How Legal Rhetoric Shapes The Law II – The Language of Violence and Torture

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
6th Floor


Spurred on by the enthusiasm for last year’s How Legal Rhetoric Shapes the Law colloquium here at American University’s WCL, we have decided to have another one—perhaps an annual event. This year’s—“How Legal Rhetoric Shapes the Law II—The Language of Violence and Torture”-- is scheduled for Friday, November 7. It will begin in the morning with a keynote address by Peter Brooks (Yale and Princeton). Professor Brooks is a scholar of narrative theory, co-edited “Law Stories” with Paul Gewirtz a few years ago, and recently has written two provocative pieces: “Narrative Transactions—Does the Law Need a Narratology?” (18 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 1) and an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The Ethics of Reading” (Feb. 8, 2008), in which he took on the analysis in the infamous “torture memo.” He will speak on “The Ethics of Reading” to kick off a day of discussing how language can be used, interpreted, manipulated to justify violence, and, perhaps, also to combat it. In the early afternoon, we will have four panelists discussing various uses of language in relation to violence, torture and human rights. Finally, and this is an innovation, we will have a workshop for legal writing teachers to discuss and work on ways to introduce these ideas in the legal writing classroom. Lunch and dinner, of course, during which the best ideas often come up and relationships are forged.

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
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