The course aims at allowing students to independently analyse the role of law in films. On successful completion, students will be able to explore the manner in which the law is represented in film, critically analyse and assess this representation for accuracy, as well as evaluate the use of film for legislative reform.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francisco Maria Gil Fernandes Pereira Coutinho


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



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David A Black, Law in Film: Resonance and Representation, University of Illinois Press, 1999

Ross D Levi, The Celluloid Courtroom: A History of Legal Cinema, Praeger, 2005 

Steve Greenfield, Guy Osborn, and Peter Robson (eds), Film and the Law: The Cinema of Justice, Hart, 2010

Luis Berenguer Fuster e Pablo Fernández Carballo-Calero (coord.), Derecho Mercantil e Cine, Aranzadi, 2016

Teaching method

Movie screening is preceded by the framing by the Professor of the relevant legal/cinematographic issues raised in the film and followed by an hour Q & A on those issues with the students.  

Evaluation method

Reports (max. 1500 words) on legal questions raised in four movies. Attendance in mandatory (0,5 v. penalty for each absence).

Subject matter

The syllabus is consistent with the objectives of the curricular unit since it was designed to address a broad spectrum of legal issues raised in movies.



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