CFP: Law and Justice on the Small Screen

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From the FLP Mailbox, this CFP for a collection of essays on “Law and Justice on the Small Screen”:

We are compiling a collection of essays by leading scholars from the world of law and popular culture focusing on the theme of law and justice on television. We wish to invite scholars with an interest to submit abstracts of around 250 words by the end of July 2009 on this broad theme. We hope to structure the Collection on the undernoted themes but intend that contributors should interpret this brief list in an inclusive manner. We will make a provisional selection by the end of July 2009 and then ask contributors to provide a full draft of their text by May 2010. These will then be refereed blind in the usual way and final text should be with the editors by September 2010 for publication in early 2011.

Part I


  • Law and TV Scholarship in context – the emergence of law and popular culture
  • The relationship between Law and TV and Law and Film Scholarship – similarities and differences
  • Issues of methodology including empirical studies on the impact of TV
  • Issues of production – towards a political economy of law on TV

Part II

An Overview of Distinct Forms of Representation

  • Fictional law and lawyers – towards a taxonomy [ legal procedurals; lawyer dramas; comedies etc. ]
  • Reality TV shows
  • Justice portrayals in news and documentary programming
  • Court TV –   a national/international phenomenon?

Part III

TV Law as a Global Phenomonon

  • Trends and developments in US TV Fiction
  • Adversarial justice on TV – Britain, Canada and Australia
  • Inquisitorial systems – Germany, France and Spain
  • Crossing the boundaries – the impacts of”foreign”imported shows and formats

Please send abstracts via email attachment to:  (Peter Robson, University of Strathclyde, The Law School)  AND (Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University Law School)

-Posted by Bridget Crawford


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