2 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 395 (1995)
Ms. Darian-Smith explores the relationship between law and the
concept of "landscapes, "which she describes as the spatial imagery
through which law is conceived and from which it draws meaning.
She first defines the complex and historically rich concept of the
"garden image," both in general and as it is seen in (and by)
England, its people, and its surrounding political, cultural, and
spatial contexts. In general terms, the garden image is injected into
issues of environmental law. Further, she notes that the garden has
been a fluid, ever-changing concept for England's society and its
developing legal system. Specifically, Darian-Smith focuses on a
recent development regarding the interaction between the law, the
garden, and spatial imagery in England: she argues that the new
Channel Tunnel between England and France undermines
England's identity as an island nation, in effect physically and
symbolically severing its claim as the bounded "Garden of
England." Such a development, Darian-Smith argues, is a symbol
of the eroding of an English identity traditionally thought to be
distinct and separate from Europe and its influences, a notion
analogous to the way European Community law and English law
have been meshed together in environmental issues.
"Legal Imagery in the "Garden of England","
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/ijgls/vol2/iss2/4