Last night UWO Law hosted a presentation by law and undergraduate students of the trial scene from Merchant of Venice. Following the play, an appeal was heard to the Western Law Moot Court, featuring an all-star line-up.
The bench in the appeal consisted of Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Eileen Gillese of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Antoni Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Professor James Purkis from the Department of English at Western and legal journalist and author Jeffrey Miller.
Prof. Stephen Pitel said,
There are great connections between law, literature, and drama. The common law is based on a strong narrative tradition and the courtroom is often compared to a theatre. So pairing appellate advocacy and Shakespeare has tremendous potential.
Now I did manage to get some clips of the event, though the resolution is poor and I missed major parts of it. But I’m working on a student budget here, and I’m still certain that the numerous references to Facebook, Twitter, legal aid certificates, and circumcision (I kid you not), will still leave you amused and entertained. Not only did this event reach its potential, it exceeded it by far.
And without further ado, here is the appeal of Shylock’s judgment, after some 411 years: