A Castle of Words
Issue 03, 84 pages, €10
The third issue of This Century’s Review has the title “A Castle of Words” because it is devoted to the relationship between law and literature. We analyse the creative power of language, how a few words are changing the role of the
European Central Bank, Hungary’s constitution, migration policies and the dissemination of political culture around the world.
Also in this issue, This Century’s Review continues its cooperation with an artist. Following our previous collaborations with Clemens-Tobias Lange and conductor Paolo Manetti, we are honoured to feature photographs by Federico
Authors // biographies
Malcolm Coulthard - Emeritus Professor of Forensic Linguistics at the University of Aston and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil): Co-Writing Justice
Gábor Halmai - Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and professor of Law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest: Constitutionalism and Democracy. Hungary’s new Fundamental Law
Adamantia Karali Co-Writing Justice
Petra Hardt - Head of the Rights Department at Suhrkamp Verlag (Berlin): How a Publishing House Disseminates (Legal) Culture
Marta López Torres - Deputy Head of the Institutional Law Division at the European Central Bank: The Changing Lexicon of the European Central Bank
Frank Mc Namara - European University Institute: Do good fences make good neighbours?
Christoph Möllers - Professor of Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandeburg: Forms of the Possible – on Law and Literature
Iker Nabaskues - Professor of Philosophy of Law and Theory of Law at the University of the Basque Country: The Strange Case of Literature and Justice: Robert Louis Stevenson
Thomas Weitin - Professor of German Literature at the University of Konstanz: The Devil is in the Human Dignity: Goethe’s Faust
Collaboration with Federico Pacini
Federico Pacini, Untitled, 2012
The images appearing alongside the texts in the current issue of TCR are the work of the Tuscan photographer Federico Pacini.
“At first glance they seem to be random snippets of normal everyday life, shabby, even. The intention of these representations is not, however, to celebrate the beauty of banality (and even less so the banality of beauty): they are
simply chronicling a banality that exists around us, and which we cannot banish just because we wish to. It is a banality which is as much a part of us as it is of our field of vision.”
Luca Quattrocchi, Professor Contemporary Art History,
Federico Pacini (born 1977) has received numerous international awards. Amongst these, his book 0001735.tif was awarded a prize both at the 'IPA International Photography Awards' of 2009 (New York, Lincoln Centre), and at the 'Prix
de la Photographie de Paris' in 2010.
A CASTLE OF WORDS
‘Both the majesty and the misery of our societies are regulated by a castle made of words. Literary representations unashamedly expose the reality of human nature, while human dignity is grounded in our awareness of our limitations.
Legal systems evolve on the basis of an appropriate choice of words, and they reveal their strength or fragility by the same means. It is linguistic subtleties that change constitutions, amend migration policies and redefine the
role of institutions.’
Editorial, Issue 03
Laura Di Gregorio, Editor-in-chief
Photo: Serena Carloni
Veiling // Short story
This Century’s Review wishes to pay tribute to both literature and law with the publication of Veiling, a short story based on an illusory superimposition of emotional states and legal ploys.
“Random images, recorded who knows when and where on the Internet, were forming in the atmosphere. The air was stratifying in transparent curtains, overlapping like veils. Photos, emails, videos, ads, search engines, digital
encyclopedias were slipping into invisible interstices. Entire folders were refracted with varying intensity in no apparent order, sometimes just as faint glimmers, a blur indistinguishable from everyday reality, while others were
glowing figures which attached themselves to the real world, even supplanting it. The duration of the phenomenon was also unpredictable; it went from flashes lasting just a few seconds to effects continuing for minutes at a time. In
India, a lady in a field of pink flowers had seen a whale arching. Its large grey tail had sunk into an ocean which had appeared out of nowhere, whose waves submerged flowers and bushes, transforming them into a credible seascape.
