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Dr Thomas Giddens
University of Dundee
Dr David Yuratich
Royal Holloway, University of London

A case has come before the court: Sam’s fate hangs in the balance. Only the best judge among you can determine the outcome! Ratio! is a competitive game of judgment. 2 to 5 players take turns collecting, playing, and discarding cards to build up a well-reasoned judicial ruling. To win, you must show that you can cope with legal complexities and apply the law to the facts. Construct a judgment with the most Juris Points to win, and decide Sam’s fate!

Developed to help students and the wider public engage with the structures of common law reasoning, Ratio! A Game of Judgment is a table-top card game that opens to discussion of the form and limits of the common law ‘method’. Ratio! was founded on principles of game based learning in which playing games forms the primary mode of pedagogic engagement. Whilst it is hoped that the game will also appeal to a wider game-playing public, it is primarily intended as a resource for the teaching of core principles of legal reasoning and case reading, as well as more critical reflections on their nature and form.This session will give those in attendance the chance to play the game, and to reflect on its mechanics, pedagogy, and wider value, giving the creators valuable feedback on the game as it continues to develop. The session will proceed in three parts: first, delegates will be introduced to the rules of the game; second, there will be the opportunity for the game to be played; and finally, a general discussion on the game’s potential, merits, and limitations will be facilitated.

Dr Thomas Giddens is a critical, comics, and cultural legal scholar with particular interests in aesthetics, visuality, and epistemology. His most recent book is ‘On Comics and Legal Aesthetics‘ (Routledge 2018). He is the founding chair of the Graphic Justice Research Alliance.

Dr David Yuratich is a lecturer in law (teaching-focused) at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests run across constitutional law (he is currently writing a textbook for OUP) and legal education.

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