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Carla Faralli

Emeritus Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Adjunct professor

Department of Legal Studies

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Keywords: Philosophy of Law New Rights and New Technologies Bioethics and Biolaw Law and Gender Law and Literature

1) History of legal philosophy

2) Contemporary philosophy of law

3) Ethics and biolaw

4) Feminist theories and law

5) Law and literature

Some of the new challenges in contemporary legal philosophy relate to the impact that information technology and biotechnology are having on both law and rights. Of central concern under the first heading is the question of the relation between law and morals, and under the second heading that of whether we should expand the classes of rights-holders or extend the basic menu of rights, or both.

The reflection that women have devoted to law over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st century has brought to light the need to question the traditional legal concepts based on equality and reframe the issues in terms of gender, class, race, cultural, and religious differences, especially among women. Here the intersection between feminist theory and the law develops into an effort to construct an ethics of care and responsibility recognizing the specific ways in which women approach moral problems — an approach that may serve as a useful basis on which to arrive at judicial decisions and design public policy.

Finally, the revival of Law and Literature has contributed significantly to disciplines like the philosophy, sociology, and history of law. There are two main ways in which this coupling of law and literature can be worked out: we have law IN literature and law AS literature. The first of these two perspectives involves a literary exploration of law; the second offers a way to observe law and literature in action.