Performances in law: a lesson from literature

Chaudhary, Vishavjeet (2017) Performances in law: a lesson from literature. International Journal of Law and Legal Jurisprudence Studies, 4 (1). pp. 54-65. ISSN 2348-8212

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This paper explores the idea of „performance‟ in relation to law. My starting point is to analyse the performance of law through text. The basic argument is that rather than simply reading the text of law as „black-letter‟ law, appreciating it as „performance oriented‟ enhances our understanding of it, expands the paradigm and opens new avenues for interpretation. Next, I examine „performances‟ of justice in and through law. Finally, the scheme and rituals of the courtroom setting arediscoursed to situate the character of the lawyer within this space, as a performer. The underlying theme is to advocate the reading, teaching and understanding of law as a humanities-based discipline which is best appreciated in terms of „performance.‟

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Performance of law | Literature
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 07 May 2022 07:02
Last Modified: 07 May 2022 07:02
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