Law and Literature

Elective course, permanent education for laywers and other projects

About Law and Literature

Law and Literature is about reflection on (core) principles in the law from great literary works (so-called ‘great books’). It departs from the core idea that literary works have (partly) shaped law and civilisation. In other words: that literature can help us reflect on law and morality. Works including the law and literature canon are, for example, the Oresteia (Aischylos), Antigone (Sophocles), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare) but also the Bible. Nowadays these works are complemented by more modern literature.

Law and Literature Leiden (2016-2018)

As one of the founders, Michael Klos was involved in the launch of the platform. The first lecture took place on 23 September 2016. The initiative attracted a lot of attention from both lawyers and non-lawyers. In addition to a public (free) lecture series, the platform also focused on research activities.

Utopias and dystopias

In the academic year, 2017/2018 Michael Klos and Gelijn Molier organised a lecture series on Utopias and dystopias. In this series, Klos lectures on We by Zamjatin titled The totalitarian utopia of mathematics.

Law and Literature

Education at Leiden University

Since the academic year 2016/2017, Michael Klos teaches ‘Law and Literature’ courses. Since the 2018/2019 academic year, Klos is the coordinator of the elective course at Leiden University in which students reflect on the rule of law and democracy from literary works