New York Law School Law Review Issue Explores the Implications of Law in the Digital Age

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Scholars Explore the Implications of Law in the Digital Age

New York, NY (October 24, 2012)—Law has entered the visual digital age. How truth and justice are represented and assessed in court (and out) increasingly depend on what electronic screens display.  The New York Law School Law Review has published an issue featuring ten articles addressing the implications of this shift, based on papers presented at the Visualizing Law in the Digital Age conference held at New York Law School and Cardozo Law School in October 2011. The articles are available online here.      

“The articles in this issue address an important and irrevocable shift in the way we think about and practice law in the digital age,” said Richard Sherwin, Professor of Law at New York Law School, conference organizer, and author of Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque: Arabesques & Entanglements (Routledge 2011).  “Today, with increasing frequency, law is migrating to the screen. It lives there as other images do, motivating belief and judgment on the basis of visual delight and unconscious fantasies and desires as well as actualities.  Law as image also shares broader cultural anxieties concerning not only the truth of the image, but the mimetic capacity itself, the human ability to represent reality. What is real, and what is simulation? This is the hallmark of the digital baroque, when images immerse us in a seemingly endless matrix of appearances. These articles insist that greater attention be paid to the immediate and far reaching impact of visualizing law in the digital age.”

The authors in this publication, distinguished legal and social science scholars, explore new approaches to legal scholarship and legal practice that illuminate and seek to work through the vicissitudes of visualizing law in the digital age.  The issue contains the following articles: 

  • Visual Jurisprudence by Richard Sherwin, Professor of Law at New York Law School.
  • Devising Law: On the Philosophy of Legal Emblems by Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School.
  • The First Amendment and the Second Commandment by Amy Adler, Emily Kempin Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.
  • Visualizing the Law in the Baroque Age.  The Play and Value and the Law: Image and Comedy at the End of Louis XIV’s Reign by Christian Biet, Professor of Law at the University of Paris Quest Nanterre La Defense.
  • The Law of the Image and the Image of the Law: Colonial Repesentations of the Rule of Law  by Desmond Manderson, Future Fellow, Australian National University College of Law, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University.
  • Image and Affect: Between Neo-Baroque Sadism and Masochism by Nathan Moore, Professor of Law at Birkbeck School of Law.
  • Law Among the Sight Lovers, by Francis J. Mootz, III, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, William S. Boyd School of Law.
  • Images in/of Law by Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School.
  • Deleuze and the Maiden: A Short Introduction to Legal Pornography by Laurent de Sutter, Professor, Law, Science, Technology & Social Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • Arrested by the Image by Alison Young, Professor, University of Melbourne.

To view or download the articles, visit the Law Review’s website at They are also available through LexisNexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline. See 57 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 1-227 (2012-2013). Questions? Contact the Law Review at or (212) 431-2109.

About the New York Law School Law Review

The New York Law School Law Review is a journal of legal scholarship edited and published by students at New York Law School four times a year. The Law Review is the largest law review in the United States, with 2011–2012 membership of more than 170 students, led by an editorial board assisted by staff editors, online staff editors, and members, working together with a full-time faculty publisher, to make all editorial and publication decisions. The Law Review has both a scholarly and an educational mission. It serves as an academic forum for legal scholarship by sponsoring four symposia each year and publishing the scholarship produced through those events. The Law Review also offers its students an important learning and professional development experience, providing opportunities for members to develop their writing, research, and editing skills, as well as other skills that are important for the successful practice of law, including communication, organizational, and project management skills. The Law Review is printed by Joe Christensen, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Law Review’s editorial and general offices are located at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. Symposium proposals may be submitted to the Law Review by U.S. mail or via email at Tel. 212-431-2109.