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Is the personal legal?: Anthropological approaches to lived law 
Raúl Márquez Porras (University of Barcelona)
Elena Mamoulaki (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences)
Lidia Montesinos Llinares (University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU)
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Ignasi Terradas (Universitat de Barcelona)
Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

We want to analyse, from an empirical stance, social and lived dimensions of legal activity. Issues such as the moral biases that pervade legal operators' work, "lay" understandings of laws, or the unexpected repercussions of legal devices. As a way of challenging legal positivism.

Long Abstract:

Taking our inspiration from the iconic phrase "The personal is political", this panel intends to bring the examination of the subjective experience and interpretation of the law to the center of contemporary legal anthropological scholarship. We suggest "lived law" in order to examine the consequences of law implementation on individuals and groups, emphasising empirical and tangible dimensions rather than symbolic or ideological ones. Starting from a lived law perspective also allows us to develop a critical look at state justice systems and the positivist conception of law: on the fiction of a perfect legal technique, whose laws produce exactly what they were designed for; on the problems of ignoring the bias that pervade all social actors' activity; or on the problems of addressing demands for justice through strictly bureaucratic processes.

We seek to bring together scholars who approach law and legal processes from the point of view of the subjective experience in order to understand, on the one hand, the actual impact of law and its procedures; to what extent the application of a legal device corresponds to what is theorised; or what sociological effects, in a broad sense, provoke legal activity. We invite the presentation of case studies that analyse in specific contexts how lay people/groups understand and apply specific laws; how legal operators are influenced by moralities and extralegal factors; and studies that explore the forms and places where law emerges from all this complexity, while critically analysing the social and lived repercussions of how justice is administered.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -