Abstract

Law and images are generally regarded as two separate areas. Yet, in many ways law and images intersect, such as when legal rules try to control the production, dissemination and consumption of images, and when law is the subject of images. In parallel to the well-established “law and literature”, the paper attempts to connect two fields of research, law studies and visual studies, that are usually disjointed, and it outlines what could be an area of interdisciplinarity research labelled “law and images”. The article explains how images work to the readers not familiar with visual sciences, and how normative prohibitions and commandments function to readers not familiar with law studies. In addition, the article provides a survey of the different issues raised when studying the complex relationship between law and images.

In: Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

Abstract

Law and images are generally regarded as two separate areas. Yet, in many ways law and images intersect, such as when legal rules try to control the production, dissemination and consumption of images, and when law is the subject of images. In parallel to the well-established “law and literature”, the paper attempts to connect two fields of research, law studies and visual studies, that are usually disjointed, and it outlines what could be an area of interdisciplinarity research labelled “law and images”. The article explains how images work to the readers not familiar with visual sciences, and how normative prohibitions and commandments function to readers not familiar with law studies. In addition, the article provides a survey of the different issues raised when studying the complex relationship between law and images.

In: Law and Images
Law and images are generally not regarded as having much in common, since law is based on textual and images are based on visual information. The paper demonstrates that quite to the contrary, legal norms can be understood as models of intended moral behaviour and hence as images, in the same way as images can be said to have a normative and hence regulatory effect. Following an interdisciplinary approach along the lines of cultural research, the paper explains how images “function” to lawyers and how the law “works” to those trained in the visual sciences. In addition, laying the foundations for a research field “Law and Images” in parallel to the well-established “Law and Literature”, the paper describes the main avenues for future research in this field. Also, the paper contains a brief systematization of images in law, of law and for law.