My current research is on the aesthetics of law.
I assess the extent to which aesthetic means, criteria, and mediatisations are necessary justificatory components of the legitimacy of democratic legal systems. This includes not only mere decorative aspects of political and legal representation but also the means through which political and legal ideas are formed, expressed, and represented as well as the elements that ground the sense of justice and intuitive judgements of legal practitioners.
"If direct laws and precedents be wanting, imperfect and indirect ones are brought in aid; and the controverted case is ranged under them, by analogical reasonings and comparisons, and similitudes, and correspondencies, which are often more fanciful than real. In general, it may safely be affirmed, that jurisprudence is, in this respect, different from all the sciences; and that in many of its nicer questions, there cannot properly be said to be truth or falsehood on either side. If one pleader bring the case under any former law or precedent, by a refined analogy or comparison; the opposite pleader is not at a loss to find an opposite analogy or comparison: And the preference given by the judge is often founded more on taste and imagination than on any solid argument."
(David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, 1751)
With contributions by: Gertrude Lübbe-Wolff, Dietmar von der Pfordten, Hilge Landweer, Julia Hänni, Andreas von Arnauld, Levno von Plato, Ludger Schwarte, Laura Münkler, Eva Schürmann, Stefan Machura, Eberhard Ortland, Jörn Reinhardt