Afinidades electivas. Law and Literature & Therapeutic jurisprudence

Amy D. Ronner
Law, literature, and therapeutic jurisprudence
Carolina Academic Press,
Durham, N.C., 2009, xi + 308 pp.
ISBN: 9781594606373

This book explores the affinity between the Law and Literature and Therapeutic Jurisprudence movements. Law and Literature focuses on the analysis and criticism of literary works that have legal themes, portray lawyers, or depict legal practice. It also employs techniques and theories of literary criticism to aid the interpretation of literary texts, particularly judicial decisions. Therapeutic Jurisprudence integrates psychology, mental health, and other related enterprises to enrich and shape the law. It seeks to humanize the law by concerning itself with the human, emotional, and psychological aspects of the legal process. Both interdisciplinary movements celebrate humanity, welcome moral and ethical justice, encourage story telling, and tutor us in the idiom of empathetic kindness.

The five chapters of this book put Herman Melville, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Miller, William Wright, W.H. Hudson, and other literary masters under a Therapeutic Jurisprudence lens and suggests that all of these literary masters are, at least implicitly, concerned with therapeutic justice.

Chapter One, introducing Law and Literature and Therapeutic Jurisprudence, suggests how the two movements can symbiotically effectuate common goals. Chapter Two applies law, literature, and therapeutic jurisprudence to criminal procedure and shows how this sheds new light on certain protections that the Constitution accords individuals accused of crime. Chapter Three applies law, literature, and therapeutic jurisprudence to witch hunts, ones fueled by irrational fear and discrimination, and also delves into a present day witch hunt — homophobia — which pulverizes individuals in their daily lives. Chapter Four applies law, literature, and therapeutic jurisprudence to legal education and law practice itself. It suggests how educators can use literature and therapeutic jurisprudence to improve their interactions with students and train them to demand and build healthy, happy, and rewarding careers. Chapter Five summarizes how Law and Literature plus Therapeutic jurisprudence can become a multidisciplinary perspective that can help us understand and tap into the loving, empathic, and healing forces in not just our legal system, but in our daily lives as well.

Amy D. Ronner is Professor of the St. Thomas University School of Law, and member of the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center Advisor Board.

Vid. también la recensión de Michael King (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University. Australia). February 5, 2010.»This is my first blog for the year. It is summer Downunder and I enjoyed a nice holiday. But that is a fading memory and the reality of work has returned. And so has the need to keep up with my blog entries. In coming entries I plan to review some of the latest publications relating to therapeutic jurisprudence. Here is my first effort:

Literature has had an abiding interest in the law. The law in operation in its courts, law offices and police is a bountiful source of stories about the vagaries of the human psyche and human life. Literature can bring these issues to a wider audience and be a commentary and criticism of the law in operation. For me, the case of ´Jarndyce and Jarndyce`, from Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, illustrates how some of the worst aspects of the adversarial system can cause significant suffering for individuals – with Jarndyce wreaking havoc on generations of a family. Bleak House, among other literary classics, illustrates the essential thesis of therapeutic jurisprudence, that the law in operation affects the wellbeing of those involved.

The churning out of legal thrillers by the likes of Grisham and Turow reminds us that the attraction of literature to the law remains today. Amy Ronner in her new book Law, Literature and Therapeutic Jurisprudence (Carolina Academic Press, 2009) points out that the attraction between literature and law works both ways: literature can be attractive to the law. Thus, some scholars use literature and literary tools to gain a deeper insight into the meaning of law. Others see the commonality of law and literature in the value both place on story telling.

Ronner also sees this two way approach to be relevant to the thesis of her book that “it is possible and desirable to be not just a lawyer but a literary lawyer with that ‘important “add-on” component of a TJ lawyer”. Her book illustrates how therapeutic jurisprudence can aid in the analysis of literature and how literary analysis can help develop in lawyers the skills valued by therapeutic jurisprudence. Ronner observes that “Literary appreciation can spark the imagination and teach lawyers to ‘walk around in the skin’ of not just their clients, but also opponents, witnesses, judges and juries”. This can help the lawyer in diverse ways, not the least of which is the culturing of the ability to empathise with clients and others. These skills become the basis for a more rewarding professional relationship between lawyer and client.

