Resource Spotlight: Law and Law Breaking in Game of Thrones


The new season of Game of Thrones is less than a month away! A couple years ago, Jen (reluctantly) ordered me one of my favourite items in our collection: a short special edition from Lexis on Law and Law Breaking in Game of Thrones. The book contains a series of essays analyzing some of the legal issues brought up in the TV show.

From dispute resolution (trial by combat) to patents (wildfire) to laws of succession, this book is definitely a fun break from your regular reading.

Here are the titles of the essays included:

  • Engagement, authenticity, and resistance : using Game of thrones in teaching law / Mary Heath and Sal Humphreys
  • ‘You will never walk again … but you will fly’ : human augmentation in the known world / Catherine Easton
  • ‘Nothing burns like the cold’ : except for wildfire : how patents could win the game of thrones / Catherine Bond and Stephanie Crosbie
  • And the gods will judge : trial by combat in Game of thrones / John G. Browning and Amanda C. Brown
  • Arbitration by combat / Michael Smith and Raj Shah
  • Exploring imaginative legal history : the legalism of the House Stark in the Game of thrones / Jaakko Husa
  • ‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die’ : concepts of justice in George R.R. Martin’s A song of ice and fire / Alyce McGovern, Jenny Wise and Nathan Wise

As a former medieval studies major, I especially enjoyed reading about the history of trials by combat and how they evolved, versus how they are portrayed in the show.

If you need to tide yourself over until the new season, you can find this book on our New Books shelf in the library!

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