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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tomorrow: Museo Nazionale dell'alto medioevo

Dear students,
don't miss our last class! We will meet at 10:00 am in front of the Museo Nazionale dell'alto medioevo in the neighbourhood EUR: Viale Lincoln, 3, Metro EUR Palasport or EUR Fermi. See you there! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Giulia Peresso on Law and Archeology - get ready!

Dear All,

the end of this exciting and very enriching experience is (sadly - and way too early) approaching. Before drowning in a sea of tears, let me tell you that working with you was a great honor. Despite the absences due to my academic adventures, I was always with you (thanks to the help of Prof. Conte and Dr. Gialdroni) - also when physically you could not perceive my presence.

This week's classes will be devoted to a new topic, law and archeology. A young archeologist, Giulia Peresso, will be our guest speaker. A seminar will take place on Wednesday (at 2 pm, as usual) and then on Thursday she will take you to the Museo dell'Alto Medioevo - Dr. Gialdroni will give you all the details.

Please read the following summary of an introductory text that Giulia has written (I am sending you the complete pdf via email). As usual, you will also receive the additional materials on your email account.

Have fun!

The Court in the Courtyard

Starting from the information provided by the archeological documentation, combined with written sources, the lecture will focus on the transformation of political spaces in Rome, as well as on changes occurred in the conception of power itself, between Empire and Early Middle Age. A focus on archeological remains will be crucial in order to understand how much of the old system of self-representation of upper classes survives within new architectural shapes and - most interesting - how it deals with the general organization of the urban space. 

City of Hunters: squatting dynamics throughout late antiquity and Early Medieval Ages (V-XI century)

Talking about the limits of historical reconstruction a very big topic concerns the representation of lower classes, traditionally unspoken by written sources and quite invisible through the lens of archeological traces. Nevertheless, the urban space was performed mostly by these actors, and this is not something an historical study can understate.  

Giulia Peresso's CV:

Giulia was born in Rome and is currently running a Ph.D. in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Archeology at Roma Tre University.
She is currently involved (thanks to a EU Fellowship) in a project based on a campaign of documentation in the SW region of Provence, with particular attention to the city of Arles. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 15th and 16th: Open classes (Law and Music and Law and...cinema)!

Dear students,

tomorrow and the day after tomorrow (Thursday May 15th and Friday May 16th), our Law and the Humanities classes will be open to all people interested. So, feel free to invite friends, family and fellow students. 

May 15th, 10:00 am, room 4: Law and Music class by Prof.  Resta with the exceptional participation of M° Baldinelli (violin). 

May 16th, 10:00 am, room 4: We will show the videos made by some students of the 2014 Law and the Humanities class for our little "competition". The other works will be made available online on this blog and/or on our facebook page as soon as possible. Otherwise, the videos are too heavy to be uploaded but they are really good. This will be an occasion to discuss together your works and to ask questions about the course and the exams (remember that you have to register for the final oral Law and the Humanities exam as you do for any other exam). 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Giorgio Resta and Roberto Baldinelli on LAW & MUSIC

Dear all,
next week's classes will be devoted to an extremely fascinating topic: the relationship between Law and Music. Prof. Giorgio Resta (University of Bari) with the help of  M° Roberto Baldinelli (violin) will introduce us to this extremely intriguing world. Don't miss it! 

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 lecture, Prof. Resta 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.

Prof. Resta's CV
Giorgio Resta is Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy). He has received scholarships from national and international institutions (among the others the Italian Research Council, the Max Planck Gesellschaft and the International Council for Canadian Studies) and is regularly invited to lecture in foreign universities. In 2010-2011 he has been Visiting Professor at McGill University and in 2009, 2010 and 2013 at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). He is author of many articles and books, including Trial by Media as a Legal Problem. A Comparative Analysis (E.S. 2009), Le persone fisiche e i diritti della personalità (UTET, 2006), Autonomia privata e diritti della personalità (Jovene, 2005; prize Club dei Giuristi). He is co-editor of Riparare risarcire ricordare. Un dialogo tra storici e giuristi (E.S. 2012), and Karl Polanyi. Per un nuovo Occidente (ilSaggiatore, 2013); and editor of Diritti esclusivi e ‘nuovi’ beni immateriali (UTET, 2010); Giustizia e mass media. Quali regole per quali soggetti (E.S. 2010). Recently he published three essays in Law & Contemporary Problems, Tulane Eur. Civ. L. Forum, Law & History Rev. His areas of interest are comparative law, information and new technologies law, intellectual property, law & economics. He is member of the Italian Bar.