Ronner uses examples from literature to illustrate important principles of law and the application of therapeutic jurisprudence. For example, she uses the tragic case of Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor to highlight the legal, personal and therapeutic importance of a defendant being able to actively participate in proceedings affecting them. She gives a careful analysis of the arguments for and against the procedures used to try and convict Budd – the subject of a malicious accusation – who was subsequently hanged. As well as the legal principle that the defendant’s right to counsel is essential for a fair trial is the therapeutic jurisprudence principle of being able to be actively involved in the proceedings and not simply by counsel, vital though that is. Budd, suffering from both a speech impediment and the absence of a lawyer at his trial was denied both.

The theme of the importance of people being actively involved in legal proceedings affecting them continues in Ronner’s analysis of Crime and Punishment. Her analysis here is rich with other therapeutic jurisprudence themes as well – including the therapeutic nature of the role of the long-suffering Sonya in listening to and expressing empathy for the self-destructive but ultimately redeemed Raskolnikov. There is also a fascinating discussion of the nature and motive for confessions, seeing them as not necessarily springing from the fact of having committed a crime but – as in Crime and Punishment – springing from sometimes complex underlying psychological needs.

Chapter 3 is a compelling but disturbing discussion of the suffering that can be inflicted by anti-therapeutic tribunals and how mass hysteria can lead to their use. The Salem witch hunts depicted in The Crucible and Harvard’s Secret Court, based on events in the 1920s when Harvard convened a “Secret Court” that “maliciously hunted down young men it believed to be homosexuals, or mere friends of homosexuals” are graphically used to depict these phenomena.

Melville’s Bartleby is used to great effect to bring out the mechanical, repetitive and de-humanising effects of working in large law firms. The analysis demonstrates the importance of firms taking a therapeutic jurisprudence approach to their practice (and staff) and the vital role legal education should play in educating students to expect and to gain so much more out of legal practice.

As some of the commentators on the dust cover of Law, Literature and Therapeutic note, the book opens up a new dimension of therapeutic jurisprudence scholarship: therapeutic jurisprudence can be a lens through which literature is analysed and taught and literature can highlight different nuances and applications of therapeutic principles. Literature can also be a powerful vehicle to revive flagging students burdened by the tedium of studying particular law subjects.

While its legal analysis is largely confined to the law of the United States, this engaging book will be of interest to readers from other nations, whether from common law nations or civil law nations. It would be good to see the further development of this application of therapeutic jurisprudence and in particular, its application to the laws of other nations. After all, therapeutic jurisprudence itself is developing through international scholarship. Perhaps an international comparative law, literature and therapeutic jurisprudence will emerge. This book has laid the groundwork for it to occur».


Sobre Therapeutic Jurisprudence puede consultarse el texto introductorio de David Wexler, disponible en: Asimismo la web La website de The Australasian Therapeutic Jurisprudence Clearinghouse, se encuentra asimismo disponible en:

Un elenco bibliográfico orientativo, a cargo de James E. Rogers (College of Law. The University of Arizona),en:


Genero y capacidades. Novedad bibliográfica

Cristina Monereo Atienza,

Desigualdades de género y capacidades humanas

(Col. Crítica del Derecho. Derecho Vivo)

Editorial Comares, S.L.
Granada, 2010, 192 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-8498366457






II.1. Contra el androcentrismo en la definición del sujeto. Un sujeto sin destruir el sujeto.

II.2. Igualdad en la diferencia individual e identidad de género.


III.1. Feminismo y liberalismo versus comunitarismo. Prioridad de derechos o bienes .

III.2. Feminismo y multiculturalismo. Políticas de identidad/reconocimiento/inferencia y políticas de justicia o igualdad social.


IV.1. La teoría igualitarista-liberal de la justicia de Sen.

IV.1.1. Hacia una noción kantiana del sujeto. Revisión del Utilitarismo, la Economía del Bienestar y la Teoría de los bienes primarios de John Rawls. La influencia de Adam Smith, Aristóteles y Karl Marx. IV.

1.2. Habilitaciones, funcionalidades y capacidades. Concepción vaga del bien. IV.2. La teoría aristotélico-marxista y liberal de justicia de Nussbaum.

