'Whose Body is This?' On the Role of Emotion in Teaching and Learning Law

Susan Bandes, Jody Madeira, Kathryn Temple, and Emily Kidd White, eds., The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Law and Emotions (2021, Forthcoming)

21 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2020

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Gillian Calder

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 13, 2019

Abstract

This chapter, centring law and emotions scholarship, examines the story of the Supreme Court of Canada's engagement in two very challenging cases, delivered 20 years apart, addressing medical assistance in dying. This chapter looks carefuly at where law and emotion was, or should have been, engaged and what that means for the law school classroom. I argue that by paying attention to affect in legal education we will graduate people more attuned to their responsibilities as humane professionals. There is extraordinary power, privilege and responsibility that rests on the shoulders of students completing legal education in Canada today. Drawing inspiration from the law and emotions scholarship, legal educators can offer more opportunities for students to deepen what it means to “think like a lawyer” and do law better as a result.

Keywords: Legal education, pedagogy, Supreme Court of Canada, Rodriquez v Canada, Canada v Carter, medical assistance in dying, law school

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Calder, Gillian, 'Whose Body is This?' On the Role of Emotion in Teaching and Learning Law (August 13, 2019). Susan Bandes, Jody Madeira, Kathryn Temple, and Emily Kidd White, eds., The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Law and Emotions (2021, Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3673491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3673491

Gillian Calder (Contact Author)

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