Everybody ready for the last two classes? Francesco Crisafulli and M° Roberto Baldinelli on Law and Music!

Dear all,

the last two classes of this 2015 “Law and the Humanities” course will be devoted, as you know, to “Law and Music”. The classes will be taught by judge Francesco Crisafulli, former Co-agent of the Italian government at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the Council of Europe, in collaboration with M° Roberto Baldinelli (violinist and lawyer). These classes are open to all people interested.

They will take place, as usual, at 2:00 PM in room 3 on Wednesday (May 20th) and at 10:00 AM in room 4 on Thursday (May 21st).

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Law & music might appear as one of the most recent and less investigated frontiers of the law & literature movement. To some extent this is true. However, the interface between law and music has also been the subject of important studies in ancient times (Plato in particular), in the middle age (one of the first examples is the anonymous treatise of the fourteenth century Ars cantus mensurabilis mensurata per modus iuris) and during the twentieth century. Prominent legal scholars have written about musical estethics and musicology (Pugliatti) and at the same time several important composers and musicians have been trained in the law (among the others C. P. E. Bach, Schumann, Stravinsky, Nono).

The most important intersection between the two disciplines is represented by the theory of interpretation. Interpreting and performing a score raises a set of questions involves a range of problems not entirely different from interpreting a constitution, a statute, a regulation, or even a legal precedent. During the lectures, judge Crisafulli and M. Baldinelli will deal with these issues both from a legal and a musical perspective.


J. Frank, Words and Music: Some Remarks on Statutory Interpretation, in “Columbia Law Review”, 47.8 (1947), 1259-1278

S. Levinson-J.M. Balkin, Law, Music, and Other Performing Arts, in “U. Pa. L. Rev”, 139 (1991), 1597 ss.

Dr. Claudia Cascione on “Law and Theater”

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for the first time since 2008 the “Law and the Humanities” course will include a week devoted to “Law and Theater” also from the point of view of performance. As usual, you can find below some infos related to the next 3 classes.


Lesson 1: Law in theatrical plays

The first lesson will be focused on the interferences between law and theatre, intended as a literary genre. In this perspective, will be considered some texts by which is possible to get information about the legal dimension (and that could be considered a-technical sources of the law) and also plays in which law is the object of the tale.

The goal will be to ascertain how legal issues are faced in theatrical literary texts. The starting point will be ancient tragedy and comedy and the research will be conducted by the analysis of some plays (Seven Against Thebe, Antigone, Eumeneides, The Wasps)

Lesson 2: Law as theatrical performance

The second lesson will be focused on theatre intended as ‘performance’, analysing the similarities between legal performances and theatrical performances.

Considering theatrical plays as the object of a staging, the main goal is to understand how law can be effectively performed, how legal issues can be played, how law is transformed when it is represented in scene. In these perspective, it will be useful to analyse those plays which are based and inspired by trials, distinguishing between documentary theatre (in which there is a faithful representation of the legal dimension) and plays in which (legal) reality is mixed up with fiction.

The lecture will mainly focus on the analysis of two plays, The Crucible by A. Miller and Inherit the Wind by J. Lawrence – R. E. Lee.

Lesson 3: Law of theatre

Lastly, in analysing the interactions between Law & Theatre, the lesson will be centred on theatre’s legislation and its evolution, comparing different models of discipline. Theatres are subject, in every country, to a particular regulation that tries to combine the fundamental freedom of expression with other interests that needed to be protected, such as the public decency. Moreover, giving some basic and related acknowledgments about copyright law, we will analyse some cases and how theatrical performances entered into law courts.



N. Rogers, The Play of Law: Comparing Performances in Law and Theater, in QUTLJJ, n. 82 (2008), pp. 429-443.


Dr. Cascione’s CV: 

Dr. Claudia Morgana Cascione is a Ph.D graduated at the Law Faculty of the University of Bari, where she currently teachs Legal English.

She graduated in Law at the University of Bari in 2002, Summa cum Laude; she was awarded as the best graduated of the University of Bari, Law Faculty – 2002/2003.

Since 2002 she cooperates with the scientific and didactic activity of the Department of Private Law, University of Bari.

In 2003-2004 she followed the Post-Graduated Course in ‘European Private Law’, University of Bari.

Since 2005 she has been admitted to the Italian Bar.

In 2006 she graduated Ph.D., ‘Enviromental Law and Economy’ , University of Bari.

Since 2008 to 2010 she had a contract for research,  University of Bari (“Security interests on intangibles: comparative aspects”).

Since 2011 to 2012 she had a contract for research, University of Roma Tre (“The bounds of history and restorative justice”).

She spent several period abroad (Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford University; UC, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco; ZERP, Bremen).

She has been lecture in conferences, seminars and masters.

She participated to several research projects with national relevance.

She is member of the scientific committee of the Rivista di diritto Privato (Cacucci, Bari).

She is the author of several publications, in private and comparative law, among which a monography, chapters in books, articles, essays, notes.

No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice

nofo_textbannerNo Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice
is an international peer reviewed open-access journal that seeks to bridge the gap between law and other social and human activities and experiences.

From its establishment in 2005 as No Foundations: Journal of Extreme Legal Positivism, the journal has been a platform for innovative and wide-ranging research in the fields of critical jurisprudence and socio-legal studies.

The new name reflects our commitment to furthering interdisciplinary forms of dialogue. The emphasis on justice is meant to connect law both with its real effects on the lives of individuals and societies, and with the realm of human aspirations and ideals that cannot be easily measured or quantified.

No Foundations is published once a year. Manuscripts are initially assessed by the editors, and then sent to two anonymous expert referees for final evaluation.

More information HERE.

One of the two editors-in-chief is our guest Mónica López Lerma!

Prof. Fitzpatrick at the Law Department of the RomaTre University

Dear all,

The Human Rights Seminar Series of the RomaTre Law Department will host, next week, Prof. Peter Fitzpatrick (Birbeck School of Law, University of London). These lectures are related to the topic of Law and Philosophy and in general we warmly reccomend to participate, considering the importance of this guest. Don’t miss this opportunity!

On may 15th, also Giuseppe Campesi, Lorenzo Gradoni and Paolo Napoli will join the discussion.

12 May 2015, Aula 5, 4:00 pm

13 May 2015, Aula 5, 4:00 pm

15 May 2015, Sala del Consiglio, 2:00 pm

Click HERE to read the program.

About the Competition

Dear all,

we would like to thank you very much for all the amazing “artworks” that you submitted. You always surprise us! The avarage quality of your work is really very good. Unfortunately we need time to analyze all of them and we do not want to tell you our opinion before discussing it. For this reason, we will not elaborate any judgment before the end of May and we are thinking about telling our opinion directly during the final oral exam. In general, we think that you can be really happy with what you have done.

See you soon!


Dr. Mónica López on Law and Cinema

Dear all,

the month of May will be devoted, as you know, to “Law and Performance”. The first three classes will introduce us to the “Law and Cinema” strand!

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These three lectures explore the intersection between law and film, focusing in particular on how law and film relate to and/or influence each other and what different theories and methodologies of law and film may teach us about law and justice. In addition to studying the representation of law and justice in several films, we will explore how these representations shape or modify our legal perceptions.

Films analyzed will include: 12 Angry Men, Dirty Harry, Clockwork Orange, Anatomy of a Murder, The Matrix, Reservoir Dogs, High Heels, War Zone.

The lectures will be divided as follows:

Lecture 1: Introduction to Law and Cinema.

Lecture 2: Law, Violence and Cinema.

Lecture 3: Law, Feminism, and Cinema.

In the first class, we will examine the place of the viewer in the construction of meaning both in law and film. How do films persuade us about different ways of understanding law, justice, and the world? The class will introduce students to the main theoretical and methodological issues on law and film scholarship.

The second class will focus on the relationship between law and violence through cinema. How do we watch graphic images of violence? What kind of affective responses do they produce? What kind of judgements do they invite us to make? What sense of (in)justice do they create? Examples will include Abu Ghraib torture pictures and ISIS videos.

The third class will center on issues of gender. We will question how law and film function within broader societal practices concerning gender and sexuality. We will also analyze stereotypes and assumptions about gender roles, femininity and masculinity in both law and film.


Johnson, Rebecca & Ruth Buchanan, “Getting the Insider’s Story Out: What Popular Film Can Tell Us About Legal Method’s Dirty Secrets,” Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, vol 20 (2001): 87-110.

Young, Alison, “The Screen of the Crime: Judging the Affect of Cinematic Violence,” Social Legal Studies, vol. 18, no. 1 (March 2009): 5-22.

Mónica López’s Short Bio

Mónica López Lerma works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki. In September, she will be joining the Spanish Department of Reed College (Portland) as a Visiting Assistant Professor, where she will teach courses on film theory and law and violence.

López Lerma received a PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies from the University of Michigan. She is currently writing a monograph entitled “Sensing Justice. Aesthetics, Politics, and Law through Contemporary Spanish Cinema” (Edinburgh) and editing a volume on “Rancière and the Law” (Routledge).  She is co-editor of the journal No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice.

Click HERE to read her personal webpage

EVENT: Cinema and Human Rights at the RomaTre Film Festival (May 5th 2015)!

Dear all,

a very interesting web-doc, which tells the story of the occupation of an abandoned hotel in the area of Tor Sapienza, will open the RomaTre Film Festival at the Theater Palladium on May 5th at 20:30. Entrance is free.

The hotel has become a new home for about 700 people from many different countries who are now experiencing a common life. It is a unique occasion to think about the right to housing as a fundamental right!

RomaTre FILM Festival

You can download the entire pdf HERE: Comunicato stampa Colori Palladium

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/811800538905768/

You can also have a look at the web-doc online: http://www.4stellehotel.it/

CFP: Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference

University of Technology Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia
Dates: 9-12 December 2015
(with 9 December as a postgraduate day)

Deadline for Stream Proposals: 30 June, 2015

Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals: 30 June 2015

CFP Australiasia conference 2015Download the entire pdf HERE: __LLH_CFP_June.

Complicity is a state of being complex or involved, and no matter where we are, or what we do, law is part of our entanglement in the world. This conference will explore law’s complex relations with culture, politics and capital. It will investigate law as an accomplice, as well as law’s role in shaping (and resisting) certain problematic moral, political and material positions.

The LLH Association of Australasia invites scholarly and creative research from academics and graduate students working at the intersection of law and the humanities, whether based in legal theory or in disciplines such as literature, art, film, music, history, continental philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, visual culture, or cultural studies. Contributions may take a variety of forms from traditional academic papers to poster presentations, video, or other genres or media.

The conference invites consideration of the following questions:

• What does complicity reveal about law’s methods and modes, its affects and effects?

• How are law’s genres, narratives, processes and images complicit in the creation of particular imaginaries, materialities and practices of the everyday?

• How might we work within visual, narrative, creative and textual domains and devise strategies to reveal and counter law’s complicities, and acknowledge our own?

We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Complicities,’ and invite scholars from a range of disciplines to propose papers, complete panels and streams. Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words). Please email your abstract to llh@uts.edu.au. Please include your name and the word Complicities in the subject line.

For all conference information including on-line registration, check our web site at this address:http://llh.uts.edu.au

And for further information, contact the Co-convenors, Dr Honni van Rijswijk and Associate Professor Penny Crofts at llh@uts.edu.au