NEWS & EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENT --
NOVEMBER 9, 2006
ANDREW DELBANCO: "MELVILLE, OUR
Villanova Law School
Villanova University School of Law and
Villanova University Department of English will
be sponsoring the Inaugural Lecture of the Law and
Literature Series at Villanova University.
On Thursday, November 9, 2006, at 4 p.m.
in the Augustine Center's Room 300, Andrew Delbanco, Levi
Professor in the Humanities and Director of American Studies at
Columbia University will speak on "Melville, Our Contemporary."
Andrew Delbanco, Levi Professor in the
Humanities and Director of American Studies at Columbia
University, is the author of many books, including The Death
of Satan: How Americans
Have Lost the Sense of Evil, Required Reading: Why Our American
Classics Matter Now, The
Puritan Ordeal and, most recently, Melville: His World
and Work. His
articles and review have appeared in the New York Review of
Books, the New Republic,
the Times Literary Supplement (London) and the New
York Times Book Review.
The Inaugural Lecture begins a
collaboration between the School of Law and the Department of
English that will bring to Villanova's campus leaders in the
field of law and literature for an ongoing series of lectures,
symposia, and workshops.
UPCOMING EVENT --
OCTOBER 29, 2006
THE NEW EXCEPTIONALISM: LAW &
LITERATURE SINCE 9/11
October 29, 2006
Cardozo Law School
This important interdisciplinary symposium
will be held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva
University, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10006 on Sunday
October 29, 2006. Proceedings will be published in Law and
Literature (University of California Press). Symposium
participants will speak on topics including discourses on
“terror,” emergent cultural stories in immigration and asylum
litigation, the naturalization of torture and other technologies
of investigation, and the rewriting of criminal procedure and
civil rights beyond the margins.
The symposium is sponsored by Benjamin N.
Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, Law and
Literature, and the Law and Humanities Institute.
Confirmed speakers are:
Simon Critchley, Philosophy, New School for Social
Simon Gearey, Law, Birkbeck College, London University
Peter Goodrich, Law, Cardozo/Yeshiva University
Ruth Miller, History, University of Massachusetts, Boston
John Parry, Law, Lewis and Clark University
Penelope Pether, Law, Villanova University
Nina Philadelphoff-Puren, English, Monash University,
Joseph Pugliese, Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie
University, Sydney, Australia
Anupama Rao, History, Barnard College
Michel Rosenfeld, Law, Cardozo/Yeshiva University
Renata Salecl, Law, London School of Economics
Adam Thurschwell, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law
Penelope Pether, General Editor, Law and
Professor of Law
Villanova University School of Law
(610) 519 7060
SHAKESPEARE & THE LAW
July 9-11, 2007
The University of Warwick will be hosting a
conference about Shakespeare and the Law in July 2007. Some of the
speakers include Professors Peter Goodrich, Germaine Greer, Harry
Keyishian, B.J. Sokol, Richard Weisberg, Jonathan Bate, and Daniela
Carpi. From the
The University of Warwick will host an
international conference on Shakespeare and the Law from 9-11 July 2007
in association with Warwick Law School and The Capital Centre
partnership between The University of Warwick and the Royal Shakespeare
Company. The conference will provide a unique forum for scholarly
discourse between the major humanities disciplines of law, literature
and the performing arts. Confirmed speakers include several leading
figures in Shakespearean Scholarship, theatre and the field of law and
Google now has a searchable online collection of
all of Shakespeare's works. It is called
LAW & LITERATURE WORKS
ABOUT SPECIFIC WRITERS
Need a list of works
about Shakespeare and the law? Or about Kafka's The
Trial? Do you need to find legal scholarship
about Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Faulkner, or others?
If so, then you'll
find our new
to be quite handy. This bibliography is of law and
literature works about specific writers, organized by writer
name and by literary work.
LAW & LITERATURE: A LIST OF WORKS
LAW & HUMANITIES RESOURCES WEB PAGE
April 23, 2006
is now up and running. We are planning to create a useful
repository of resources for teaching and researching in law and
Right now, we have
created links to law
& humanities course syllabi
that are on the Internet. Please
me with your law & humanities syllabus (the link or a
PDF/Word copy) and I'll add it to the page.
We hope to be expanding
the resources page to include a variety of other resources.
We welcome any ideas and assistance in this endeavor.
HARVARD BLOGGING CONFERENCE
Harvard Law School
Friday, April 28, 2006
Next week, Harvard
Law School is holding a conference entitled
Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming
Paul Caron (law, Ohio
(and king of the
Caron blogging empire)
has put together a terrific array of speakers, including
well-known bloggers such as Eugene Volokh, Glenn Reynolds, Ann
Althouse, Orin Kerr, Larry Ribstein, Michael Froomkin, Christine
Hurt, Daniel Solove, Larry Solum, Ellen Podgor, Doug Berman,
Howard Bashman, Paul Butler, and many more.
