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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Shakespeare and the Law Moot, Inner Temple

This should be a fascinating event on March 15th

"Measure for Measure on trial: Bear witness to a mock Shakespearean court case as King's students and distinguished guests present their arguments"

"On Tuesday 15 March students from The Dickson Poon School of Law and King's Department of English will perform a Shakespearean trial based on Measure for Measure at Inner Temple. The distinguished arbitrators will be Lord Judge, Lady Justice Arden and Executive Dean Professor David D Caron. The event, which is open to the public as well as King's staff and students, concludes the Shakespeare & the Law module jointly taught by The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Department of English. 

Lorenzo Zucca, Professor in Law & Philosophy and joint leader of the Shakespeare & the Law module explains:

'This will be more than a simple moot, it will be a full blown Shakespearean trial of one of Shakespeare’s most important texts on justice, law and mercy. The trial will feature three judges, a jury, four advocates, the defendants – Angelo & the Duke Vincentio, as well as a number of witnesses that will give evidence before the court. Measure for Measure questions the role and virtues of a judge and of a ruler. When a city precipitates into anarchy due to the lax attitude of the administration, someone will have to bring the order back by resuscitating the laws, but a middle way between leniency and strictness is very difficult to achieve, and Angelo shows that too much rigour cannot be the cure for disorder. Neither is too much leniency as that reiterates the same old problems. So what is the happy medium? And are rulers to be held responsible for letting the city fall into corruption?'."

Note also, Henry V at Christchurch Priory, Dorset, 20 April, 2016

Posting, Before the Wall came down

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