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The Speculative Jurisdiction: The Science Fictionality of Law and Technology

Griffith Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 818-850, 2011

Griffith Socio-Legal Research Centre Research Paper No. 100

34 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2012  

Kieran Mark Tranter

Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Date Written: September 9, 2011

Abstract

This article argues that scholarship on law and technology is a thoroughly speculative activity. The textual signifiers of this speculative orientation are the multiple incursion of science fiction that locate and justify lawyers writing about technology. Through a detailed examination of three law and technology literatures – on early space technology, IVF, and virtual-worlds – it will be shown that science fiction is the storehouse of images and imaginings that substantiate the legal projection of technological futures. When law confronts technology science fiction is its speculative jurisdiction. The suggestion is that through a more through-going engagement with science fiction as the speculative jurisdiction, law could more adequately engage with the complexities and contingencies of technological change.

Keywords: law and technology, science fiction, law reviews

Suggested Citation

Tranter, Kieran Mark, The Speculative Jurisdiction: The Science Fictionality of Law and Technology (September 9, 2011). Griffith Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 818-850, 2011; Griffith Socio-Legal Research Centre Research Paper No. 100. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2137441

Kieran Mark Tranter (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

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