Shakespeare and the Law

The Faculty of Humanities (Dept. of English, Germanic and Romance Studies) and The Faculty of Law (Centre of Studies of Legal Culture) have the pleasure of inviting you to a symposium on Shakespeare and the Law.

Time: Monday 28 November 2016, 16:00 - 18:00

Place: Main Auditorium (Room 23.0.50)Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen South Campus, Njalsgade 126, 2300 København S



  • Richard Weisberg, Cardozo School of Law: 'To Know it is not always to Love it: Shakespeare and the Law'
  • Charles Lock, University of Copenhagen:   'Performing the Performative: Swearing by Shakespeare'
  • Presentation of a new edition of August Goll's classic, Forbrydertyper hos Shakespeare (Criminal Types in Shakespeare), first issued in 1905.

Moderator: Professor Ditlev Tamm, Faculty of Law

The Ernst Andersen and Tove Dobel Andersen Foundation will host a reception.

Richard Weisberg is an eminent scholar in the cross-disciplinary study of law and literature. He has developed some of the founding theories and concepts in the field and in his frequently cited books has shed new light on literary classics, including Shakespeare. Among his books are The Failure of the Word: the Protagonist as Lawyer in Modern Fiction (1984),  Poethics and other strategies of Law and Literature(1992), Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France (1996) and In Praise of Intransigence: The Perils of Flexibility (2014).  Richard Weisberg is a guest of the Faculty of Law and it is a great pleasure for our two faculties at the University of Copenhagen to be jointly hosting Professor Weisberg at this symposium.

Everyone is welcome. Please use this registration form no later than the Friday 25 November 2016, 12:00.