A Constant Craving for Fresh Brains and a Taste for Decaffeinated Neighbours

Maria Aristodemou, a legal scholar from Birkbeck, recently published an article with the European Journal of International Law. In Maria’s words, her article attempts “a radical rethinking of public international law through the use of Lacanian psychoanalysis.” Here’s a short synopsis and a couple of links to a discussion of her contribution with Joseph Weiler.

The article is certainly thought provoking. Particularly, and I am sure this has something to do with my own approach to studying international law, I was fascinated by her ‘likening’  of public international law as “an indefatigable neurotic in search of ‘fresh brains’”. Generally, the article would resonate most with those who have been interested in ‘interdisciplinary/comparative’ theoretical writing in recent years – for example the writings of David Caudill or Pierre Legrand. For me, the greatest strength of the article is its ability to speak to contemporary practitioners. One of the many messages in the article was to remind practitioners to be a little more cautious about any pragmatic balance they attempt to strike in their work.

Here is the discussion in two parts.

EJIL: Live! Episode 1 – Part 1 of 2

EJIL: Live! Episode 1 – Part 2 of 2

Love to hear your thoughts so please get in touch.


Stephen Samuel



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