13-14-15 April: Stefan Huygebaert on Law and Iconography

Dear all,

next classes will be devoted to legal iconography and the first class will deal with one of the most beloved topics of the “Law and the Humanities” course: the iconography of Lady Justice! Here a detailed description:

Legal iconography: an introduction

Stefan Huygebaert, Ghent University

Willem Jacobsz. Delff, Robert de Baudous, Maria Strick-Becq, Justice before the judgement of Zaleucus and Cambyses, ca 1600 (detail), Rijksmuseum

Willem Jacobsz. Delff, Robert de Baudous, Maria Strick-Becq, Justice before the judgement of Zaleucus and Cambyses, ca. 1600 (detail), Rijksmuseum

First class: Icon and iconoclasm of Justice

The first class of this introduction to legal iconography deals with what might be one of the best known personifications in Western art and/or iconographic history. Justice, Justitia, Lady Justice,… the often blindfolded lady with balance & sword is omnipresent in today’s world of law, and its courthouses, law books, law faculty buildings, newspaper websites and even the bodies of (ex-)convicts. Because of her ubiquitous nature, she became an icon – or as an icon, she became ubiquitous. In this class, we will discuss how this omnipresence came to be, by looking at the origins of both the figure of Justice and her attributes, by interpreting their iconography as symptoms of an underlying legal culture, and by analysing both the general icon of Justice as well as a specific case of Pomeroy’s Justice on the Old Bailey in London.  Continue reading “13-14-15 April: Stefan Huygebaert on Law and Iconography”

7-8 April: Mario De Caro on Law and Social Sciences

alimenti-per-il-cervelloDear all,

next week we will be introduced to the relationship between Law and Social Siences by Prof. Mario De Caro, RomaTre University, Philosophy Department (Dipartimento di filosofia, comunicazione e spettacolo)

The topics will be:

1.  “Are freedom and responsibility real?”. Many philosophers and scientist challenge nowadays the intuitive belief that normal human beings have free will, responsibility, and self-control. We’ll critically analyze their arguments.

2. “Retributive and utilitarian views of punishment in the age of neuroscience”. Today numerous scholars argue that, because of the extensive results that arrive from science regarding our cognitive and moral faculties, we should drastically change our views about punishment. We’ll discuss and assess those proposals.

You can read Prof. De Caro’s CV here: ENGLISH CV Revised De Caro

A question on Law and Architecture

30113After having visited the Italian Supreme Court building and the monument dedicated to Camillo Cavour, could you provide other examples of monuments that have a peculiar relationship with law and justice and that were built in the same period? You can take into account monuments located all over the world, but they have to be built (or at least designed) during the 19th century.