Visualizing Law

Visual digital technologies are having a profound impact on the practice and theory of law, according to BC Law alumnus Richard Sherwin, a professor at New York Law School and author of the new book, Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque. According to Sherwin: Lawyers, judges, and lay jurors face a vast array of visual evidence and visual argument. From videos documenting crimes and accidents to computer displays of their digital simulation, increasingly, the search for fact-based justice inside the courtroom is becoming an offshoot of visual meaning making. What is real, and what is simulation? Left unchecked, this condition of ontological and ethical uneasiness threatens the legitimacy of law’s claim to power.
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