chapter  5
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Personal jurisdiction and legal persons: the end of life

In this chapter, and Chapters 6 and 7, we extend our consideration of the relations between the authority of law and the modes of authorisation of law. In doing this, we consider jurisdiction as an activity or practice: a way of articulating (expressing) and conducting lawful relations. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 take the form of studies into how we can think with jurisdiction. In turn, each addresses a specific mode of jurisdictional practice. This chapter addresses persons, and how a jurisdiction crafts persons and personal relations. Chapter 6 looks at places, and Chapter 7 addresses events. Here, as elsewhere in this book, we are more concerned with questions that take the form ‘Who?’ and ‘How?’ rather than ‘What?’. Concentrating on these questions will allow us to link the practice of jurisdiction to the substantive creation and arrangement of those lawful relations – new aspirations for law often require different forms and styles of jurisdictional practice. It also allows us to consider the forms of responsibility carried by such practices. This latter point we pick up particularly in Chapter 8.