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Publications and media


Edited collections

Chapters in edited collections

  • (with Macmillan, F. & Tuitt, P.) 'Introduction: Investigating Crime Fiction', in Aristodemou, M., Macmillan, F. & Tuitt, P. (eds.) Crime Fiction and the Law, Routledge: Birkbeck Law Press (forthcoming).
  • ‘A Squeamishness About Existing: Fernando Pessoa’s Quiet Rejection of the Human in The Book of Disquiet’ in Ward, I.  (ed). Literature and Human Rights (De Gruyter, 2015)
  • ‘The Pervert’s Guide To The Law: Clinical Vignettes from Breaking Bad to Breaking Free’ for Zizek and Law, de Sutter, L (ed.) Routledge (2015).
  • 'Bare law between two lives; Cornelia Vismann and Jose Saramago on naming, filing and cancelling' in Daniela, C. & Gaakeer, J. (eds.), Liminal discourses. Subliminal tensions in law and literature. Law and literature series vol 6.  (De Gruyter, 2013).
  • ‘Disobedience and Atheism’ in Loizidou, E (ed.) Disobedience: Concept and Practice (Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Three close ups in search of truth: law, cinema, psychoanalysis' in Wan, M. (ed.) Reading The Legal Case: Cross-Currents between Law and the Humanities. Routledge (2012).
  • 'A Little Place Before the Law: Two Tales of One Metaphor', in Gaakeer, J & Ost, F. (eds.) Crossing Borders: law, language and Literature, Wolf Legal Publishers, The Netherlands (2008).
  • 'Fantasies of Women as Law-Makers: Subversion or Evasion in Angela Carter's Bloody Chambers', Collected Papers from Law & Literature Colloquium at UCL, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2000).


  • (2014) A constant craving for fresh brains and a taste for decaffeinated neighbours. European Journal of International Law 25 (1), pp. 35-58.
  • (2013) Democracy or Your Life! Knowledge, Ignorance and the Politics of Atheism in Saramago’s "Blindness and Seeing", Law, Culture and the Humanities 9/1 pp. 169-187,
  • (2013)‘The Inhuman in the Human’ in Argumentacion Jurisprudential, Suprema Corte de Justicia de La Nacion, Mexico
  • (2011) Where God was, law will be? Kant avec Houellebecq, The Australian Feminist Law Journal volume 34.
  • (2010) Home is where the law is: A humbug reading of the Wizard of Oz', in Taking Oz Seriously: A Symposium on Law and Literature, Southern Californian Interdisciplinary Law Journal 20, 9.
  • (2010) Does the Letter of the Law Always Arrive at Its Destination? “A Study in Feminine Psychology”, Law and Literature 22/3 pp. 394-417.
  • (2009) Cause lawyers are alright: ideology works its magic on the cause', International Journal of Law in Context 5: 331-338.
  • (2007) The Trouble with the Double: Expressions of Disquiet in and Around Law and Literature, Law Text Culture, 11. Passages ed. Andrew T Kenyon and Peter D Rush, pp.183-208.
  • (2002) Le legislateur en son labyrinthe, Europe revue literaire mensuelle, pp.147-161.
  • (1999)`The Seduction of Mimesis: Theatre as Woman and the Play of Difference in The Oresteia’ in Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature, Volume 11 (1)
  • (1999) `Fantasies of Women as Law-Makers: Subversion or Evasion in Angela Carter’s Bloody Chambers’, Law & Literature, OUP
  • (1998) Law and Desire in Measure for Measure, 9 Law and Critique, pp.117-140.
  • (1997) Language, Ethics and Imagination: Narratives of the (M)other in Law and Literature, 32 New Formations, pp.34-48.
  • (1996) Law and Postmodernity: Explorations Beyond Theory, 4 Feminist Legal Studies, pp.89-108.
  • (1994) Choice and Evasion in Judicial Recognition of Governments: Lessons from Somalia, 5 European Law Journal, pp.532-555.
  • (1993) Studies in Law and Literature: Directions and Concerns, Anglo-American Law Review, pp.157-193.
  • (1992) `Applicability of Art VI, Section 22 of the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of The UN' 41 International and Comparative Law Quarterly