VI.2.1. El sujeto aristotélico en la teoría de Nussbaum. Una lista de capacidades y funcionalidades. Concepción gruesa y vaga del bien. Feminismo y capacidades.

IV.2.2. Diferencias y complementariedad con la teoría de Sen.


V.1. El enfoque de las capacidades para medir la libertad individual. Espacio privado/espacio público y la capacidad de las mujeres de elegir su propia vida.

V.1.1. Capacidades y libertad.

V.1.2. Argumentos sobre el origen del sistema patriarcal.

V.1.3. División histórica entre lo público y lo privado.

V.1.4. Defensa de uno o varios espacios comunes de deliberación.

V.1.5. Las capacidades frente a la dicotomía público/privado.

V.2. El enfoque de las capacidades para medir la igualdad en el bienestar. Capacidades, género y derechos, económicos, sociales y culturales .

V.2.1. Capacidades e igualdad.

V.2.2. Concepto de bienestar y sus críticas. La apuesta por las capacidades para medir la igualdad.

V.2.3. Combinación del enfoque del bienestar y el enfoque de las capacidades para la medición de la desigualdad, la pobreza y la calidad de vida de las mujeres.

V.2.4. Mercado, trabajo y capacidades de las mujeres.



Análisis introductorio al tema de género desde la teoría de las capacidades de Amartya Sen y Martha Nussbaum. La perspectiva de las capacidades, que tan ha numerosos adeptos ha reunido en la teoría de los derechos fundamentales, apela a las de todo ser humano a la hora de reivindicar la relevancia del concepto de dignidad humana como concreción de los valores de libertad, igualdad y solidaridad.
No hay libertad sin la capacidad real de ejercitarla. Solamente es posible «ser capaz» si se dispone de una serie de necesidades básicas cubiertas, aquí entrando en juego la igualdad formal y material, y la solidaridad.
En cuestiones de género, la teoría de las capacidades ofrece una visión ventajosa para alcanzar las exigencias del feminismo en torno a la igualdad. Primero, porque se centra en lo que es común a todos y parte de un concepto universal de ser humano que no hace distinción entre los sexos. Segundo, porque combina audazmente el tema de los derechos fundamentales con los valores y fines comunes. Y, tercero, porque enlaza igualmente a la perfección con cuestiones tales como la globalización y el multiculturalismo.
“La crítica al bienestar y al Estado de Bienestar desde la teoría de Sen y Nussbaum no menosprecia la importancia de satisfacer unas necesidades básicas que requieren de recursos materiales y no materiales. En esta tarea el Estado se presenta como un mecanismo eficaz y necesario. Se concluye en una demanda a favor de una visión de los derechos fundamentales como un conjunto que no diferencia entre derechos de primera (derechos individuales, civiles y políticos) y de segunda (derechos económicos, sociales y culturales), y cuya base es la dignidad humana de todos los individuos independientemente de su sexo. Los derechos forman un conjunto indispensable para llevar una vida digna en la que las necesidades de todos estén cubiertas y se permita el desarrollo de las capacidades personales que promuevan la elección libre de la propia vida buena” (Prefacio).

Cristina Monereo Atienza es Dra. en Derecho por la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (INSTITUTO DE DERECHOS HUMANOS “BARTOLOMÉ DE LAS CASAS”) y Proferosa de Teoría del Derecho y Filosofía del Derecho de la Universidad de Málaga. Ha publicado asimismo Ideologías jurídicas y cuestión social. Los orígenes de los derechos sociales en España, Pref. de José Calvo González (La cuestión social desde la Filosofía del Derecho), Edit. Comares, Granada, 2007. ISBN10 849836213X; ISBN13 9788498362138.


Contar la Historia. La novela histórica como género literario

La Fundació Universitat de València, con la colaboración del Departament de Filologia Espanyola de la Facultat de Filologia, Traduciò i Comunicaciò, entre otras varias varias intituciones, organiza los próximos días 4, 5 y 6 de marzo las I Jornadas de novela histórica, con un programa de conferencias bien armado y lleno de sugestivos temas y enfoques.

