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Arcs of Global JusticeEssays in Honour of William A. Schabas$
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Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190272654.001.0001

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Law and Film

Law and Film

Curating Rights Cinema

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(p.501) 25 Law and Film
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Arcs of Global Justice
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Emma Sandon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190272654.003.0026

This chapter reflects on Professor William Schabas’s use of film in teaching human rights from a session he runs entitled: ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Cinematographic Perspective’, at the annual Cinema and Human Rights Summer School. It contextualises Schabas’s approach within legal pedagogy as well as in relation to legal and cultural studies scholarship on law and film. It covers some of the relevant debates on the interdisciplinary encounter of law and film, which point to both its discursive limitations and epistemological insights. The chapter argues that Schabas’s practice of mobilising film to frame legal considerations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be recognised as curatorial. His engagement encourages his students to think about not only law in film, but also about a jurisprudence that uses cinema to engage in the imaginative and utopian dimensions of justice.

Keywords:   advocacy, cinema, evidence, film, image, justice, law, narrative, rights, witness

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