Law And…..Michael Freeman: The Scholar, the Man the Modern Renaissance Humanist
Chapter, IN: Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy, edited by Alison Diduck, Noam Peleg & Helen Reece, 2015 Brill/Nijhoof, pp. 653-665, Forthcoming
17 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 14, 2015
This essay is the valedictory essay for a festschrift honoring Professor Michael Freeman of the University College of London (UCL) Faculty of Law reviewing his published work of over 85 books and hundreds of articles on “law and society,” transdisciplinary study of law and legal institutions in such subjects as jurisprudence, theories of law, medical law, legal and medical ethics, rights of children, family law, domestic violence, law and literature, popular culture, law and neuroscience, law and anthropology, sociology, health law, dispute resolution, religion, law and personal life, cricket, and law and countless other applications of social realties to the making, interpretation and enforcement of law. The essay provides examples of the career of an exemplary legal scholar whose primary goals in legal scholarship and pedagogy is to query how law can be used to improve the lives of the disempowered and to deliver real, not just imagined, social justice. After more than 20 years of editing the series “Law and……….”, Michael Freeman is now honored with his own “Law and ..Michael Freeman” volume with over 40 contributors who laud his contributions to their thinking and honor him with modern applications of his work to their many fields. This essay comments (by his editorial colleague of 10 years of the International Journal of Law in Context, Cambridge University Press) on Michael’s contributions to “law and humanity” and provides a bibliography of his over 80 edited books.
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