Geography Compass recently published Jo Hynes, Nick Gill, and Joe Tomlinson, in an article titled “In defence of the hearing? Emerging geographies of publicness, materiality, access and communication in court hearings” in the political geography section of the journal. Jo, Nick, and Joe reflect on recent developments towards Alternative Dispute Resolution and Online Dispute Resolution in justice systems, which are at present fundamentally changing the relationship between space and law, and which are yet to be significantly explored in the relevant political-geographical literature. The abstract for their article can be found below, and the full article here.
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.