As we endure the lockdown during the transit of one of the glories of the world (the virus), perhaps it is appropriate -- some may think differently of course (and so trigger warning or caveat lector) -- to consider films that reflect our current predicament. There are several of which Contagion (2011) must be the … Continue reading SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI?
In an earlier blog mention was made of 'orientalism'. This is a notion that will be familiar to comparative lawyers thanks to the work of Teemu Ruskola who has coined the expression ‘legal orientalism’ ((2002) 101 Michigan LR 179). ‘Orientalism’ is a post-colonial word giving expression to a particular kind of colonialist vision of Asian … Continue reading ‘THE WORLD WILL HEAR FROM ME AGAIN…’: ORIENTALISM IN THE CINEMA (AND IN LAW) – Geoffrey Samuel
Alan Watson published an enormous number of books and articles during his long career, but one that proves of particular interest to comparative lawyers looks at first sight a relatively modest piece: The Importance of 'Nutshells' (1994) 42 American Journal of Comparative Law 1. Arguably it is more than modest in that it raises two … Continue reading WHY ARE ‘NUTSHELLS’ SO IMPORTANT? – Geoffrey Samuel
University of Central Lancashire 3 September 2019 9.30-12.20 Welcome President of BACL, Annette Nordhausen Scholes, & sponsors, Intersentia. Session 1 (9.45-11.00) Prof. John Cairns (Edinburgh): The Birth of Mixed Legal Systems in the British Empire Prof. Dr. Uwe Kischel (Greifswald): Theorising Legal Transplants? (for an account of this presentation - click here) … Continue reading 2019 Annual Seminar – Legal Transplants and Mixed Jurisdictions – In Honour of the Late Prof. Alan Watson
A book claiming to rethink legal reasoning would seem to be one making a very bold, if not arrogant, claim. And so the first observation to be made about my new work -- Rethinking Legal Reasoning (Edward Elgar, 2018) -- is that 'rethinking' should perhaps be viewed more modestly. It ought, at least with regard … Continue reading NEW TITLE: GEOFFREY SAMUEL, RETHINKING LEGAL REASONING, Edward Elgard, 2018
The worlds of law and of film share a phenomenon caused by the rise of fascism in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. Law faculties (in the UK and in North America) and Hollywood studios saw an influx of emigres fleeing the Nazis and this influx had a profound effect both on … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – TEN DOUBLE BILLS FOR THE COMPARATIST (CONTINUED): IMITATING (FORMS OF) LIFE
This third blog on double bills for the comparatists comes with a very strong trigger warning – both metaphorical and literal. The two films about to be discussed will certainly not be to every comparative lawyer’s taste – they are bleak and violent – and indeed I have hesitated about including them in the top … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – Ten double Bills for the comparatist (continued) : I’d rather have the blues (than what I got)
In a previous blog I looked at four films (two double bills) whose themes for the comparatist were, first, the notion of persona and, secondly, the confrontation between cultures. In this third double bill I would like to suggest two Hollywood movies from the 1940s whose plots are very different at one level but, at … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – ten films for the Comparatist? (2) – Out of the Past and Letter From an Unknown Woman
The editor has kindly invited me to make contributions to this excellent BACL site and I must start by thanking not just John Bell, who has of course reported here on what I call ‘My Saturday’ (see Professor John Bell’s blog), but all the contributors to the event in Paris organised by my colleague Dr … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – ten films for the Comparatist?
A celebratory seminar was held in honour of Geoffrey Samuel, hosted by the Kent Law School in Paris on 2 December 2016. It took various themes from legal reasoning. Among the contributions were papers from Pierre Legrand, François Ost and Pietro Monateri. PIERRE LEGRAND gave a major paper in which he examined claims to objectivity … Continue reading Bell, John, “Account – Samuel Fest – 2 December 2016”