South African legal culture is characterised by formalist error. The transformative
project calls for different intellectual tools and approaches to argumentation in law.
The spatial turn, in law and the broader humanities, possibly presents new ways of
thinking in the form of cognitive mapping and mapping loss. Legal rules and legal
culture, over time, play an important role in how spaces are regulated and constituted.
If legal education in South Africa has spatial justice as its aim, an acknowledgement
of the palimpsestic nature of law and space in South Africa is required. The spatial
turn presents an awakening to the relationship between space and time and can
be situated at various stages of the twentieth century in philosophy, literature, art
and other disciplines in the humanities. In this contribution, I am concerned with
what the spatial turn could possibly mean in the context of legal education and