Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Semiótica y Educación Jurídica


 
Signs In Law - A Source Book
The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education III
Jan Broekman and Larry Catà Backer (Eds.)
Springer, Berlin/New York, 2015, 431 pp.
ISBN: 9783319098364

This volume provides a critical roadmap through the major historical sources of legal semiotics as we know them today. The history of legal semiotics, now at least a century old, has never been written (a non-event itself pregnant with semiotic possibility).  As a consequence, its sources are seldom clearly exposed and, as word, object and meaning change, are sometimes lost. They reach from an English translation of the 1916 inaugural lecture of the first Chair in Legal Significs at the Amsterdam University, via mid 20th century studies on “property” or “contract,” to equally fascinating essays on contemporary semiotic problems produced by former students of the Roberta Kevelson Semiotics Roundtable Seminar at Penn State University 2012 and 2013. Together, the materials in this book weave the fabric of semiotics and significs, two names for the unfolding of semiotics in law and legal discourse at least until the second half of the 20th century, and both of which covered a lawyer’s focus on sign and meaning in law.  The latter is embedded within the cultural imperatives of the civilization that gave these terms meaning and made them an effective tool for the dissection of law, its reconstitution as an instrument to be used by the lawyer to advance the interests of her clients, and for judges as a means to restructure language as a narrative of law whose power could bend behavior to its strictures. Legal semiotics has become an indispensible part of the elite lawyer’s toolkit and a fundamental approach to analysis of legal texts. Two previous volumes published in 2011 and 2012 explored the conceptual, methodological and epistemological progress in the field of legal semiotics, the modern forms of semiotics study, and the mechanics of meaning making processes by lawyers. Yet the great lessons of semiotics requires a focus on the origins of the concepts and frameworks that would become contemporary legal semiotics, its origins as an object of the consciousness of meaning making—one whose roots, as lessons for the oracular conversations of law, are expanded in this volume.

 

Contents

Part I Introduction: Reading Semiotics

Reading Semiotics
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Eco and the Text of the Communist Manifesto
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Part II From Legal Significs To Legal Semiotics

Origins and Effects of Legal Significs
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

“Word-Value” and “The ‘I’”
 Frederik van Eeden

Significs (1953); Significs and Philosophy (1922)
Gerrit Mannoury

Significs [Encyclopedia Britannica] (1911)
Lady Victoria Welby

Editorial 1: Jacob Israel De Haan, the First Legal Semiotician
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Essence and Task of Legal Significs
Jacob Israël De Haan

Legal Significs and Its Application in the Concepts ‘Liable’,
‘Responsible’ and ‘Accountable’
Jacob Israël De Haan

Part III Godfathers of Semiotics—Welby, Peirce,
Greimas, Lacan

Editorial 2: “Meaning” and the Welby—Peirce Correspondence
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Meaning
Lady Victoria Welby

Two Letters to Lady Welby
Charles Sanders Peirce

Editorial 3: Firstness, Shock, and Signs (Peirce)
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Firstness, Shock, Law, and the Hand of the Sheriff
Charles Sanders Peirce

Editorial 4: Layered Discourses, Dynamic Semiotics
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

A View on A. J. Greimas’s Essay “The Semiotic Analysis
of a Legal Discourse: Commercial Laws That Govern
Companies and Groups of Companies”
Larry Catá Backer

Editorial 5: I and Self (Welby, Lacan)
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Lacan, The Mirror and the “I”
Jan M. Broekman

Part IV Semiotics Of Law Today

Introduction: The Institutes of Justinian
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Editorial 6: On Persons, Things and Obligations
in Semiotic Perspective

Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Persons I: Fundamental Concepts of Roman Law
Max Radin

Persons II: Family as a Commonsensical Device
and its Place in Law
Tracey Summerfield and Alec McHoul

Persons III: The Multiple Faces of a Corporation’s

Legal Personality
Larry Catá Backer

Things I: Property: The Legal ‘Thing’ as Artwork
Roberta Kevelson

Things II: Place, Space, and Time in the Sign of Property
Robin Paul Malloy

Things III: The Ethics of Property: A semiotic

Inquiry Into Ownership
Denis J. Brion

Obligations I: Quid pro quo: Contractual Semiosis
and Translation
Dinda L. Gorlée

Obligations II: The Semiotics of International Law:
Interpretation of the ABMTreaty
Robert W. Benson

Obligations III: Cultural Immersion, Difference and Categories
in US Comparative Law
Vivian Grosswald Curran

Part V Developing Semiotic Awareness

Law in Signification Processes
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Editorial 7: From Prize-Winning Seminar Papers
to a General Conclusion
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

Can Words Really Set a Man Free?—A Semiotic
Analysis of the American Criminal Defendant’s Right to Allocution
Charles Volkert

Shareholder Derivative Action and Corporate
Identity in Delaware Jurisprudence
Alan C. Green

Signs Without Authority: The Battle of Experts,
the Caricature of a Discourse and the Failure
of Scientific Evidence
Robert Marriott

Semiotics in a New Key
Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer

About the Authors
General References
Author Index
Subject Index

 

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Véase en este blog el post “Semiótica y Educación Jurídica/ Semiotics and Legal Education”: http://iurisdictio-lexmalacitana.blogspot.com.es/2011/10/semiotica-y-educacion-juridica.html

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Me parece que, en general, el desarrollo de la semiótica jurídica ha sido anglosajón, con capítulos muy significados en Francia: Algirdas Julius Greimas (1917-1992), Georg Kalinowski (1916-2000). Eric Landowski et al.. Es de justicia reconocerlo. Pero, asimismo, son inaceptables –porque su desconocimiento inclina al ‘prejuicio’ de irrelevancia y al des-reconocimiento– el olvido (o ignorancia) de importantes aportes y difusiones iberoamericanos, como es el caso de Roque Carrion-Wan. Omitiré comentarios –a fin de no parecer chauvinista- acerca de la ausencias en relación a España.
Hay, desde luego, culturas jurídicas dominantes y otras que son sirvientes. Pero la soberbia práctica del imperialismo y colonialismo en la Ciencia es algo inadmisible.

J.C.G.

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