International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

Palazzo del Rettorato, via Po 17, Turin

September 19, 2019

September 20, 2019

Legal normativity is nowadays characterized by many forms. Multi‐level governance amplifies this attitude: there are different judges, different courts, and many codes (aesthetic, digital, etc) can now be recalled as valid arguments in legal reasoning.

The 2019 Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law addresses this plural and many‐sided attitude of legal discourse from the perspective of the interpreter of the legal text. What is the role of reasonableness in legal hermeneutics today?

Against this background, the conference will address issues such as: can algorithms be considered as the new topoi of legal science? How are legal semiotics and legal rhetorics interconnected? Is there still room for pathos and ethos within a reasoning that makes reference to big data? Therefore, and, most importantly: how are legal and non‐legal semiotics connected today? And can this relationship be traced back to antiquity?