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Friday, August 16, 2013

BOOK & LECTURE: Gary Watt on Law & Fashion in History

Gary Watt, DressLaw and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).

More information HERE

Why are civil authorities in so-called liberal democracies affronted by public nudity and the Islamic full-face ‘veil’? Why are law and civil order so closely associated with robes, gowns, suits, wigs and uniforms? Why is law so concerned with the ‘evident’ and the need for justice to be ‘seen’ to be done? Why do we dress and obey dress codes at all? In this, the first ever study devoted to the many deep cultural connections between dress and law, the author addresses these questions and more. His responses flow from the radical thesis that ‘law is dress and dress is law’. Engaging with sources from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, Carlyle, Dickens and Damien Hirst, Professor Watt draws a revealing history of dress and civil order and offers challenging conclusions about the nature of truth and the potential for individuals to fit within the forms of civil life.

Advance review: “In a finely fluent and eruditely entertaining fashion, Dress, Law and Naked Truth provides a radical revival of the philosophy of clothes for common lawyers. Watt's sartorial jurisprudence draws upon the rich history and homology of costume and custom, livery and law, body art and habeas corpus, to show that the social contract could never be nudum pactum because habit is of the essence of law.” – Professor Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law and Director of Law and Humanities, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York.

Professor Watt will deliver a lunch-time lecture based on the book at Duke Law School on Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:15pm (Law School 3043). 

For more information, please contact Dian Shaw at or Stefanie Kandzia at

Friday, May 10, 2013


Dear students,
as you already know, some of you asked to anticipate the final exam on May 17th, due to the fact that Lorna Hutson cannot come to Rome anymore. Unfortunately, as the final exam was already scheduled on the 22nd of May, this change could have been possible only if everyone agreed. As this is not the case, I confirm the previous schedule: the exam will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of May at 2:00 pm in room 3. Neverthless, you have to register for the final oral exam (which will be quite informal) which will take place on the 7th and 24th of June and on the 24th  of July 2013 (as you can read here: and also on the 10th and 27th of September 2013 (as you can read here:
To sum up:
1) The final written exam will take place on the 22nd of May 2013 but, if you cannot come on the 22nd of May, it is your right to take the written exam during the others, official dates available. The fact that you can take the exam on the 22nd of May should be an advantage for you, in order to conclude the course and concentrate on other exams.
2) As in this course we already have many ways to "judge" you (attendance, blog, power point and final exam), the final oral exam will be reduced to a quite informal chat. In this occasion, we will tell you your grade and register it (verbalizzazione). Anyway, as you can understand, you have to register on one of the "official" dates and come to have this brief conversation with us.
3) The final written exam consists in a list of questions, AT LEAST one on each topic of the course (Law and literature, Law and history, etc.). You will have to choose two question to answer and you will have 90 minutes time to do it. No vocabulary is admitted. This means that, in theory, you could just prepare 2 topics but, of course, my suggestion is to study more than 2 topics (the readings are fundamental) in order to have the possibility to choose among the questions more freely.

I hope everything is clear. See you on Wednesday May 15th for other questions....that will be the last class before the exam.

Monday, May 6, 2013


Dear all,
on Thursday and Friday (as usual at 10:00 am, room 4), Prof. Giorgio Resta (University of Bari) and M° Enrico Maria Polimanti (professional pianist) will introduce us to the very special topic of Law and Music, with particular focus on the similarities between legal and musical interpretation.


The reading is avalable online and, guess what, the author is prof. Manderson!

