Some Colours of the Law: Constitutional Cultures in Comparative Perspective
The Dickson Poon School of Law’s current Honorary Artist, Professor Werner Gephart will be returning to deliver his second lecture related to his exhibition, Some Colours of the Law, exploring the study of law and the social sciences alongside the diversity of the world’s legal cultures.
Professor Gephart has stated that Some Colours of the Law, “Has no intention of giving an image of the ‘inner differentiation of legal fields’ as Max Weber had called it. Some images are more closely related to questions of crime and punishment, others to an impression of living in a ‘legal jungle’ or to the transfer of legal cultures represented by taking the ‘legal trans-plant’ metaphor seriously.”
This lecture will ask how a cultural sociology of law might aid understandings of different constitutions as symbolic, normative, ritual, and organisationally-formed orders. It aims to elucidate how the image might have an influence on readings of constitutional law and how the myth and the validity claim of modern constitutionalism may inspire the imagination of a ‘painter of modern law’ in a comparative perspective.
Professor Gephart is the Founding Director of the University of Bonn’s Käte Hamburger Institute for the Advanced Study of Law as Culture.