Schreber's Law

Jurisprudence and Judgment in Transition

Peter Goodrich

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Reappraises – and reinstates – the jurisprudence of Judge Schreber, looking beyond his mental health to his distinguished contribution to legal theory

Daniel Paul Schreber (1842–1911) was a senior German judge and jurist. He formulated a unique juridical theology of private life and developed a critical account of oikonomia, the practice of governance and administration. But his theoretical work was largely ignored due to his mental illness and his desire to be a woman in a time inhospitable to transitions. Now, Schreber’s Law looks beyond Judge Schreber's mental health to his reappraise his distinguished contribution to legal theory.

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List of Figures
Preface and Credits
1. Introduction: on the Case
2. Miscarriages of Transmission: Body, Text and Method
3. Silencing Schreber: Freud, Lacan, Rejection and Foreclosure
4. Morbus Juridicus: Crisis and Critique of Law
5. Impure Law: The Metaphysics of Play-With-Human-Beings
6. The Judge’s New Body: Am I that (Woman)?
7. Conclusion: Laughing in the Void

About the Author

Professor Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, New York. He is the author of The Scene of the Mass Crime: History, Film and International Tribunals (with Christian Delage). Routledge, 2013 and Legal Emblems and the Art of Law: Obiter Depicta as the Vision of Governance. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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