When I spoke with Prof. Marie José Garot back in June, I learned that she loves XIXth century French literature and in particular Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Well, the next thing I knew, I was reading that book all summer at a pace of 3 hours per day till I found myself crying while reading the last page of Jean Valjean’s marvelous story. I just didn´t want it to finish.

I suppose I found a way for it to continue with the shooting of this video, in which Prof. Garot ponders the meaning of Justice and Law, and the European Union, while making reference to Victor Hugo, who was apparently among the first to think about The United States of Europe. Where else to film this video but in the incredible surrounding of Segovia´s former prison?

I leave with you a quote from Les Misérables and the good feeling I had shooting this video with Prof. Garot. Strangely enough I studied law myself, but for longer than I wished. If only I was a student again, I would love to have her as my Professor of Law.

“Have no fear of robbers and murderers. Such dangers are without, and are but petty. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. What matters what threatens our heads and our purses? Let us think of what threatens our souls.”

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