Monday, October 30, 2006

Law and Order: Battlestar Galactica Edition

Cross-posted at The Debate Link

Chris Borgen thinks Battlestar is ripe for legal analysis (akin to that accorded to Star Trek or perhaps Harry Potter).

I don't watch the show, but I actually do think he's on to something. I wrote in my very first post here that legal scholars should pay more attention to how law is perceived by those unschooled in law. As Borgen notes, literature (defined broadly here--film, TV, etc. counts) can give interesting counter-factuals that press us on some of our important moral (including legal) commitments. As for myself, I'm interested in what issues are not interrogated, what aspects of human interaction, society, structure, etc. are taken to be so fundamental that they are just assumed even in worlds that are otherwise taken to be wildly different. In Harry Potter, for example, the presence of Christianity is very revealing given the great pains Rowling takes to separate the Muggle and Wizarding world.

So, do any of my lovely cohorts have the opening salvo in the emerging Law and BSG genre?


Anonymous Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

Kevin Heller at Opinio Juris has a post titled 'Genocide and Battlestar Galactica':

I've never seen the show, but it seems quite a few others with interest in the law have (as you imply here).

11/20/2006 10:27 AM  

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