Entre los actividades previstas se encuentra asimismo la mesa redonda y presentación del libro Cinco miradas sobre la novela histórica, en la que han participar de algunos de entre sus autores (Javier Negrete, Pablo Godoy, Carlos García Gual, Haefs Gisbert y Antonio Penadés).

Cinco miradas sobre la novela históricas
Ediciones Evohé, Madrid, 2009, 144 pp.
ISBN 9788493690861


DIRITTO E LETTERATURA. Novedad bibliográfica

Diritto di parola
Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane
(Collana: Diritto e Letteratura)
Napoli, 2010
556 pp.
Codice EAN: 9788849519198

Il volume trae spunto dall’insegnamento di «Diritto e Letteratura», attivato presso la Facoltà di Economia dell’Università degli Studi del Sannio nell’anno accademico 2008/2009, di cui il prof. Felice Casucci ha la titolarità nell’ambito del settore scientifico del «Diritto comparato». Le lezioni, svoltesi con modalità dialettiche, hanno registrato la partecipazione di studiosi appartenenti a discipline ed a professionalità molto differenziate. Il risultato appare composito e di grande originalità, esprimendo una chiave di lettura fortemente orientata sia ai fini della ricerca sia a quelli della didattica. L’anello di congiunzione che tiene insieme la meditata complessità dell’opera è dato dallo studio di alcuni dei temi del vitalismo etico, al quale, per strade poco battute, si riconduce l’argomentazione giuridica. Il «diritto di parola» assume i contorni di un’invocazione, a tratti estrema, al dialogo, al confronto ed al «rispetto» dell’altro, maturata una conoscenza non equivoca dei più segreti bisogni umani, che solo la letteratura, come arte della parola pubblica, è in grado, con tanta precisione, ancora di rivelare. La tesi di fondo è quella di inaugurare, con la collana di «Diritto e Letteratura», una nuova stagione culturale del sapere giuridico in senso umanistico e pluralistico.


Presentazione di Felice Casucci 7

Saggio introduttivo di Antonio Jannelli 9

Antonella Argenio, L’idea di democrazia tra polis e modernità 13

Livio Borriello, La parola giuridica e la parola letteraria 75

Felice Casucci, Diritto e Letteratura 103

Cristina Ciancio, Dalla fiducia nei mercanti alla fiducia nei mercati. Leggi e giustizia commerciale nel César Birotteau di Balzac 113

Aldo Colucciello, Tra regionalismo e tratti d’originalità. Kagar
kı ag di Himanśu Jośı

Paolo De Angelis, Comparazione e filologia: Eumenidi 159

Flora Di Donato, Narrazioni processuali: fatti e protagonisti 189

Alberto Garofalo, Diritto e letteratura: identità nazionale 203

Erika Giorgini, Argomentare in diritto e letteratura in vista di
un’idea del giusto

Filippo La Porta, Come usare bene le opere letterarie 219

Laura Mauriello, Brainstorming 227

Aglaia McClintock, Il 753 a.C. L’anno zero del diritto 243

Maria Paola Mittica, Lo specchio di Itaca 257

Valerio Nitrato Izzo, Le «Porte aperte» del giudizio 279

Vincenzo Nuzzo, Il potere, il diritto e la salute come salvezza 297

Giovanni Rossetti, Filosofia e Diritto. Per un’etica a ‘dismisura’ d’uomo 375

Paolo Ruffilli, Il giudice e l’ordalia 397

Pier Francesco Savona, La logica dell’assurdo di Albert Camus
e la filosofia dell’esperienza giuridica di Giuseppe Capograssi: la
‘rivolta’ della prassi e i suoi limiti

Francesca Scamardella, Diritto nella letteratura: il «culto delle
tradizioni» nell’opera verghiana come metafora del diritto ottocentesco

Maria Rosaria Scotti, La proprietà nella letteratura russa dell’Ottocento 435

Debora Spinelli, 1984: il totalitarismo o la morte della letteratura 457

Maria Zarro, Viaggio tra identità e alterità. La parola tra “limite”
e “liberazione”

Appendice – Note d’autore

Giulia Benvenuti, La cognizione della verosimiglianza nelle rappresentazioni processuali 505

Giuseppe Mastrominico, Diritto e Letteratura nell’Italia dell’Ottocento 517

Gli Autori 551

FELICE CASUCCI. Prof. Ordinario di ‘Diritto privato dell’Unione Europea’ nella Facoltà di Economia dell’Università del Sannio


Ultra legem. Clausura de Exposición

En la tarde de hoy, día 19, quedará oficialmente clausurada la exposición de impresos jurídicos pertenecientes al fondo bibliográfico de la Sala de Antiguos y Valiosos de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Málaga.

