JSI Series: Walking with empire

29 November 2012

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How does common law move? Unnoticed, but through jurisdiction. Noticing, this paper carefully engages with the vignette of a burial party that walked in colonial New South Wales. Forming part of a larger project that creates a minor jurisprudence of movement as a way of accounting for technical and material forms of Anglo-Australian common law practice, this paper illustrates some of common law's forms of movement, including the juridical form of walking and technologies of 'camping'. Working with a jurisprudential method of slowness, and paying attention to the productive relations between movement, jurisdiction and place, this paper attends to a jurisprudential question of conduct by asking what it might mean to walk with a colonial form of law. In doing so, it challenges the jurist to move well; to attend to the responsibilities of office.

About the speaker

Olivia Barr is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Having travelled north from the University of Melbourne, where she recently submitted for examination a doctoral thesis creating a minor jurisprudence of movement, Olivia writes in critical jurisprudence and is currently curious about the Great South Road and questions of movement, lawful place and the creation and conduct of the laws of friendship.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 2 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is hosted by The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, registration essential

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