The blog of the "Law and the Humanities" course at the RomaTre University (Law Faculty) directed by Prof. Emanuele Conte. By Stefania Gialdroni and Angela Condello
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Friday, April 27, 2012
New competition: Find the good lawyer!
this course is approaching the end and I have the impression that in the Law and Literature field the negative aspects of law a& lawyers seem to prevail. This can't be really said for the field of Law and Iconography and Law and Architecture. In the first one I think that we have both positive and negative interpretations of the law and of the lawyers while in architecture the image seems to be always positive. This is certainly linked to the fact that architecture, much more then the other "humanities", is conceived to represent power and its ideal representation of justice. Does this mean that the more the artist is free, the more the image of justice seems to be a negative one?
I would like to ask you to post examples of good jurists (lawyers or judges or professors of law) in literature, cinema and iconography all over the world. I will start with the easiest example: Lawyer Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (which was also made into a very successful American movie). Someone of you could maybe try to describe the character? Both the novel and the movie are really nice.