La muestra, bajo el título de Ultra legem, exhibió obras comprendidas entre el siglo XV y 1801. Inaugurada el pasado 5 de este mismo mes, ha pretendido reflejar el concilio del diálogo europeo entre cultura del libro, arte tipográfico y saber jurídico.

Una preciosa escenografía de la evolución del Derecho y el progreso de la Ciencia jurídica en el gran Teatro de los Libros.

Con tal oportunidad y dentro de los actos académicos organizados en conmemoración del XXX Aniversario de la creación de la Facultad de Derecho en Málaga fue editado el catálogo In Theatro Librorum, coordinado por el Prof. Dr. José Calvo González.


International Symposium / Colloque international. Law and Literature / Droit et littérature. Theory & Practice / Théories & pratiques

International Symposium / Colloque international
Law and Literature / Droit et littérature
Theory & Practice / Théories & pratiques

25-27 février 2010

• Christian Biet (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)
• Daniela Carpi (Université de Vérone)
• Lissa Lincoln (American University of Paris)
• Sara Harvey (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)


Jeudi 25 février 2010
10h-12h30 – Mapping the question
10h-10h15. – Gilles Lhuilier (Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes), Law & Literature as an epistemological break in legal theory
10h15-10h45. – Luke Norris & Allison Tait (Yale Law School), Legal Order Through Literary Narrative
10h45-11h. – Panu Minkkinen (University of Leicester, UK), The Legal Hermeneutics: Reading Law as Literature
11h-11h15. – Leif Dahlberg (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Mapping (of) Law
11h15-12h30.- Débat
14h-18h. – Theory & Practice
14h-16h. – Théories & post-théories
14h-14h15. – Klaus Stierstorfer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Law and (which ?) Literature: New Directions in Post-Theory?
14h15-14h30. – Laurent de Sutter (Université de Bruxelles), Les puissances du faux
14h30-14h45. – Denis Salas (Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Justice), Qu’est ce qu’un roman judiciaire?
14h45-15h. – Sebastian Mc Evoy (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Slot-thinking in Law and Literature
15h-16h. – Débat
16h30-18h. – Théories & ouvertures disciplinaires
16h30-16h45. – Jeanne Gaakeer (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam), The future of literary-legal jurisprudence : mere theory or just practice?
16h45-17h. – Anna Krakus (New York University), I hereby find you Guilty of Cheating How Television Courts Give Personal Problems a Legal Dimension
17h-17h15. – Stéphanie Loncle (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre), La liberté théâtrale est-elle une question de droit?
17h15-17h30. – Martial Poirson (Université de Grenoble III), Droit littérature ET économie: pour une extension du domaine de la recherche
17h30-18h30. – Débat

Vendredi 26 février 2010
10h-12h30. – Pratiques juridiques & pratiques théâtrales (XIIIe-XVIIe siècles)
10h-11h15. – Séance commune: Juridiction de qui, juridiction sur quoi? Le cas du théâtre pré-moderne en France
• Jelle Koopmans (Université d’Amsterdam)
• Katell Lavéant (Université d’Utrecht)
• Simon Gabay (Université d’Amsterdam)
• Marie Bouhaïk-Gironès (Université d’Amsterdam)
11h15-12h. – Débat
14h-18h30. – Fictions juridiques & fictions littéraires
14h-16h. – Moyen-Âge & Renaisssance
14h-14h15. – Joël Blanchard (Université du Maine, Le Mans), Une relation renouvelée: la pratique médiévale des rapports entre droit et littérature
14h15-14h30. – Diego Quaglioni (Université de Trente), Fictions du droit médiéval et proto-moderne
14h30-14h45. – Bruno Méniel (Université de Rennes 2), Droit et Littérature à l’époque humaniste: discours spécialisé et discours encyclopédique
14h45-15h. – Romain Descendre (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Expérience du droit et littérature artistique au XVIe siècle: la Vita de Benvenuto Cellini15h-15h15. – Paul Tillit (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre), L’interdiction des mystères, question juridique, question théâtrale
15h15-16h. – Débat
16h30-18h30. – Période moderne
16h30-16h45. – Romain Jobez (Université de Poitiers), Des métaphores obsédantes au mythe juridique
16h45-17h. – Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Université d’Amiens), Écoles de droit, école du théâtre
17h-17h15. – Natacha Israël (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Un des sens possibles du «et» de «Droit et littérature» à travers le cas pratique d’une recherche en philosophie du droit et des normes au XVIIe siècle anglais
17h15-17h30. – Matthew Anderson (University of New England), The Rule of Law: Legal Studies and the Liberal Arts
17h30-18h30. – Débat
18h30-20h. – Loi et loisir
Cocktail offert aux participants

