26. July 2020 - 14:30 till 18:30
Online, Lismore
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2020 Law Winter School - The Rhetoric of Law | Sunday, 26. July 2020

The Rhetoric of Law (LAW71006)

26-29 July 2020


Explores the discursive conventions of Law, a discipline predicated on powerful narratives and solid rhetorical practices while simultaneously denying that it is anything other than the simple application of known and certain rules.

As Wetlaufer notes “Rhetoric offers us a set of tools for thinking about the discursive conventions within which we work”. Students will have the opportunity to explore Law’s rhetoric and the stories it tells about itself while developing their own rhetorical toolboxes, drawing upon classical traditions from Plato, Quintillian and Socrates to the new rhetoric identified by Chaim Perelman

Unit details: www.scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/units/law71006/2020/

Presenter: Dr Merran Lawler

Merran Lawler is the current Kaiarahi & National Advocate of Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga/National Network of Family Violence Services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She holds a BJuris and LLB from Monash University, Victoria, Australia and worked as a lawyer in community legal centres for over two decades, including seven years as the Director of Caxton Legal Centre in Brisbane and four years at the Convenor of the National Association of Community Legal Centres.

Merran formerly held the position of lecturer with Griffith University School of Law where she taught Introduction to Legal Writing, a course on Legal Rhetoric and a variety of other courses including. In 2011, she was the winner of the LexisNexis-ALTA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law (Early Career category).

Merran is passionate about the power of words and the ways in which law both constructs and denies the fictional narratives it tells about itself.