M° Baldinelli's CV
Studies and Prizes
Maturità  Classica  Leaving  Certificate
Violin  Diploma  of  the  Conservatorio  di  Musica “Santa  Cecilia” of  Rome  under the guidance  of  M° Antonio  Marchetti
Postgraduate  studies  with  Shlomo  Mintz , Herman  Krebbers , Victor  Tretiakov, Pavel Vernikov, Lenuta Ciuley  and  Franco  Gulli
Violin Diploma of Merit from the Accademia Chigiana in the class of Boris Belkin
Winner of a S.I.A.E.(Società Italiana Autori Editori) scholarship
Admission to Ruggiero Ricci’s solo class at the Universitat  Mozarteum Salzburg Chamber  Music  Diploma  of  the  Conservatorio  di  Musica “Santa  Cecilia”  of Rome in the class of Luciano Cerroni
Winner of the Y.E.S.(Young European Strings) international selection
Admission  to  the  Principal  Leader  Course  of  the  Accademia  Nazionale  di “Santa Cecilia” and  final  diploma  in  2000
Master of Arts Violin Degree (Zweite Diplomprufung) with honours from the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Ruggiero Ricci 
Second Prize at  the 4th Solo Violin Competition of the Università  Cattolica of Rome

Professional Activities
Solo  concerts  for  the  Euromusica  Festival  of  Rome , Società  del  Quartetto  di  Vercelli , Estate  Chigiana  and  Kulturreferat  der  Stadt  Kitzbuhel 

1996-2014 Collaboration with  the  Orchestra  dell’Accademia  Nazionale  di  Santa  Cecilia  also  as  Assistant  Principal. 
2000-2014 Collaboration with the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
2009 Collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra as Principal Second Violin
2007 Collaboration  with the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio as Principal Second Violin
2003-2008 Collaboration  with the Orchestra Symphonica Toscanini
2002-2005 Concertmaster ( 40% ) and Principal Second Violin of the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Anne Wagner on Law, Language and Semiotics

Dear All!

Next week our guest speaker will be Prof. Anne Wagner; she will discuss with us three very interesting (and interconnected) topics - in particular, she will focus on indeterminacy in legal language, on French Commemorative Postage Stamps as a Means of Legal Culture and Memory and (last but not least!) on the close connections between visual and legal semiotics.

Please read the three introductions Prof. Wagner would like us to read, and soon you will get more materials on your email account.

This talk is devoted to legal and linguistic accounts of the various problems with meaning that are associated with indeterminacy. This multistage dynamic is an open texture (MacCormick 1978) where central concepts or even key words are not satisfactorily defined and so lead to various possibilities of interpretation within space and time. This open texture operates at different levels. It is first visible in statutes where indeterminacy can be either voluntarily or involuntarily promoted (first level), but it is also central for judges’ legal reasoning who can decide to slightly change meanings of words/concepts or radically ‘implement’ new meanings in their ratio decidendi (second level).

Law is, by definition, the codification of modes of expression in a given society. However, its use is distinctive owing to the ways in which users apply or modify it. The shift in meaning between the product and its expression can be analysed not only within its content but also by the means of communication employed. The influence of spheres from the government and the Legal Profession is one the main issue to explore.
Consequently, understanding the respective parts of legal discourse implies the deep analysis of three kinds of interference in the work under examination: 
1)   The linguistic method used: The semantic production, the articulation of its elements as well as the formation and meaning of its terms.
2)   The method of legal conceptualisation: the analysis of the means employed to assure that the idea conforms to the implementation of the legal system under examination, and
3)   The method of socialisation: its adequacy between the intention of the production and its application.

This talk will explore the way French stamps (intermedial text) over the last two centuries reflect the problems of constructing national identity in a small country with rich and heterogeneous cultural, legal backgrounds. Commemorative stamps, almost always an intermedial discourse, demonstrates perfectly the descriptive power of the theory proposed here, at the same time as it illustrates the specific artistic creativity evident in each stamp. An analysis of word and image relations in a corpus of contemporary French stamps supports the validity of intermedial discourse and the possibility of combining them in a single commemorative stamp.

Our knowledge is now mass mediated in public spaces. More and more visible and giant advertising signs surround and even invade our environment for strict commercial benefits. The ‘invasion’ of commercial signs can be compared to a visual pollution affecting our perception, autonomy in thinking and health depending on the part of the population being considered. What is visual pollution? Can we really argue that advertising campaigns are a potential nuisance to the public, a visual distraction and a potential risk for public safety? With this new visual landscape reality, France has recently taken several steps to sustainably manage and regulate these issues. New planning rules have been set up to find a good balance between commercial and citizens’ interests. But can their interests be similar? What are the regulations set up to preserve citizen’s well-being and reduce visual pollution in our modern urban landscape? 

Prof. Wagner's CV (brief):
Anne WAGNER is an Associate Professor at the Université Lille – Nord de France. She is a research member at the Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue ( She is a Research and Adjunct Professor at China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and the Series Editor of Law, Language and Communication (Ashgate). She is President of the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law and Vice President of the Multicultural Association of Law and Language. She serves as an international jury member of the Mouton d’Or prize for Semiotica. She has been granted the French National Award of Scientific Excellence. She has lectured in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. She has extensively published research papers in the area of law and semiotics, legal translation, legal discourse analyses.