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For The Manufacturing of Rights, Council aims at producing an online platform as one outcome of the inquiry and colloquium. In its ideal version, the online platform would serve diverse users, who may include researchers, advocates, and citizens, around the world, in their efforts to identify, understand, and formulate arguments around and against contra naturam statutes. What will it contain? The tool will contain a database of all the countries wherein contra naturam laws are in force; statutory texts; judicial documents, including court opinions and briefs; and the scholarly and artistic products of the symposium. What will it enable? Users will be able to mobilize research, legal strategies, and advocacy tactics across jurisdictions. Users will be able to navigate the database materials according to numerous filters, including geography, keyword, and provenance (i.e., the historical origin of the law in question). Whom will it enable? In designing the tool, Council has prioritized the purposes of researchers and advocates with knowledge of these laws. However, as far as possible, we would also like the tool to serve other audi- ences, including non-legal professionals and lay users. What goals and values guide the design and construction of the platform? Endorsing the hybridity of this tool, Council relies on the input of diverse individuals with local and specific knowledge, to be indispensable. And we hope that the symposium in Beirut from May 14 - 16, 2015, will facilitate such a process.

What follows is a series of sketches for the online platform, which together illustrate an initial vision for it.1 Our collective task is to render this initial vision in richer and more definitive form, by debating the platform in full, that is, its proper content, functionality, audience, mechanism of moderation, etc.2

A first mode of navigation proposes a “geo-history” of the penal code, showing its colonial origin and dissemination until present. On a timeline, the platform presents all countries that currently share the same “act against Nature” provision, discarding number of countries that removed this law from their penal code.

A second mode of navigation is based on a corpus of keywords extracted from the penal codes statutes of each countries. Based on legal cases studies shared by different contributors, non-legal keywords will be selected and added to the platform to create a more diverse and contemporary corpus.

A third mode of navigation can list the countries based on the colonial heritage of their penal codes. We count three countries of origins (French, British and Portuguese) which have influence one another.

Keywords and geographies are two complementary ways to filter jurisprudences and cases studies. A user can access cases of various origins and refine an argumentation based on the specificity of a country or a notion.

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  • Council

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  • David Kim

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  • May 5, 2015

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  • Online

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

1. Sandra Terdjman, Grégory Castéra, David Kim and Youmna Makhlouf lead the Workshop for the Online Data Platform on the final day of "The Manufacturing of Rights" conference
2. Youmna Makhlouf at the Workshop for the Online Data Platform
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