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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Law and Law Breaking in the Game of Thrones Law

If you need a fun break from your more serious writing, and you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, here is a call for papers from the editors of the Media and Arts Law Review in Australia. What angle would you take?

Posted by Orly Lobel on September 4, 2014 at 09:09 PM | Permalink


Adding a different angle on Nona's "Red Wedding" reference, what about comparing the GoT custom of being prohibited from harming or threatening a guest that accepts hospitality with state stand-your-ground laws that eliminate the duty to retreat when you are somewhere you have a right to be?

Posted by: Guest | Sep 8, 2014 10:29:51 AM

Sounds like Prof. Charli Carpenter territory.

Posted by: Joe | Sep 5, 2014 1:48:33 PM

The international law options are endless. Just war theory (was Dani justified in killing surrendered combatants?) The creation, evolution, destruction of customary international law (Red Wedding, of course). The role of international trade (ie the role of the Iron Bank).

Posted by: Nona | Sep 5, 2014 12:08:33 PM


By Hodor

[The article itself would be easy to write and short, if repetitive.]

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Sep 5, 2014 11:36:52 AM

There's a decent paper in there about the circumstances under which oathbreaking is legally excusable (e.g., John Snow breaking his chastity pledge with Ygrette). You could pull in legal concepts like self defense or necessity, and perhaps even look at what the Talmud has to say about when you can break dietary restrictions, etc.

Posted by: Failed Academic Wannabe | Sep 5, 2014 11:27:35 AM

I thought you could see attorney conflicts of interest in the trial by battle between the Mountain and the Viper. Martel's desire to get a confession about his sister's murder caused him not to focus only on winning the battle (the best thing for his "client") and caused him to do something stupid and lose the battle, losing the "case" for his client and costing him his freedom.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Sep 5, 2014 11:04:51 AM

I would start with the interview I did with GRRM on this very topic! :)

Posted by: dave hoffman | Sep 5, 2014 10:23:10 AM

The most obvious issue of law in the series is one that isn't relevant to most modern governments anymore: succession and legitimacy.

Posted by: AndyK | Sep 5, 2014 9:57:19 AM

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