The filming was an incomprehensible collage: the wind was blowing and the pink petals formed a cloud of plankton between the fins of the large, steel blue cetacean. The lady kept on filming – gasping in astonishment, she uttered no
words, just giggled occasionally – up until the moment she lowered her video camera and saw her shoes turning into a brood of luminous jellyfish. Terrible screams could be heard in the final moments of the video. The camera was then
thrown away, going off. Afterwards, the unfortunate lady recounted her ridiculous efforts to swim in the ocean depths. She jumped and flailed around in a field of flowers she could no longer see. She kept breathing like an awkward
amphibian, thrashing around while trying in vain to return to the surface. Her absurd gesticulations would have made her pass out had not the huge mass of water suddenly disappeared. A sound like that of an electrical switch put an
end to the projection, extinguishing any sidereal reflection and reverting to an unblemished vision of countless pink flowers…”
An extract from ‘Veiling’, by Laura Di Gregorio
A Castle of Words Issue 03
THE DRAMA OF LAW Issue 02
LEGAL AWARENESS Issue 01
THE DRAMA OF LAW
Issue 02, 84 pages, €10
Authors Issue 02 // biographies
Carlos Bernal - Senior lecturer at Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia): The Drama of the Law as a Collective Play
Anna Cento Bull - Professor of Italian History and Politics at the University of Bath, UK: The Limits of Retributive Justice in Italy: The Limits of Retributive Justice in Italy: The Outcomes of Recent Trials on Bombing Massacres Perpetrated in the Late 1960s and 1970s
Jean-Pierre Cassarino - Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute, Florence): Shaping Policy Perceptions: Revising the Migration Script
Magda Bianco - Head of the Law & Economics Research department at the Bank of Italy: Getting the Law Back to Work
Jakob Braeuer - Lawyer at Heller & Partner, Berlin, Joanna Warsza and Tea Tupajić - Curator for visual and performing art and architecture: Art Legally on the Edge
Ioanna Kondyli - Assistant Professor of Civil Law in Faculty of Law of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: Disability in Theatre and Law
Cledia Sedda - Actor and writer for theatre, cinema and radio:Caramel Jail, Personal Shopper for the Accused
Miriam Aziz - Visiting scholar at Cardozo Law School, New York: Lost for Words: Law as Tanztheater
Jean Paul Hernández - Jesuit and professor of theological anthropology at the Theological Faculty of Bologna: Job: God’s Accuser
Paolo Manetti - Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Ravenna: Truths of Faith
THE DRAMA OF LAW
The current issue of This Century’s Review draws back the curtain on excerpts from a Passion play. The Passion was the public execution of a death penalty – a gruesome spectacle still practised by humankind. Each of the following contributions will deal with some aspect of the drama of law, where drama is understood in the Greek sense of action. While it is true that the law is created by constitutional assemblies and parliaments, it is equally true that it regenerates itself constantly in its application to specific cases. It is implemented by individuals playing to a chorus that is neither imaginary nor fictitious, rather, that represents the collectivity itself. Humankind still requires the theatre, the persuasive force of gestures and dialectics, and the link between law and theatre remains binding. The law must always have a plot, not only in the trials carried out in the halls of justice.
The first issue of This Century’s Review claimed that law has an existential character. It is a preliminary choice that is part of our everyday lives. This view is now further underlined as it becomes clear that the application of a legal norm requires a dialectic awareness based on the need to select between available material and facts, as well as the ability to communicate one’s choices effectively. Legal procedures are norms that must be respected and nonetheless leave wide scope for action. It is in the actual implementation of the law that individuals recite their personal and unique monologues to the chorus. Each individual has a part in which she reconstructs her own version of events and her own arguments; she narrates her own reality and, in particular, seeks the consensus of the collectivity. The collectivity is not an impassive observer, but an active interlocutor who may or may not identify with the destiny of the individual. The collectivity is the recipient and at the same time the judge of the abstract legal norm.
The law is alive to the degree that it is perceived by public opinion, in interstate negotiations, by the media, by the national and international press, at conferences, in academic forums, in social networks and so forth. If the audience remains indifferent, the legal debate fails.
According to This Century’s Review, the legal debate shakes the very foundations of a society; it determines its values, its sense of security and its fears. It is a debate that may take a rational form, giving visibility to opposing opinions, but always has the creative force of the word. The law ensures that a flood of words, arguments and sentiments are channelled into legal procedures. It enhances their efficacy and shapes the destiny both of individual existences and of entire societies.
Editorial, Issue 02 Laura Di Gregorio
Collaboration with conductor Paolo Manetti
A Castle of Words Issue 03
THE DRAMA OF LAW Issue 02
LEGAL AWARENESS Issue 01
Issue 01, 56 PAGES, €10
"Rationality is a concept that ceases to appear utopian when we decide to achieve it." Editorial, Issue 01
"Legal debate has an existential character whatever the specific issues under analysis." Editorial, Issue 01
Photo: Dirk Vogel
Authors Issue 01
Mattias Kumm - Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center and Humboldt University in Berlin: Total Rights and the Banality of Injustice
Virgílio Afonso da Silva - Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of San Paolo: Discovering the Court: or, How Rights Awareness Puts the Brazilian Supreme Court in the Spotlight
Guilherme Leite Gonçalves - Research Fellow at the Free University in Berlin at Bremen University: Are We Aware of the Current Recolonisation of the South?
Edmund Boyo - Partner at Clifford Chance based in Frankfurt: The Increasing Demand for Infrastructure Financing
Mariella de Masellis - Counsellor for the Fourth Penal Section of the Corte d’Appello in Rome: How Judges Assess Fear
Winfried Bullinger - Lawyer at CMS Asche Sigle and Professor at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus: Copyright, Pirates and Internet
Simonetta Agnello Hornby - Writer and children’s lawyer in London: Traces of Awareness between Law and Literature
Klaus Walter - DJ and author in Frankfurt/Main: Get up, Stand up – Legal Awareness in Pop
Clemens-Tobias Lange - Artist working in Hamburg and Venice: Beyond the Visible
Collaboration with the artist
A gift with the first 400 copies:
Two original prints by the artist Clemens-Tobias Lange