A group of
bloggers, including Daniel Solove, will be hanging around for a
bloggers-meet-readers event that Eugene Volokh is organizing for
Thursday, April 27th at 9PM. Eugene Volokh has the details
along with a list of bloggers who plan to attend.
CALL FOR PAPERS & PANEL CHAIRS
Rights, Ethics, Law & Literature:
An International Colloquium
July 6-8, 2007
School of Law, Wales
Swansea University in South Wales are co-sponsoring a very
exciting Rights, Ethics, Law and Literature International
Colloquium at the School of Law of Swansea University on Friday
July 6- Sunday July 8, 2007.
colloquium aims to bring together scholars expert in the
intersections between law, literature, ethics and rights, to
further debate on matters of current social, political and
ideological importance. The interdisciplinary nature of the
colloquium is intended to foster new perspectives on current
concerns in the fields of ethics and rights.
Professor Melanie Williams has made a call for papers
and panel chairs, and she proposes the following subjects:
interdisciplinary approaches to post-colonial debates, identity
and alienation, gender, aesthetics, popular culture, rhetoric
and narrative, history, politics and science.
is located on the beautiful coast of South Wales in the UK, and
Swansea is known as the home of the poet Dylan Thomas. Wales is
a home to the art and science of rhetoric, justice, and rights.
For further details of this colloquium please contact Professor
Melanie Williams at email:
Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor on Appeal:
Did Billy Receive a Fair Trial?
NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street
Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York,
and The Law and Humanities Institute, present the appeal of
Billy Budd’s capital sentence.
continues a tradition at the New York City Bar of debating and
“adjudicating” great stories about the law. Billy Budd,
Sailor, by Melville, whose last decades were spent in this
City—and whose Bartleby, the Scrivener is set in a Wall
Street law firm—challenges all thoughtful lawyers to ponder
perennial issues of authority and conscience. Among the
issues presented by the story is whether and how far legal
procedure may justly be modified in times of war, an issue alive
and important today in connection with the “war on terror.”
impressed sailor on a British Naval warship during the
Napoleonic Wars, was tried and convicted by a drumhead court for
the capital offense of striking the master-at-arms, a superior
officer who had malevolently and falsely accused Billy of
sedition. But did the captain, who convened the court and acted
as prosecutor, corruptly manipulate the legal process to secure
a conviction? Or was Billy’s conviction and capital sentence
amply justified by the wartime conditions and the fear that
leniency would threaten military discipline and the further
conduct of the war? These are a few of the questions explored
by this mock appeal of Billy Budd’s capital sentence.
RICHARD WEISBERG, Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional
Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, and author of:
How Judges Speak: Some Lessons on Adjudication in Billy
Budd, Sailor with an Application to Justice Rehnquist, 57
N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1 (1982)). This program was designed by Clifford
James, who represents Billy on appeal, and Prof. Weisberg.
panel of judges will hear Billy’s appeal including both sitting
and retired trial and appellate judges, practicing lawyers,
academics, and journalists.
of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
CONBOY, former U.S. district court judge for the Southern
District of New York, and now at Latham & Watkins LLP
HON. GEORGE C.
PRATT, former U.S. judge of the Second Circuit Court of
Appeals and U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District
of New York, and now at Farrell Fritz, P.C.
HON. JED S.
RAKOFF, sitting U.S. district court judge for the Southern
District of New York
ROTHSTEIN, Critic at Large for The New York Times
ELAINE SCARRY, Professor of English at Harvard University
SCHMIDT, JR., former dean of Columbia Law School and
President of Yale University, currently Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of The City University of New York
The Navy will be
represented by JEREMY G. EPSTEIN, of Shearman & Sterling
Billy will be
represented by CLIFFORD JAMES, who has his own practice
LAW & LITERATURE JOURNAL: FALL 2005 ISSUE
Law & Literature
17, No. 3 (Fall 2005)
Table of Contents
Peter Goodrich, Lex
Laetans: Three Theses on the Unbearable Lightness of Legal
Joseph Brooker, Satire
Bust: The Wagers of Money
Secondary Satire and the Sea-Change of Romance: Reading William
Shakespeare's The Tempest
Paul Raffield, A
Discredited Priesthood: The Failings of Common Lawyers and Their
Representation in Seventeenth Century Satirical Drama
Björn Quiring, A
Consuming Dish: Supplementing Raffield
Michèle Lowrie, Slander
and Horse Law in Horace, Sermones 2.1
Satura Resartus: Living in the Woods with Bears
August 12, 2005
LHI is now
sponsoring a new blog, called the
& Humanities Blog. Please check it out,
bookmark it, and begin visiting. The blog is in its
infancy, and we hope that it will blossom over time into a
useful resource for those interested in the intersection between
law and the humanities. Posts will be sporadic for the
time-being, but will hopefully become more regular within the
next few months.
August 11, 2005
LHI now has a
website. If you're reading this, you've found it.
This website is still under construction, but hopefully will be
up and running soon. Please check back for the latest news
and events of LHI.