Gardens of Justice: Critical Legal Conference 2012
2012 (English)Other (Refereed)Text
The theme for this year’s Critical Legal Conference is “Gardens of Justice”. Although the theme may be interpreted in different ways, it suggests thinking about law and justice as a physical as well as a social environment, created for specific purposes, at a certain distance from society and yet as an integral part of it. The theme also invites you to think about justice as a concrete metaphor rather than an abstract concept. Just like any ordinary garden, legal institutions affect both people working in them and people who are just passing through their arrangements.The theme “Gardens of Justice” further suggests a plurality of justice gardens that function together or that are at times at odds with each other. There are for instance well ordered French gardens, with meticulously trimmed plants and straight angles, but that also plays tricks on your perception. There are English gardens that simultaneously look natural – un-written – and well kept, inviting you to take a slow stroll or perhaps sit down and read a book. There are closed gardens, surrounded by fences, and with limited access for ordinary people. There are gardens organized around ruins, let’s call them Roman gardens, where you can get a sense of the historical past, but without feeling threatened by its strangeness. There are Japanese stone gardens made for meditation rather than movement. There are zoological gardens, where you can study all those animal species that do not have a proper sense of justice, no social contracts, no inequality and social injustice, and no legal systems. There is, indeed, the Jungle, a real or imaginary place outside the Gardens of Law.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 136 p.
Critical Legal Studies
Law and Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-183509ISBN: 978-91-637-1499-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-183509DiVA: diva2:911942
Program och abstracts till, CRITICAL LEGAL CONFERENCE 2012, STOCKHOLM, 14-16 SEPTEMBER, 2012
QC 201603172016-03-142016-03-142016-03-22Bibliographically approved