Enrico Maria Polimanti's CV:
Enrico Maria Polimanti was born in Rome in 1969. He studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and at the Royal College of Music in London, and has performed as soloist and in chamber ensembles for many concert seasons and music festivals, playing a wide range of traditional repertoire but also works by lesser-known composers such Lodovico Giustini and Hyacinthe Jadin. He has played programmes dedicated entirely to Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Debussy. Several composers have also written works for him, one of whom is Francesco Giammusso, whose Piano Concerto he performed in Paris with the Orchestre Internationale de la Cité
Mr Polimanti’s recordings for the labels Tactus and Naxos gained recognition by the critics in Italy and abroad (5 stars The Listerner and Musica) and his performances have been broadcast in Italy (Radio 3, V Canale della Filodiffusione, Radio Vaticana, RAI 3), France, Romania and Austria. Engaged in the diffusion of musical culture, he regularly gives lectures and lecture- concerts in various schools, associations and universities both in Italy and abroad. Enrico Maria Polimanti has translated into Italian Charles Rosen’s Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas and Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger’s Chopin vu par ses élèves. His essay The Earth has many keys, which analyzes the works of five Italian contemporary composers based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson has been selected for the American Literay Scholarship (Duke University Press).

Giorgio Resta's CV:Giorgio Resta is Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Bari, Italy (since 2002) and former Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University (2010-2011). He is the author of three books and several essays on personality rights, contracts, torts and intellectual property in comparative perspective. His first book “Autonomia privata e diritti della personalità” has been selected as one of the 10 best legal books of the year 2005 by the “Istituto Sturzo – Club dei giuristi”; the second, co-authored with Guido Alpa, is part of the prestigious Treatise of Italian Civil Law, directed by Rodolfo Sacco. His last book, in English, was published in 2009 with the title “Trial by Media as a Legal Problem: A Comparative Analysis”.
He edited two books (the last one concerns the New intellectual property rights and the Numerus Clausus Principle) and the Italian translation of Hesselink’s “New European Legal Culture”; he also co-edited with Guido Alpa a casebook on Contracts Interpretation. In 2008 he served as a member of the scientific board of the Legislative Committee for the reform of third book of Italian Civil Code, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Justice; currently he serves as legal counsellor at the Ministry of Justice. He is member of the Italian Association of Comparative Law, the Italian Association of Law & Literature and co-director of the law series “Interferenze” (published by Editoriale Scientifica). He has been granted scholarships from the International Council for Canadian Studies, the Max-Planck-Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht (Hamburg, Germany), the Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum (Munich, Germany), the European Commission and the Italian Research Council. He has been invited to lecture and deliver conferences in foreign Universities, such as the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), the Duke Law School (USA), the University of Bremen, and the University of Toronto. He studied, as a visiting scholar, in several Universities, such as the Yale Law School, the Duke Law School, the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich, Germany), and the University of Cologne. In 1995 he graduated with magna cum laude from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 1999 he received his PhD in Private Law from the University of Pisa. He is member of the Italian Bar.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


MIDTERM EXAM: Power point groups
Dear students,
as you already know, you will have to prepare a power point presentation for your Midterm Exam, which will take place on May 2nd, 3rd and 5th. Each group will have 45 minutes time. The list below should be correct but do not worry if I forgot something: I know you are ready for the exam so, if I put one person in the wrong group, just tell me about that tomorrow.

May 2nd: group 1 and 5 (yes 5!)
1. Abdoul Zamil Zeenath
2. Aller Federica
3. Bordoni Francesco
4. Borsacchi Alice
5. Sobel Isabel Gail*

1. Luft Niklas
2. Marcantonio Marika
3. Merlini Edoardo
4. Michalczyk Angelika
5. Mottironi Camilla
6. Nobili Diana Oro
7. Serranti Marco

May 3rd, group 2 and 3
1. Brocco Gianluca
2. Cecconi Diana
3. Chiaramonte Emilia
4. Cicchelli Nicola
5. Colaninno Andrea Nicolas
6. Shair Maya Sivan
7. Pikata Agnieszka

1. Coronas Ylenia
2. D'Agostino Vincenzo Gabriele
3. De Carlo Irene
4. Di Lorenzo Roberta
5. Di Patrizio Matteo
6. Disario Alessandro
7. Formose Mailys

May 8th: group 4 and 6
1. Kulik Katherine??
2. Lombardi Chiara
3. Lotito Chiara
4. Lucidi Mariolina

1. Renda Francesco
2. Lewis Salomé
3. Lopez Timothy
4. Toschi Eva

+ Nédée Karolein (in which group?)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Dear students,
starting from Friday April 12th, prof. Desmond Manderson (Australian National University) will give a series of lectures on Law and the Visual. You can find below the list of images and readings: enjoy!

