The example of undressing: Obnubilations on the empty space of the rule

Peter Goodrich

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Abstract

The legal example is used in large part to dress the rule. A naked norm, for common lawyers, is simply an abstraction, an umbrageous nebulosity that needs its particulars, its cases, to have meaning, impact and thought. Using the paradoxical example of nakedness the essay examines the inability of British and European courts candidly to address the undressed. Nakedness is here examined as an instance of undressing the law, of stripping and streaking the norm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-422
Number of pages14
JournalLaw and Literature
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2018

Keywords

  • Contempt of court
  • Example
  • Habitus and habit
  • Human rights
  • Limits of law
  • Public order
  • Rule
  • Stephen gough

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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