Living Methods for Living Law: Eugen Ehrlich Meets Bruno Latour via Adversarial Exhibition Design

Prepared for Colloque Ehrlich: L’actualité de la pensée d’Eugen Ehrlich pour les méthodes empiriques du droit. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 22-23 September 2022

16 Pages Posted: 17 May 2023 Last revised: 3 Jul 2023

Date Written: May 5, 2023

Abstract

This paper argues that in order to effectively inquire into what Eugene Ehrlich (1862-1922) called 'living law', we need living methods. We need ways of sensing and making sense of the world that are themselves alive—responsive, anticipatory, vibrant. The first part highlights some methodological advice offered by Ehrlich himself about how to enliven legal inquiry. The second part proposes that we can draw on designerly knowledge and techniques to put that advice into action. The third part tests the validity and limits of that proposition with reference to a series of exhibitions designed by sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Bruno Latour (1947-2022).

Keywords: legal design, exhibition design, socio-legal research methods, adversarial concepts, living law.

Suggested Citation

Perry-Kessaris, Amanda, Living Methods for Living Law: Eugen Ehrlich Meets Bruno Latour via Adversarial Exhibition Design (May 5, 2023). Prepared for Colloque Ehrlich: L’actualité de la pensée d’Eugen Ehrlich pour les méthodes empiriques du droit. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 22-23 September 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4442665

Amanda Perry-Kessaris (Contact Author)

Kent Law School ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS
United Kingdom

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