Let me tell you a story about the relationship between law and landscape. This story has a protagonist (a lawyer) and a setting (landscape). The lawyer comes to the landscape laden with predispositions, viewpoints, culture. Most importantly, the lawyer stands before the landscape after having made two decisive, albeit difficult decisions. The first decision was to become a lawyer; the second, to orient herself, or to be oriented, before a particular landscape. Would it be a wild, uncultivated scene or an industrial centre? Would it be a slum or an affluent suburb? Would it be a business centre or a rural backwater? These decisions, in combination with the supposedly pre-determined properties of the personal, are understood to set the lawyer upon a particular path.
Recommended CitationJohns, F. E., Private law, public landscape: troubling the grid, Law Text Culture, 9, 2005.