Embodying law in the garden: An autoethnographical account of an office of law

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Based on an autoethnographical study of the office of the tingsnotarie this article questions the relation between the ethical self and the act of taking up a judicial office, employing the question of how I can live with (my) law. While the office and the ethical self are kept apart, often by recourse to persona, I make a case for the attendance to the self in examinations of ethical responsibility when pursuing an office of law. I propose that the garden, and in particular the
practices and notions of (en)closure, (loss of) direction, cultivation, (dis)order, authorship and care-for-the-other which are all part of the gardener’s everyday life and vocation, offers critical insights when thinking through the embodiment of law and the relationship between the ethical self and the office.


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  • Law


  • jurisprudence, allmän rättslära, Lund District Court, Lunds tingsrätt, tingsnotarie, Harrison Robert Pogue, garden theory, garden, embodiment of law, spatial justice, autoethnography, persona, self, subject, ethical responsibility, office of law, juridical office
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-45
JournalAustralian Feminist Law Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch