De Iurisprudentia Picturata: Brief Notes on Law and Visualisation
Journal of Open Access to Law, 2019
10 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 11, 2019
Law is usually considered a textual phenomenon. From their first steps into a faculty of law students know they will have to prepare for exams on codes and text-books. In their practice lawyers have to formulate opinions, claims or defences in a document or in oral statements. Judges are called on to write decisions which will be read aloud in court and published. Notaries prepare (and confer authenticity on) legal documents and contracts for their clients. Legislators enact laws, decrees and regulations that consist of a series of rules expressed in verbal statements. Legal scholars write books, commentaries, essays and scientific articles starting from the literature review.
However, a closer look at legal history demonstrates that textual form is not the only way in which legal concepts and knowledge can be expressed.
The goal of the paper is to present how the interplay between law and visualisation can be structured and introduce the contributions to the JOAL first issue on visual law.
Keywords: law, visualisation, legal design, law and literature, comparative law
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