Introduction to Law and Love

Renata Grossi   | Bio
an interdisciplinary legal scholar with an interest in the area of law and love
Joshua Neoh | Bio
PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge as well as a Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University


The question of law and love has to be confronted in the soul (as a religious question), in the head (as a political question) and in the heart (as an existential question). This Special Issue of Law in Context tries to make a start in making sense of this multi-faceted question.


1 See, especially, Paul, Letter to the Romans (Revised Standard Version, 1946) and Paul, Letter to the Galatians (Revised Standard Version, 1946).
2 See, for example, Ed Sanders, Paul, the Law and the Jewish People (SCM Press, 1983).
3 See Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (Theodore Graebner trans, Zondervan Publishing House, 1949).
4 See Charles Taylor, ‘Cross-Purposes: The Liberal-Communitarian Debate’ in Nancy Rosenblum (ed), Liberalism and the Moral Life (Harvard University Press, 1989).
5 See, in particular, Simon May, Love a History (Yale University Press, 2011); Ulrich Beck & Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim, The Normal Chaos of Love (Polity, 1994); and Eva llouz, Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation (Polity, 2012).
6 Eva Illouz, Consuming the Romantic Utopia (University of California Press, 1997).
7 Irving Singer, The Nature of Love, vol 1-3, (Chicago University Press, 1984-1987).
8 The idea that romantic love is radical, liberating and modern has spread beyond western societies. It finds expression for example in challenges to common (mis)perceptions of arranged marriages in India. See Rochona Majumbar, Marriage and Modernity Family Values in Colonial Bengal (Duke University Press, 2009).
9 For a discussion of this, see the articles by Grossi and Neoh in this collection.
How to Cite
Grossi R, Neoh J. Introduction to Law and Love. LiC [Internet]. 2018Dec.19 [cited 2022Sep.28];34(1). Available from:

Send mail to Author

Send Cancel