Associate Professor Peter Rush
Considerable jurisprudential and scholarly effort has been directed to the technologies of sight and of sound and their contemporary iterations in, for example, body worn cameras, visual evidence, drone warfare, not to mention facial recognition and other modes of identify formation. In this talk, my focus is on the judgment of confessions and its associated "monitory' jurisdiction. I draw on my current research on the audio-visual recording of police interrogations in Australia and Japan, especially in murder cases. In doing so, I give an account of the ways in which institutions of criminal law train us to see, hear and feel the truth of who did what to whom, when and where. The talk frames the legal responses to coercive examination and police interrogations in three main ways: the atmospheres of the place and reception of confessional speech; the transformation of confessions within an audio-visual rhetoric of circumstantial evidence; and the stylistic transformation of police interrogation from confrontation to interview and conversation. What are the conditions through which accusation and judgment are brought into legal relation?
About the speaker
Peter D Rush is Director of International Criminal Justice and Associate Professor in the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. His scholarship concerns criminal law, jurisprudence and the humanities. He is the author of several books and articles, as well as photographic essays and a film. Current projects include criminal law in Japan, lives lived with law, architecture and image in international criminal justice, and legal place-making.
About the seminar
Associate Professor Peter Rush will present his Law Futures Seminar at the Griffith Law School (N61) Nathan campus with a videolink to the Griffith Law School (G36) Gold Coast campus. When registering for this seminar, please indicate in your email which campus you will be attending.
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