Des-compositions du droit

Upcoming art exhibit asks “Is it possible to paint the law?”

Is a human body a thing? Can it be owned? What happens to it when it dies? These are complex questions that law seeks to answer through language and abstract concepts. Ms. Dadbin explores these abstractions as she translates the language of law into the language of visual art, leading us towards a new understanding of law and our relationship with it.

This exhibition of oil paintings is the first milestone in the development of a current of thought that aims to make art a new vector for legal research and teaching.

After this inaugural showing in Ottawa, the exhibit will next appear in Paris in 2024.

This exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the University of Ottawa’s Civil Section de droit civil, the Chaire-miroir Ottawa-Lyon, the Observatoire pluridisciplinaire sur le devenir du droit privé and the Université catholique de Lille’s Centre de recherche sur les relations entre les risques et le droit.

Dilara Dadbin is a lawyer and artist who works with universities, law firms and various international institutions to explore and practice her unique combination of art and law.

Mariève Lacroix is a Full Professor in the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, whose research interests include private law and comparative law, with a specific focus on the topics of civil liability, fundamental human rights, and the legal status of the human body after death.

Alicia Mâzouz holds a doctorate in private law and is a lecturer at the Université catholique de Lille. Her research focuses on the link between the human body and the law, the sources of law, and the tension between law and new technologies.

Date and time
Oct 11, 2023
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This event is open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.
General public
Organized by
Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section