It is a puzzle why we seem to turn a blind eye to how law is imagined, represented, and challenged in other cultural forms.  Very little attention has yet been paid, for example, to law as it is represented or constituted in images.  Law imagines itself to be resolutely hermetic, textual and linguistic.  Yet our cultures are saturated in the images and icons of art - privileged forms for the transmission and interrogation of social and institutional norms for millenia.  And visual media and mediations increasingly dominate our experience in the 21st century.  The lawyers and jurists of the future will have to be sophisticated viewers and critics of all sorts of visual discourses. These seminars take a first step at understanding important historical and conceptual aspects of law from just that point of view.

SEMINAR OUTLINE AND READINGS (pay attention: some readings are compulsory, some others are additional) 

12th Apr. The cultural representation of law – introduction and methodology
Required: Costas Douzinas, Law and the Image
Additional: Desmond Manderson, Desert Island DisksNicholas Kasirer, Larger Than Life

17th Apr. The blinding of justice
Images: Albrecht Durer, Sol Justitiae (1499); and from Sebastien Brant, Ship of Fools (1494), Lucas Cranach, The Law and the Gospel (1529), Pieter Brueghel, Justice from the Seven Virtues (1559)
Required: Judith Resnik, Representing Justice
Additional: Martin Jay, Must Justice be Blind?Peter Goodrich, Evidence of Things Unseen

18th Apr. Spectacle and the Sovereign
Images: Abraham Bosse/Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651), Marcus Gheerhaerts the Younger, The Ditchley Portrait (1592), Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV (1701) and Chateau de Versailles
Required: Louis Marin, Portrait of the King
Additional: Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

19th Apr. Representing and representation: Colonialism and the rule of law
Images: Governor Arthur’s Proclamation (1828), Ngurrara Canvas (1997), Rafael Cauduro, Murales, Suprema Corte de Justicia (2010)
Required: Kirsten Anker, The Truth in Painting
Additional: Stephen Ryan, The Cartographic Eye

24th Apr. Sovereignty Revivat?
Images: T. O’Sullivan, Harvest of Death (1863) in A. Gardner, Sketchbooks of the War (1866) Frank Hurley, Dawn at Passchaendale (1917) Game Box, Six Days at Fallujah (2009)
Required: Richard Sherwin, Visualizing the Neo-Baroque
Additional: Desmond Manderson, Three episodes from the scopic regime of sovereigntyNicholas Mirzoeff, Invisible Empires 

Professor Desmond Manderson is an international leader in interdisciplinary scholarship in law and the humanities. He is the author of several books including From Mr Sin to Mr Big (1993); Songs Without Music: Aesthetic dimensions of law and justice (2000); Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law (2006); andKangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law—The legacy of modernism (2012). His work has led to essays, books, and lectures around the world in the fields of English literature, philosophy, ethics, history, cultural studies, music, human geography, and anthropology, as well as in law and legal theory. Throughout this work Manderson has articulated a vision in which law's connection to these humanist disciplines is critical to its functioning, its justice, and its social relevance. After ten years at McGill University in Montreal, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Law and Discourse, and was founding Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, he returned to Australia to take up a Future Fellowship in the colleges of law and the humanities at ANU. 

