chapter  1
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Introduction

We will have lived in a world of jurisdiction. We are brought into life and set in motion according to the authority of law, our conduct is shaped according to civil order, and our conscience created and turned to political faith in law and community. Jurisdictional thinking, so to speak, gives legal form to life and life to law. In the world of St Augustine, it gives us the structure of our existence. In the idioms of European traditions of law we cannot move but for the work of jurisdiction. Our deaths, too, will be marked by questions of jurisdiction and care of law (or its lack).