The Rule of Law, the Humanities and History – University of Copenhagen

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The Rule of Law, the Humanities and History

The conference is devoted to interdisciplinary links between law and the humanities, examined in the context of the legal culture in Poland under communism. We will host a two-panel discussion of the most recognized scholars in the disciplines combining law and culture. The first part of the conference will analyse the concept of the rule of law within the literary aspect, whereas the second part will cover the cinematic approach towards the question.

The focal point of our debate will be to examine the extent to which the various literary and cinematic works are capable of reflecting the legal culture of societies, as well as to investigate the differences between the rule-of-law environment of Central-Eastern Europe and that of Western Europe. Our speakers will discuss the question of whether and how the Polish example and its consecutive way to democracy might help formulate more general conclusions about the further implementation of EU legal norms in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe, as well as understand the legal culture of new democracies.

Conference programme

Opening: Professor Tomasz GiaroVice Dean at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw

I Student Panel –  The students will present their essays elaborating on the question of the legal culture in Poland during the interwar period 1918-1939 on the basis of various literary works. The compilation of the essays, co-edited by prof. Marek Wąsowicz and dr. Jarosław Kuisz, has been recently published, curtesy of Scholar Publishing House under the patronage of the Law Faculty of University of Warsaw: Law and Literature. Drafts, Vol. 2, Scholar Publishing House, Warsaw 2017.

II Keynote: James Boyd White (University of Michigan Law School)

III THE RULE OF LAW AND THE HUMANITIES. LITERARY APPROACH

  • Ian Ward (Newcastle Law School)
  • Jeanne Gaakeer (University of Rotterdam)
  • Marek Wąsowicz (University of Warsaw)
  • Dietlev Tamm (University of Copenhagen)

IV THE RULE OF LAW AND THE HUMANITIES. CINEMATIC APPROACH

  • Helle Porsdam (University of Copenhagen)
  • Christian Delage (CNRS, Paris) 
  • Jaroslaw Kuisz (University of Warsaw)
  • Stefan Machura (Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bangor University)
  • Krzysztof Piesiewicz (co-writer on all of Krzysztof Kieślowski's law and film movies)
  • Greta Olson (University of Giessen)