The Federation Press

Law and Love

With Michael Kirby on the Future of Law Schools


In our social imaginary, love has become the major existential goal of our times, which is capable of providing all of us with a sense of worth and a way of being in the world (Beck & Beck-Gernsheim, 1995). Love has become our ‘ultimate source of meaning and happiness’: it is a ‘gift’ that affirms the beloved and transforms us to a higher state of being (May, 2011).

In our political imaginary, law has become our highest political ideal. Life with the rule of law marks us out as a civilized nation and people. Liberal citizenship is defined by one’s belief in the rule of law. No event, actor or claim escapes the rule of law – there is no field of life in which law has not or cannot enter (Kahn, 2000).

This special issue aims to explore the intersection of the ideal of love in our social imaginary and the rule of law in our political imaginary. Further it aims to reflects on the ways in which law understands and interacts with love, and gives and takes meanings from love, and vice-versa.

Table of Contents

Part 1 – Special Issue: Law and Love

Introduction to Law and Love
Renata Grossi and Joshua Neoh

Jurisprudence of Love in Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Joshua Neoh

Orpheus and the Law: The Story of Myrrha in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Ioannis Ziogas

Which Love in Law? Zenon Bankowski and the Meaning of Love
Renata Grossi

Gay Lotharios and Innocent Eves: Child Maintenance, Masculinities and the Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage in Colonial Australia
Alecia Simmonds

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Unconscionable Conduct, Emotional Dependence, and the ‘Clouded Judgment’ Cases
Dilan Thampapillai

Between Love of Revolution and Hatred of Injustice, or, The Erotic Jurisprudence of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
Luis Gómez Romero

Part 2 – Essay: Unmet Needs For Legal Services in Australia

Unmet Needs for Legal Services in Australia: Ten Commandments for Australian Law Schools
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

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