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In Defence of the Hearing? Emerging Geographies of Publicness, Materiality, Access and Communication in Court Hearings

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JournalGeography Compass
DateSubmitted - 27 Nov 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 11 Mar 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2020
DatePublished (current) - Sep 2020
Issue number9
Volume14
Early online date31/03/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The shift towards dispute resolution taking place outside traditional legal arenas is fundamentally changing the relationship between space and law, presenting legal geography with pressing new research opportunities. This paper explores how the emerging geographies of publicness, materiality, access to justice and communication shed light on the consequences of alternative and online dispute resolution. Crucially, these consequences raise urgent interdisciplinary questions for geography and law. We set out these questions and suggest that legal geography will be best placed to address them by working through some of the practical, applied ramifications of its concepts and perspectives.

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