Narrative and Drama in the American Trial
Robert P. Burns
Northwestern University - School of Law
October 11, 2011
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-60
This short essay summarizes an understanding of the trial as a medium in which law is realized or actualized, rather than imposed or enforced. It suggests that we should pay close attention to the actual practices that prevail at trial, its "consciously structured hybrid" of languages and practices, if we want to understand the nature of law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: trial, nature of law, rhetoric, narrative, drama
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K49
Date posted: October 13, 2011
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