When state legislature becomes incomprehensible to the public, civic activity is nullified. Unburdened by legal terminology, children offer a different perspective on current laws and policies. Local lawyers will be present at meetings in six EU-countries to moderate discussions based on a group of minor’s ethical understandings. At the end of each meeting, the lawyer will assist the children in writing their own laws, which will then be handed over to their respective governments.
Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Greece and England.
Worldwide, lawmakers and elected representatives increasingly pass laws that more often are in favor of increased surveillance, preventive punishments, anti-protest and immigration laws, in conflict with civil liberties and international human rights. This tendency has become more prevalent within recent years, to the point where one could argue that there is no longer any effective rule of law.
By employing children to discuss laws in a unconventional judicial gameplay scenario, we present an earnestness, naivité and a socratic dialogue that deals with basic democratic principles eg. the right to protest, to free speech and to privacy etc.. The upshot of our project will be reflected in the reception of a wider audience, who will hopefully take considerations from young uncynical mindsets to heart and start a more open discourse on civil liberties and immigration laws.
We will organise, document and film meetings in Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Greece as well as England.
Within the narrative structure in the format of a tv programme the discussions will, from the offset, transgress the common citizen and lawmaker relationship and evolve into the final preparations of a lawsuit.
All produced material and knowledge of Law for Minors will be made public on a website.
In its essence, legislation is made for protection and in the interest of citizens. By reaching out and creating these law action meetings with future generations of European citizens and politicians, we raise awareness and introduce an attitude towards collaborative action based thinking surrounding legislation. One of the central aims of Law for Minors is to restore civic engagement and to challenge existing laws.
The pace at which laws are conceived of today very often respond to political urgency rather than constitutions. We expect and hope that a children’s gameplay-approach will mirror a prevailing sentiment of ignorance against an all-knowing authority that all-too-often is in conflict with basic moral and ethical issues which even a child knows how to distinguish between.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel and transport 5.500 € Researcher 1.500 € Script and preparation fee 2.000 € Rental of film equipment 6.000 € Rental of light equipment 3.000 € Production assistants 1.200 € Lawyer fees 6.000 € Camera crew 6.000 € Video/film editor 4.000 € Catering 600 € Props 700 € Website programmer. 2.000 € PR fees 1.000 € Designer 3.000 € Advertisement campaign expenses 2.000 € Insurance, legal counseling 4.000 € Subtotal 48.500 € 10% unforeseen expenses 4850 € Total expenses 53.350 €