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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Perlin on Bob Dylan on Criminal Law

Perlin Michael L. Perlin (New York Law School) has posted Tangled Up in Law: The Jurisprudence of Bob Dylan on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

A a careful examination of Bob Dylan’s lyrics reveals a writer - a scholar - with a well-developed jurisprudence, ranging over a broad array of topics that relate to civil and criminal law, public and private law. His lyrics reflect the work of a thinker who takes “the law” seriously in multiple iterations - the role of lawyers, the role of judges, the disparities between the ways the law treats the rich and the poor, the inequality of the criminal and civil justice systems, the corruption of government, the police, and the judiciary, and more. In this paper, I seek to create a topography of Dylan-as-jurisprudential scholar, and will seek to do this by looking at selected Dylan songs in these discrete areas of law (and law-and-society):
• Civil rights
• Inequality of the criminal justice system
• Institutions
• Governmental/judicial corruption
• Equality and emancipation (political and economic)
• Poverty, the environment, and Inequality of the civil justice system, and
• The role of lawyers and the legal process.

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