Comments

This chapter appears in Stories About Science in Law: Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise (Ashgate 2011)

Abstract

This is the introductory chapter of Stories About Science in Law: Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise (Ashgate, 2011), explaining that the book presents examples of how literary accounts can provide a supplement to our understanding of science in law. Challenging the view that law and science are completely different, I focus on stories that explore the relationship between law and science, and identify cultural images of science that prevail in legal contexts. In contrast to other studies on the transfer and construction of expertise in legal settings, the book considers the intersection of three interdisciplinary projects-- law and science, law and literature, and literature and science--in an effort to reimagine the use of science in the courtroom and in policy and regulatory settings.

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Environmental Law | Evidence | Health Law and Policy | Law and Society | Medical Jurisprudence | Science and Technology Law

Date of this Version

August 2011