Tomorrow and the Day after Tomorrow

Dear students,
on Wednesday and Thursday you will be asked to answer some questions about the course. The idea is to understand what you think about the course, not to test your knowledge. The questionnaire will include a text that you will have to analyze according to what you understood about the law and the humanities field of study. We will then discuss together your answers. It is not an exam but just a way to sum up!
See you tomorrow

Monday, April 8, 2013

CONFERENCE ON LAW AND ARCHITECTURE (Aix-Marseille University, 11-12 April 2013)

What: « Droit et architecture » reconsidérer les frontières disciplinaires, leurs interactions et leurs mutations

Where: Faculté de droit et de science politique Aix-en-Provence - Amphi Favoreu (entrance free)

When: 11-12 April 2013 

More information here

Saturday, March 30, 2013

STEFANIA GIALDRONI on Law and Literature

Statue of Portia, University of Michigan (Martha Cook building)
Dear all, next week we will analyse “the Shakespearean play most closely linked in the popular mind with law”, THE very classic of the Law and Literature studies: "The Merchant of Venice". The play will give us imputs to think about some important legal issues and to better unserstand the perception of key legal problems in a certain historical period. To sum up, we will use the MOV to ask questions rather then give answers.
On Friday April 5th there will be no lesson.
Brief Outline:The lesson will be focused on the following questions:
1) What was the role of Jewes in 16th/17th century Europe? /What does it mean not to be admitted in a community?
2) What was the discipline of usury? / What does usury mean?
3) What was the relation between law and equity in Shakespeare’s England? / What does equity mean?
4) Is the procedure described in the play historically accurate? Is it important?

D.J. Kornstein, Fie Upon your Law!, in “Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature”, 5.1 (1993): A Symposium Issue on “The Merchant of Venice”, pp. 35-56.
Suggested reading (not compulsory!)
Forthcoming: S. Gialdroni, La clausola penale tra finzione e realtà. Il caso limite di Shylock alla prova del diritto veneziano, del diritto comune e del common law, in La pena convenzionale nella prospettiva storico-comparatistica (Collana del centro di eccellenza in diritto europeo - G. Pugliese), Napoli: Jovene, 2013.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

MIDTERM EXAM:Power point groups

Dear students,
as you already know, you will have to prepare a power point presentation for your Midterm Exam. As the number of students has changed since the beginning of the course, you have been devided into 6 groups of 7 students. Each group will have 45 minutes time. You have to freely choose a topic but you have to inform me and prof. Conte about it 2 weeks before the presentations (by April 18th), which will take place on May 2nd, 3rd and 5th. You have all the emails of your collegues in the mailing list I use to send you the materials but if you have any problem in getting in touch with someone please contact me. Of course we remain at your disposal for any kind of question. Ah! Have a nice , even if short, Easter Break!

May 2nd: group 1 and 5 (yes 5!)
1. Abdoul Zamil Zeenath*
2. Aller Federica
3. Antuofermo Mattia (?)
4. Apreda Alex
5. Bordoni Francesco
6. Borsacchi Alice
7. Sobel Isabel Gail*

1. Luft Niklas*
2. Marcantonio Marika
3. Merlini Edoardo
4. Michalczyk Angelika
5. Mottironi Camilla
6. Nobili Diana Oro
7. Serranti Marco

May 3rd, group 2 and 3
1. Brocco Gianluca
2. Cecconi Diana
3. Chiaramonte Emilia
4. Cicchelli Nicola
5. Colaninno Andrea Nicolas
6. Shair Maya Sivan*
7. Pikata Agnieszka*

1. Coronas Ylenia
2. D'Agostino Vincenzo Gabriele
3. De Carlo Irene
4. Di Lorenzo Roberta
5. Di Patrizio Matteo
6. Disario Alessandro
7. Formose Mailys

May 8th: group 4 and 6
1. Frattini Francesca Romana
2. Hamer Sigrid*
3. Kulik Katherine*
4. Lombardi Chiara
5. Loricchio Angela
6. Lotito Chiara
7. Lucidi Mariolina

