Peter Goodrich – An Instance of the Fingerpost: An Excursus on the Legal and the Digital

Event Date: 18 May 2012

Room B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents

School of Law, Annual Law Lecture 2012

Professor Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law, New York) – An Instance of the Fingerpost: An Excursus on the Legal and the Digital

The lawyers who forged the early modern common law, our dear insular Anglican tradition, were also the authors of numerous legal picture books, the emblemata iuris that mixed picture and motto, image and explanation.

The legal emblem framed the expression of law and indeed became so familiar, was so structural and persistent to legality that it still defines the spectacle of the juridical. As Freud put it, the unconscious thinks in images, and lawyers, as dogmatists are experts in unconsciousness.

This multimedia presentation, lacking only song and dance on the part of the orator himself, will extrapolate, if all goes well, from the early juristic use of images to the contemporary digital interplay of picture and word.

Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law and Director, Law and Humanities at Cardozo Law School in Yeshiva University, New York. Professor Goodrich one of the founding members of Birkbeck Law School in 1992, where he was also the Corporation of London Professor of Law. He has written extensively in legal history and theory in the areas of law and literature and semiotics and has authored 10 books. He is managing editor of Law and Literature, and on the editorial board of Law and Critique. Recent books include (with Mariana Valverde) Nietzsche and Legal Theory: Half-Written Laws (Routledge, 2006); and (with Lior Barshack and Anton Schutz) Law, Text, Terror (Routledge, 2006). His most recent book is Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual (Palgrave-Macmillan,2006).

Welcome by Professor Patricia Tuitt (Dean, Scholl of Law, Birkbeck) .


Introduction by Professor Patrick Hanafin (Birkbeck) .








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