chapter  8
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Conclusions: responsibility and the forms of law

In an idiomatic sense, jurisdiction offers us the means and manner of articulating and expressing lawful relations. In this final chapter, we return to the offices of jurist, jurisprudent and critic in order to deepen the account of responsibility for the form of law. The critical approach to law presented here has been shaped around the ways in which it is possible to take responsibility for law by attending to the practices of jurisdiction. In particular we have paid attention to the ways in which thinking with jurisdiction through office shapes the forms of engagement of lawful relations. In doing so, we have not presented a general theory of law, or of jurisdiction, rather we have marshalled the repertoires of jurisdiction into a form of jurisprudence – a way of approaching law as a technology or as a material engagement of lawful relations.