1. Pelino Alissa
2. Pompei Martina
3. Renda Francesco
4. Lewis Salomé
5. Lopez Timothy
6. Strazza Giordana
7. Toschi Eva

Sunday, March 24, 2013

KAIUS TUORI on Law and Anthropology

Illustration for TIME by Olaf Hajek

Dear students,
next week will be devoted to the issue of Law and Anthroplogy, with prof. Kaius Tuori from the University of Helsinki.
Legal anthropology attempts to give a different view of law.  Through the examination of culture and tradition, legal anthropology has studied both the traditional others, such as indigenous peoples, as well as more familiar subjects such as Western lawyers. The lectures offer three viewpoints of law and anthropology, the first historical, the second and third contemporary. The historical part examines how lawyers and anthropologists struggled to study societies without law, whereas the second illustrates the tensions between traditionalism and the modern human rights discourse. The final instalment discusses the rights of indigenous peoples through the issue of land tenure.  
Class Schedule
1) Legal Anthropology: Disputes and Culture
2) Claiming Rights Against Tradition: Activism in and around Science
3) How the Natives Lost Their Land: Customary Land Tenure and Colonialism
Each class consists of two parts: a) an introductory lecture, followed by a discussion, and b) a case study involving the reading material and discussion.
1) Bronislaw Malinowski, ‘Primitive Law and Order’, Nature 117 (1926), pp. 9-16 
2) Sally Engle Merry and Rachel E. Stern, ‘The Female Inheritance Movement in Hong Kong: Theorizing the Local/Global Interface’, Current Anthropology 46 (2005), 387-409.
3) Pauline Peters, ‘Challenges in Land Tenure and Land Reform in Africa: Anthropological Contributions’, World Development 37 (2009), pp. 1317–1325.

Prof. Tuori's CV
Dr. Kaius Tuori holds a doctorate in Law and a M.A. in History from his studies at the universities of Helsinki, Finland, and La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. His research interests include legal history, Roman law, legal anthropology, and classical archaeology. In his work on intellectual history he has studied how modern law affected the history of ancient Roman law during the nineteenth century and how American Legal Realism influenced the study of early law during the mid-20th century. Currently he is finishing a book project on the early history of legal anthropology. He is now Academy of Finland Research Fellow. His work has been published in the Journal of Legal Pluralism, Law, Culture and the Humanities, The Journal of Legal History, Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquite and the Legal History Review.


I have received, and really pleased to publish, this research on representations of Lady Justice all around the world that a group of students of the Law and the Humanities 2013 class has just sent me. The paper was attached to the following email:
"We decided to adress further more the issue on Lady justice. This is our group work. Hopefully it will be so interesting for you as it was for us. Our idea was to publish it on the blog, but for the length of the text and for the images, we decided to send it.
However we would like to read it the rest of our classmates.
Good Sunday!
Your students"
I think it should definetly be published (click on read more at the end of this post: there are a lot of pictures and interesting information).



1. Following the artist’s brush; 2. The united stated supreme court’s lady justice; 3.Lady justice statue on the central criminal court of England, London (called old bailey); 4. The fountain of justice, Gerechtigkietsbrunnen; 5. Lady justice fountains in Germany: Nuremberg & Frankfurt; 6. Brasilia: the flowing lady; 7. Australia: court of Brisbane & Victorian court; 8. The lady justice in France: lady legal code; 9. The lady justice in Japan: the titan lady; 10. Ottawa: the lady with two-edged sword; 11. Lady justice in Czech; republic: the power of law; 12. Concluding with the Italian justice experience
Federica Aller

