This course introduces students to a fast-developing new area of theorising law: visual jurisprudence. Theorists of law, as with legal scholars generally, have focused traditionally on texts – both as sources of law and as sources of theoretical insight about law. This course shows how this tendency is being challenged by scholars who are turning to a wide variety of visual forms and genres in the legal context. Visuality is important for legal theory also because it is deployed in communicating law to a general audience, in structuring legal knowledge, in teaching law, in reaching agreements (via the practice of ‘graphic contracting’), and in ‘visual advocacy’ (including the use of visual evidence, settlement and negotiation films, and graphic briefs). Drawing on visual theory, and on examples of visuality in legal contexts both past and present, this interdisciplinary course introduces students to a cutting-edge new area of legal theory.
3,000-4,000 word essay