Samedi 27 février 2010
10h-12h. – The dream of equity
10h-10h15. – Daniela Carpi (Université de Vérone), Equity’s results
10h15-10h30. – Piergiuseppe Monateri (Université de Turin), Unveil the cultural artifacts
10h30-10h45. – Gary Watt (Warwick University, UK), The Directions of Law and Literature
10h45-11h. – Paul Raffield (Warwick university, UK), The Dramatic Imagination and the Dream of Law
11h-12h. – Débat
13h30-18h. – Les formes de la loi
13h30-15h45. – L’apparition esthétique du droit
13h30-13h45. – Sandra Travers de Faultrier, L’apparaître, une forme formante
13h45-14h. – Paolo Carta (Université de Trente), Billy Budd and the Italian Law
14h-14h15. – Christian Delage (Université Paris 8/Cardozo Law School, New-York), Le procès et l’histoire, le témoignage cinématographique
14h15-15h15. – Débat
15h45-18h. – Imaginer la loi?
15h45-16h Marcella Iacub (CNRS)
16h-16h15. – Claude-Olivier Doron, Une fiction qui ne passe plus? Sur quelques critiques contemporaines du droit pénal
16h15-16h30. – Christian Biet (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre, IUF), La justice et la loi: émergence du «littéraire»
16h30-16h45. – Lissa Lincoln (American University of Paris), Droit et litterature: discours du juste ou juste un discours?
16h45-18h. – Débat
18h-19h. – Les lois de l’hospitalité
Mignardises offertes aux participants

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA)
Galerie Colbert, Auditorium
2, rue de Vivienne – 75002 Paris

FUENTE: Nomôdos:


Law and Literature. Justice, Old Testament and Rabbinic Jurisprudence

Chaya T. Halberstam,

Law and Truth in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature,
Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN,
2010, 240 pp.
ISBN-10: 0253354110
ISBN 978-0253354112

Table of Contents


Part 1. Truth and Human Jurisprudence
1. Stains of Impurity
2. Signs of Ownership
3. The Impossibility of Judgment

Part 2. Truth and Divine Justice
4. Theologies of Justice
5. Objects of Narrative

Index of Scriptural Verses
Index of Subjects

Fundamental uncertainty in the rabbinic search for justice

How can humans ever attain the knowledge required to administer and implement divine law and render perfect justice in this world? Contrary to the belief that religious law is infallible, Chaya T. Halberstam shows that early rabbinic jurisprudence is characterized by fundamental uncertainty. She argues that while the Hebrew Bible created a sense of confidence and transparency before the law, the rabbis complicated paths to knowledge and undermined the stability of personal status and ownership, and notions of guilt or innocence. Examining the facts of legal judgments through midrashic discussions of the law and evidence, Halberstam discovers that rabbinic understandings of the law were riddled with doubt and challenged the possibility of true justice. This book thoroughly engages law, narrative, and theology to explicate rabbinic legal authority and its limits.

Chaya T. Halberstam is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.


