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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.


  1. Alice Borsacchi

    As a judge I tried to give an "interpretation" to the course "Law and the Humanities", with personal reflections and references to the steps that impressed me most.

    First of all, this course has been very exciting because totally different compared to the other courses of study. I especially enjoyed the parallel between the law and other disciplines. I never thought that there might be ties between the law and music, law and anthropology, law and architecture...

    Before attending this course I had a very academic vision of the law.This course has changed my understanding of the law. Prior this experience, i could think of a great book placed in an archive library to view the concept of law, now the image I have is wider and i consider the law as a link in a chain that sees all complementary disciplines and subsidiaries.

    Ours course has been a linear and progressive course, many steps impressed me muchds: starting from the first lesson, "Law and literature", with the story of Patricia Williams, where I appreciated the way in which Professor Skeel explained, talking about the third strand about the law and literature movement, that a lawyer could consider both to storytelling and both to the law and to the other aspects; only in this way it's possible to have an acutely, genuinely and deeply comprehension of the fact.

  2. Then during the lecture by Professor Conte on "Law and history / philosophy" and through the reading of the text of James Whitman, "Bring back the glory", I found myself in agreement with the statement that legal historians have a responsability related with their role in the world because they could solve the fundamental tension between truth and meaning; it's an hard task but we can underline that a correctly interpretation of history by legal historians could "bring back the glory" of the past:

    << ... We are sure we can be right about the facts.. if we get the evidence right, nobody will ever have the pleasure of proving us wrong ...>>.

    So a correctly analysis of the meaning of historical facts by law is the key to understand the deeply radicated relationship between history and law and therefore we need to learn from history and what it has to say. Avoid the mistakes of the past and gather evidence right will be the perfect method to get to the truth and the sense of the past as a function of the present and of the future ...

    About the lesson of Professor of Law and architecture Gialdroni I remember in particular the symbolism about the monument “Palazzaccio”.
    The symbolism pervades the atmosphere both inside the walls, both externally. The intent of Zanardelli had been completely realized by the architect Calderini who refused to assign a religious meaning to the building focusing only to bring to light the Roman grandeur and majesty.
    In Zanardelli mind, Palazzaccio metaphorically represents THE JUSTICE and the Unified Italy where justice would triumph.

  3. During the lessons of the Prof. Tuori i was fascinated by the explanation of the relations between the anthropology and the law.
    Very interesting was the discussion on the two major theories of anthropology: the so-called Ladder theory and the theory of the mosaic. Ladder theory focuses on the evolution that has occurred from an original base form for each company; the mosaic theory instead on the assumption of a human society characterized by different features but still uniform.

    And than about the relationship between "Law and Literature" I learned that the understanding of Aequitas and Ius Stritcum as concepts that have a strong identity between them allows us to bring the virtue of equity at the centre of debates on Ethics.

    And so in the lesson by prof. Manderson about th “Law and visual” I learned
    that any visual representation, any art and culture symbols can be an icon that can be traced back to the law and all disputes that the legal field has always generates ...

  4. And finally, in the lesson about “Law and music” by Prof. Resta whit with the cooperation of the master Enrico Polimanti it was interesting to find out during the lesson by Enrico Maria Polimanti and Giorgio Resta that two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually have strong points of contact.

    And so thank you for the wonderful experience and I hope to always carry it with me!

    Alice Borsacchi