Gianluca Brocco

Diana Cecconi

Nicola Cicchelli

Ylenia Coronas

Roberta Di Lorenzo

Marika Marcantonio

Edoardo Merlini

Diana Oro Nobili
Francesco Renda
Lady Justice is a symbol that represents Justice as a divine concern. Since the ancient Greece period, justice is considered not a simple value, but a supreme governing principle of human society. In fact Dike was one of the three Horai, mythical and divine personification of the seasons by the Greeks. The Horai had the function to subtract the human becoming arbitrariness and disorder. The concept of order refer the names of three Horai: Dike (justice); Eunomia (good governance); Irene (peace). They were daughters of Zeus and Themis. The Romans became 12, as the division of the day. Dike is the justice of the State, which was called Iustitia by the Latins. But the Roman Iustitia is different from the Greek Themis. She’s also a goddess of justice, but justice of single man: the sense of justice in each of us (Inside Justice). Similar to Iustitia is instead Dike, also called Astrea. About this there is a source in Le Opere e I Giorni, written by Esiodo, a Greek ancient poet lived during the VIII-VII centuries. He says that there was a gold ilk before. Men lived as the gods: they didn’t know the old age, but they remained intent on banquets and parties. When was the time to die, they gently feel asleep. People did not have to work and the goods belong to all spontaneously. So talked about Golden Age: this was the reign of justice and peace. But with the following Reign of Zeus, also called the Iron Age, disappeared this breed. Then the men were prey of emptiness: Victa iacet pietas, et Virgo caede madentes, ultima caelestum, terras Astraea reliquit (Won lies the pity, and the Virgin Astrea leale the last of the land drenched in blood), Ovidio, Metamorfosi, I, vv. 149-150. So the crimes of humanity did escape Iustitia and forced to leave the Land, refuges herself in the sky, where she became the constellation Virgo. And Astrea is, in fact, the name of Virgo constellation. Also Virgilio talk about Astrea as a virgin, in his fourth eclogue of the Bucoliche: (vv. 5.7): magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo. Iam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna; iam nova progenies caelo demittitur ab alto (Already the Virgins returns, the reign of Saturn returns; already the new progeny descends from heaven).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bring a document with you tomorrow!

Bring a document with you to enter the Supreme Court. They may ask your idcard or passport.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A question on Law and History

Dear all,
can you explain the meaning of the title of James Whitman's article "Bring back the glory!"? What does prof. Whitman think about the role and development of legal historical studies?
I remind you that you can post comments about the different topics discussed using the post in which the topic is presented.

STEFANIA GIALDRONI on Law and Architecture

Dear students,
next week's classes will be devoted to the meaning and function of the Italian Court of Cassation's building, better known to the people of Rome as "il Palazzaccio". On Thursday March 21st we will visit the Supreme Course together while on Friday we will discuss your impressions and analyze the use of the building in cinema.

Temple of Justice or "Palazzaccio"? Giuseppe Zanardelli's Idea of Justice in Unified Italy


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.
Dr. Gialdroni's CV
Stefania Gialdroni graduated cum laude in 2003 from the University of RomaTre (Law faculty), where she immediately started a collaboration with Prof. Conte, the chair of Medieval and Modern Legal History. In 2004 she did an Internship at the Italian Senate and in October 2005, and after having finished her legal apprenticeship in Rome, she started the International Max-Planck Research School for Comparative Legal History (Germany). By 2005 she had obtained two scholarships from the Max-Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main (MPIER). In 2006 she started the Marie-Curie European Doctorate in History, Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy of Legal Cultures in Europe. In the framework of the European Doctorate she spent one year (2006-2007) as a visiting Ph.D. student at the London School of Economics (LSE) and one year as a visiting Ph.D. student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (EHESS).
On February 11th 2009 she received her Ph.D. en cotutelle between the Universities Milano-Bicocca (Private Law and History of Private Law Legal Science) and EHESS, Paris (History and Civilisations). Since 2008, she has been coordinating the course Law and the Humanities (RomaTre University), directed by prof. E. Conte. In 2011 she published her first book, based on her PhD thesis: East India Company. Una storia giuridica (1600-1708), Bologna: Il Mulino.