Diritto e letteratura. Anuncio de Conferencia. Accademia Nazionale di Scienze Lettere ed Arti di Modena

Prof.ssa Maria Donata Panforti
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Sostanziosi affetti.
Il mutamento dell’istituto matrimoniale
in una prospettiva di «Diritto e letteratura»

Nella storia della famiglia e delle relazioni interpersonali nel mondo occidentale, il XIX secolo rappresenta un momento fondamentale in cui, nel modo di pensare corrente, gli aspetti affettivi vengono identificati come la sola ragion d’essere del matrimonio, accantonando così la secolare impostazione che in questo istituto giuridico e sociale ravvisava prevalentemente uno strumento atto a soddisfare esigenze assistenziali e a tutelare il benessere economico della coppia e della prole.
Di questo mutamento la narrativa è specchio raffinato e sensibile, e la nuova disciplina detta «diritto e letteratura» si propone come una tecnica utile ad evidenziare il nesso fra le regole giuridiche e i processi sociali.
Il richiamo ad alcune opere della narrativa ottocentesca italiana ( fra cui I Viceré, Piccolo mondo antico, Storia di una capinera, I Beati Paoli, I promessi sposi, L’innocente, Il bacio di una morta ) servirà dunque ad evidenziare come la narrativa abbia contribuito a svalutare il ruolo del patrimonio come elemento centrale della relazione intrafamiliare e per contro ad affermare l’idea che il vincolo affettivo sia essenziale nel rapporto matrimoniale.

Accademia Nazionale di Scienze Lettere ed Arti di Modena Vittorio Emanuele II, 59 – 41100 Modena.

Martedì 23 Febbraio 2010
ore 17.00

Maria Donata Panforti. Prof.ssa di Diritto Comparato. Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche. Università di Modena-Reggio Emilia. Segretaria dell´Associazione italiana di Diritto comparato


Exhibit from the Law Library’s Rare Book Collection. Yale University

Reused, Rebound, Recovered: Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Law Book Bindings

The exhibit coincides with the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, March 18-20 at Yale University.

The exhibit was curated by Benjamin Yousey-Hindes, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.

The Rare Books Exhibition Gallery is located in the lower level of the Lillian Goldman Law Library (Level L2), directly in front of the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Reading Room



Ius est ars inventa disponendi

Aldo Schiavone
IUS: La invención del Derecho en Occidente,
Trad. de Germán Prósperi
Edit. Adriana Hidalgo, Buenos Aires, 2009
738 pp.
ISBN: 978-84-92857-2010

Ius indaga un aspecto crucial de la historia de Occidente: el nacimiento del Derecho como forma específica de disciplina social, distinta de la religión, la ética y la política, además de dotada de una racionalidad fuerte y autónoma. Schiavone reconstruye con pasión y lucidez la genealogía del Derecho y su trama compleja a través de los siglos, desde sus orígenes más remotos, en la antigua Roma. Un proceso fundacional al cual contribuyó de un modo determinante la consolidación del Imperio. Tal acumulación de un poder inaudito generó las condiciones para una arcaica predisposición a la ritualidad y el orden, y la posterior transformación en una ciencia y una tecnología del control de las relaciones humanas.

Una interpretación sobre los fundamentos de la maquinaria jurídica occidental y sobre el discurso que se ha construido en torno a ella: su formulación, la pretendida neutralidad, las relaciones con el poder político. Schiavoni nos ofrece asimismo un continuo contrapunto entre el mundo antiguo y el moderno, entre el pensamiento romano y la tradición europea, y para ello investiga y presenta los contextos históricos, ambientes, personajes, cuadros conceptuales e ideologías que han marcado la historia occidental.

Aldo Schiavone (Nápoles,1944), fue profesor de Derecho Romano en la Facultad de Jurisprudencia de la Universidad de Nápoles. Actualmente dirige tanto el Departamento de Historia del Derecho en la Universidad de Florencia como el Instituto Italiano de Ciencias Sociales. Entre sus publicaciones: La storia spezzata. Roma Antica e Occidente moderno, Roma-Bari, 1996, cuarta edición 2002. Italiani senza Italia, Torino, 1999; I conti del comunismo, Torino 1999. Ha dirigido la Storia di Roma, publicada por Einaudi en cuatro volúmenes y siete tomos, entre 1988 y 1993. La primera edición del monumental ensayo Ius fue publicada en 2005.