30 Pages


Walking with empire

This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on Anglo-Australian common law, and how to live with this law, as one way of addressing a contemporary form of colonial legal inheritance. It develops the argument that common law moves through technologies of jurisdiction and raises the legal, ethical and political challenge of how to move well. The book explores the movement of walking as a technical and material practice; a productive activity that moves in place. It is concerned with the office of jurist and its relation to common law: a relation of responsibility. The book considers the importance of movement for the jurist in office and in doing so, raises some issues with the technical forms and material practices of Anglo-Australian common law. It conceptually links jurisdiction to movement, which it does by creating what is described as 'a minor jurisprudence of movement'.