

M. R. Marella, The Commons as a Legal Concept, in “Law and Critique” (2016). 

Y. Thomas, L’extrême et l’ordinaire. Remarques sur le cas médiéval de la communauté disparue , “Penser par cas”, J. Revel et J.-C. Passeron éd., Paris, EHESS, 2005, pp. 45-73.

I. Wood, Entrusting Western Europe to the Church, 400-750, in “Transactions of the Royal Historical Society”, 23 (2013),  pp. 37-73. 





s200_tyler-langeDear all,

we are very excited to announce this week’s guest speaker: prof. Tyler Lange, from the the University of California, Berkeley, will give three lectures on “Law and History” for he first time in the framework of the “Law and the Humanities” course.

You can read below a detailed description of the lectures and a lot of suggested readings. Many of them are available online, some others on the RomaTre e-learning platform. You can find further information and many links on the attached PDF file: list-of-readings-law-and-history

Nov. 8: The Uses of Medieval Legal History

This session will raise the question of why jurisprudence tends to disappear from the latter portion of intellectual histories of the early modern period. It will focus on the different aims and perspectives of history and jurisprudence. It will first discuss sites – and aims – of legal history in US academic life, a topic to be picked up on the following day. It will then reflect on the teleology implicit in the traditional philosophical destination of intellectual history courses and the alternate teleology implicit in much European legal history. It will finally explore the significance of the tension between different accounts of the European (and global) legal past, particularly with respect to the contested categories of religion, law, and modernity.

Required readings:

–Douglas Osler, “Fantasy Men,” Rechtsgeschichte 10 (2007)

–Sjoerd Griffioen, “Modernity and the Problem of Its Christian Past: The Geistesgeschichten of Blumenberg, Berger, and Gauchet,” History and Theory 55 (2016)

Optional readings:

–Glen Newey, “The Spirit of Charlemagne,” London Review of Books Blog, 5 Sept. 2016

–Helmut Coing, “English Equity and the Denunciatio Evangelica of the Canon Law,” Law Quarterly Review, 1955

Nov. 9: Religious and Scientific Truth in Legal History: Two American Historians

The second session takes up the issues raised in the previous session by discussing two very different American historians working with legal sources. Each historian operates on the basis of concepts of “revelation” and “original sin,” one more classically religious and one scientific. With respect to Richard Helmholz, the main issue will be to discuss why his latest book might be controversial in the US. His relation of legal doctrine especially to UK and to US legal practice raises the problematic possibility of the influence of “foreign laws” in common-law jurisdictions that undermines autochthonist legal histories – and may threaten some recently established rights. Dan Smail’s use of legal sources is different. Examining how litigants “consumed” justice, most recently with respect to notarial records of the seizure of assets forfeited by debtors, Smail offers us an unidealistic vision of the law grounded in inescapable human – and primate! – nature. Does anyone listen to historians of law? Is what legal historians write of any significance? How do the histories Helmholz and Smail choose to write reflect their professional locations? How do we evaluate them?

Required readings:

–R. H. Helmholz, Natural Law in Court: A History of Legal Theory in Practice, excerpt

–Daniel Lord Smail, “Psychotropy and the Patterns of Power in Human History,” (2012)

–idem, Legal Plunder (2015), excerpt

Optional readings:

–Charles Donahue, “Roman Canon Law in the Medieval English Church: Stubbs vs. Maitland Examined after 75 Years,” Michigan Law Review (1974)

–J. H. Baker, “The Origins of the ‘Doctrine’ of Consideration”

Nov. 10: Pax and pacta: Rights and Obligations from Canon Law to International Law

The final session will examine visions of global order over the long durée through a linguistic and conceptual investigation of individual freedom (both subjective contractual liberty and objective limitations on that) from Late Antiquity to the present that engages with the present-day vogue for human-rights histories. The aim is to connect with my recent research and that of other historians who have followed the concept of binding promises as it migrated from canon law to moral theology to the law of nations and beyond. If it’s clear that obligations have in some sense historically defined communities, the present significance of this is to be debated by jurists as by historians. For researchers, this may be an “einheitliches Forschungsgebiet,” but it may be one that does not lie entirely within one discipline.

Required readings:

–Peter Landau, “Pacta sun servanda. Zu den kanonistischen Grundlagen der Privatautonomie”

–Samuel Moyn, “The End of Human Rights in History,” Past & Present (2016) [or excerpt from idem, Christian Human Rights]

Optional readings:

–[Tyler Lange, Excommunication for Debt, excerpt]

–Wim Decock, “Jesuit Freedom of Contract,” TvR (2009)

–Annabel Brett, “Human Rights and the Thomist Tradition”

Presentation of a New Book on “The Merchant of Venice” (Rome, 11 November 2016)

Dear all,

William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is, as you know, probably the most studied work in the famework of the “Law in Literature” field of research. Earlier this year, a new book has been published on the real protagonist of this famous play: not Antonio (the Christian merchant) but Shylock (the Jewish moneylender). The book will be presented on Friday 11 November, 5:30 PM, at the Sala delle Conferenze – FONDAZIONE MARCO BESSO (Rome, Largo Torre Argentina 11, first floor). If you are interested, you have to book writing an email to this address:

Vittorio Pavocello (ed.), Shylock e il suo mercante, Roma: Aracne, 2016


List of contributors: Daniela Carpi, Laura Chiuselli, Anna Foa, Stefano Levi della Torre, Silvia Maiocchi, Donatella Maria Giovanna Orecchia, Giorgio Pacifici, Ugo Pacifici Noja, Ivelise Perniola, Elio Ugenti

You can read the index clicking HERE