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Space, Time, Justice


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Chapter One: Transgression as the 'big bang' of society

Chapter Two: Judicial spaces and ritual(s) of justice. The relation between time and space in the trial

Chapter Three: Contemporary spaces of justice: use and abuse of transparency

Chapter Four: The abolition of the judicial walls: cameras in courts and the reshaping of judicial spaces

Chapter 5: Conclusion

About the Author

Dr David Marrani studied law, philosophy and psychoanalysis in France and in the UK. He is professor and director at the Institute of Law, Jersey. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on Common Law Reasoning, Comparative Law, Comparative Public Law, Jurisprudence and Critical Studies. He is a Visiting Professor at several European and International universities. His research relates to comparative public law and the intersections between law, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is series general editor for Routledge Research in Constitutional Law and the SLS convenor for comparative law.


David Marrani approaches the study of contemporary institutions of justice carrying a rich multidisciplinary toolbox. He uses the tools of philosophy, particularly work associated with structuralism and post structuralism, psychoanalysis, Freud and Lacan, anthropology, art criticism, architecture, film theory, and jurisprudence to name a few to reflect on a number of pressing issues intimately associated with the delivery of justice. Chapters include a study of judicial authority and courtroom ritual. Two others explore the space of justice. One examines the modern architectural jurisprudential preoccupation with transparency revealing the new opacity that it generates. The second focuses on the impact of the dematerialization of justice, as cameras turn the institutions of justice into just another TV show. This is a rich, thoughtful and provocative study that is a must read for anyone interested in the nature and place of justice in contemporary society. Leslie J Moran Professor of Law, Birkbeck College London

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