Giudici ‘di carta’ e giudici ‘di ferro’. L’immagine della giustizia amministrata nella letteratura ottocentesca

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Literature – particularly Nineteenth Century novels – provides us with a wide range of exemplary narratives about what the administration of justice should NOT be. As such, and through its vivid representation of the negative consequences of various kinds of ‘injustice’ on the lives and sufferings of ‘concrete’ people, it appears more effective than any abstract course on legal ethics in offering to legal practitioners (be they judges, prosecutors, lawyers, or police officers) a guide to a responsible and ‘human’ approach to law and its application. More specifically, three typologies of ineffective and unjust administration of justice are examined through the paper: bureaucratization, corruption, and formalistic application of laws grounded in violence and absolute power. Finally, individual adaptations to unjust legal systems are briefly discussed, such as revenge and self-administered justice, on one hand, and empathy, compassion and benevolence, on the other.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Paper judges and iron judges. The image of justice administered in nineteenth-century literature
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteGiustizia e letteratura III
Numero di pagine32
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016


  • Law and Literature
  • bureaucracy
  • burocrazia
  • corruption
  • corruzione
  • criminal law
  • criminal proceedings
  • deontologia
  • diritto penale
  • giustizia
  • justice
  • law and literature
  • legal ethics
  • processo penale
  • violence
  • violenza


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