'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
Date Written: August 13, 2019
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
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