This is a book about jurisprudence-or legal philosophy. The legal philosophical texts under consideration are-to say the least-urthodox. Tolkien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, Legally Blonde, and others are referenced as instances of what the author calls lex populi- pop law . Here, however, issues of legal philosophy are heavily coded, for few of these pop cultural texts anunce themselves as expressly legal. Lex Populi reads these texts jurisprudentially , with an eye to their hidden legal philosophical meanings, enabling connections such as: Tolkien's Ring as Kelsen's grundrm; vampire slaying as legal language's semiosis; and Hogwarts as substantively unjust. Lex Populi attempts t only a jurisprudential reading of popular culture, but also a popular rereading of jurisprudence, removing it from the legal experts in order to restore it to the public at large: a lex populi by and for the people.
William P. MacNeil is Associate Professor of Law at Griffith University.