Klaus F. Röhl, Stefan Ulbrich
May 27, 2016
Visual Legal Communication - Electronic Media generate an immense body of pictures which change the traditional ways of communication radically. Pictures influence the recipients’ agenda of what they consider to be important or right. It can be expected that also in legal communication pictures, tables, icons, and further non-textual elements of communication will concur with text. Visual communication will not remain a merely additional channel of information but influence legal communication fundamentally. Both procedures and the content of law will change. This development is studied in three steps: Firstly, we present a phenomenology of visual elements in legal communication. Secondly, visual legal communication is analyzed by differentiating between communication within and about the law. At last we develop hypotheses about the future usage ofpictures in legal communication and the affiliated effects on law and behaviour.