NOTICE: Evaluation Criteria

Dear students,
in order to answer a question that many among you asked during the first weeks of the course, I would like to inform you that you can find a complete description of the course (including evaluation criteria) on the RomaTre University wesite, both in Italian and in English (please click here).
In order to sum up, you will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1) participation both in class and on the blog. In class we will be able to evaluate your speaking and interaction skills while on the blog you will have the opportunity to share more pondered comments or little researches and thoughts.
2) Outcome of the Midterm Exam. As you already know, you will be divided into groups in order to develop a power point presentation. At the end of March we will create the groups while the midterm will take place on May 2, 3 and 8. You will probably divided into groups of 5 people. Each group will have 30 minutes to present the research. It will be a way to evaluate how you manage a group project. Anyway, we will talk about the Midterm in class. You can freely choose a topic related to Law and the Humanities: that means that you don't have to choose a topic discussed before (e.g. you can talk about Law and Cinema even if we haven't discussed the topic together).
3) Outcome of the final exam (May 20th, except for Arcadia Students), which will take place as follows: you will be asked to write two texts (1 page each) on two topics chosen  among the topics discussed during the course.
In order to get your note you will have to register for the exams as usual (June/July and September 2013). During the day of the exam, we will have a brief chat (in English!) on the course.
I remind you that, for the final evaluation, participation will be considered particularly importantas well as the final written exam.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A book in Italian for L&H lovers!

If anyone of you is able to read Italian, a very good book came out recently on our topics. It is the Italian version of a German book by Marie Theres Fögen, Il canto della legge. It is short, evocative and well written. I have asked to Libreria Le Storie to get some copies, just in case you are interested on something to read on the bus.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

EMANUELE CONTE and PAOLO NAPOLI on "Law and History/Philosophy"

Dear all,
next week's classes (March 13-14-15) will be devoted to the in-depth analysis of the interactions between Law and History by Prof. Emanuele Conte, who will focus on the role of legal historical studies from the 19th century onwards. The classes will be enriched by the participation of Prof. Paolo Napoli (EHESS, Paris), who will teach, on Friday, a class on Law and Philosophy, with particular reference to the concept of Legal Geneaology.
Suggested readings:
- James Q. Whitman, "Bring back the Glory!", in "Rechtsgeschichte", 4 (2004), pp. 74-81.
- Mathias Reimann, "Nineteenth German Legal Science", in "Boston College Law Review", 31.4 (1990), pp. 842-897, especially par. II and III.
- Michel Foucault, "Nietzsche, la généalogie, l'histoire", Hommage à Jean Hyppolite, Paris, P.U.F., coll. «Épiméthée», 1971, pp. 145-172, available online:
Prof. Conte's CV
Professor of Legal History at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre and Directeur d'etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
He graduated cum laude in 1983 at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and received his Ph.D. in Medieval Legal History at the University of Milan. He has done research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte Frankfurt am Main, and at the University of California at Berkeley.
He has held visiting professorships at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (France), the University of Paris II Panthéon (France), the University of Toulouse I (France), the University of Paris X Nanterre and the Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon. He has been visiting fellow at Berkeley University (US) and Cambridge University (Peterhouse).
He serves as a member of the board of direction of many academic journals and series in Italy, France, Spain, the UK.
He has given many papers and lectures in Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, USA, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Argentina and Spain. His books and other publications focus mainly on medieval and early modern legal history, on philology of legal texts and on the relationship between history and law in the 19th ant 20th century.
Prof. Napoli's CV
Prof. Paolo Napoli is currently Directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – EHESS, in Paris (since 2010), where he directs the Centre d'étude des normes juridiques “Yan Thomas” – CENJ. In 1987 he graduated at the Faculty of Law of the University La Sapienza (Rome), with a degree thesis on power and law in Michel Foucault’s works. He afterwards began his research on the notion of police during the modern era in Italy (CNR), France (EHESS), Germany (Max Planck Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte Frankfurt am Main) and USA (Berkley). In 1997 he received his first Ph.D in Legal philosophy at the University of Bologna and in 2002 he received a second Ph.D. in Law and Social Sciences at the EHESS (Title of the PhD thesis: La police en France à l’âge moderne (XVIII-XIX siècle). Histoire d’un mode de normativité.
He is the author of many articles and two books:
- Naissance de la police moderne. Pouvoir, normes, société, La Découverte, Paris 2003.
- Le arti del vero. Storia, diritto e politica in Michel Foucault, La città del sole, Napoli 2002.