The Academy supports research, seminars, and publications to look at law and its images, and at the relationship between law and nature in theory, philosophy, history, and religious thought.
Among the conferences supported by the Academy in this area are Images, Bodies and Actions of the Law and Images of Shame. Infamy, Diffamation and the ethics of oeconomia.
The most recent publication in this area is Rule of Law: Cases, Strategies, and Interpretations, commissioned and edited by Barbara Faedda, the Academy's Executive Director, with essays by 32 authors from across the globe that address racism, misinformation, human rights, the status of women, the treatment of indigenous peoples, the environment, and more. David Freedberg, the Academy's Director, contributed an essay on images, law, and the criminal body in the 16th century; the other authors (some of them former Academy Fellows) are Giuliano Amato, Bridgette Baldwin, John D. Bessler, Mary Bosworth, Marina Calloni, Maria Adele Carrai, Paolo Carta, Victoria Chenaut, Paul Craig, Jacques deLisle, Francesca Esposito, Andriani Fili, David Freedberg, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Paul Gowder, Kate Gunn, Antara Haldar, Stellina Jolly, Chelsey L. Kivland, Masao Kotani, Anna Loretoni, Bruce McIvor, Luca CM Melchionna, Hoolo ‘Nyane, Gianluigi Palombella, Irene Pasquetto, Jothie Rajah, Julio Ríos-Figueroa, Costanza Sciubba Caniglia, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Kenneth Stow, and Maartje van der Woude.