  • (2010) `Unbehagen and the Subject: An Interview With Slavoj Zizek’ Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Volume 15,
  • (2009) Review Essay: “Cause Lawyers Are Alright: Ideology Works Its Magic on the Cause” International Journal of Law in Context Volume 5 (3),
  • (2008) 'Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth Century Literature' Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature Volume 27 (2)
  • (1997) Douzinas & Warrington `Postmodern Jurisprudence’ and `Justice Miscarried’ Hellenic Review of Political Science (translated into Greek)
  • (1996) James Boyd White, `Creating Authority in Literature, Law and Politics' Social and Legal Studies
  • (1993) Peter Fitzpatrick, `The Mythology of Modern Law'  Anglo-American Law Review
  • (1993) Review Article: `Casting Light on Dracula: Stories in Law and Culture'  56 Modern Law Review

Other publications

  • (2008) Entries on 'Law and Narrative' and 'Law and Storytelling' Oxford Law Dictionary
  • (2008) Interview with Slavoj Zizek, published in Subjectivity.

Conferences, workshops, panels organised

  • Organizer, chair and presenter of Law-English Day, Birkbeck College,  (May 2001).
  • 'Law and Literature Panel', Critical Legal Conference, Helsinki (September 2000).
  • 'Law and Literature Panel', Critical Legal Studies Conference, Birkbeck (September 1999).
  • 'Writing Law and Literature' session, Critical Law Conference, Edinburgh (September 1995).

Presentations given

  • Colloquium on Post-Democracy, Brown University, Rhode Island (October 2015)
  • Plenary Speaker, University of Athens, Democracy Rising Conference (July 2015)
  • "Lacan Meets Law and Literature, and Laughs"  Law and Literature Conference, University of Toulon (March 2015)
  • Roundtable discussion on "Law, Psychoanalysis, Society: Taking The Unconscious Seriously" Georgetown Law School, Washington DC (March 2015)
  • Lecture and seminar discussion to staff at University of Pretoria, School of Law (August 2014)
  • Roundtable on Law in Literature with Joshua Rosenberg and Lisa Appignanesi, City of London Festival (July 2014)
  • 'The Concept of Freedom in Fernando Pessoa’s 'Book Of Disquiet' Law and Performance, Porto University,  (July 2014)
  • 'There Is Only One Illegal Feeling: the Anxiety of Breaking Bad' Law Culture and Humanities, University of Virginia (March 2014)
  • Staff seminar on the concept of truth in law and psychoanalysis, IDC Herzliya (April 2014)
  • Roundtable, Law Culture and Humanities Conference, Birkbeck, London (March 2013)
  • Newcastle University, Law School, Staff Seminar (March 2013)
  • Plenary Speaker "How To Argue Human Rights" Mexico Ministry of Justice Conference, Mexico City, (November 2012)
  • Literature and Human Rights Roundtable, University of Verona,(November 2012)
  • Plenary Speaker at Passions of International Law Conference, Melbourne Law School, (September 2012)
  • ESSE Conference, Bogadici University, Istanbul (September 2012)
  • Griffith Law School Roundtable on Representational Legality,(August 2012)
  • Presentations on W.H.Auden and Hannah Arendt, Poetics of Anxiety Conference, Birkbeck & Serpentine Gallery, (April 2012)
  • 'Politics and Atheism' Radical Politics and Law Conference, PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (April 2012)
  • ‘The Morning After the Death of God’ Law and Culture Roundtable, IDC Herzilyia, Tel Aviv, (March 2012)
  • IVR Conference, Frankfurt, German (August 2011)
  • ‘From Freud to Lacan in Italy: The Impact of Phenomenology’ International Symposium on Phenomenology, Perugia, Italy,(July 2011)
  • ‘The Life of Archives in Law and in Literature’ Symposium in Honour of Cornelia Vissman, Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, (June 2011)
  • ‘Democracy or Your Life!’ ESSE Conference, Athens, Greece, (May 2011)
  • Law Culture and Humanities paper, Interstices of Justice Panel, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (March 2011)
  • ‘Knowledge and Ignorance in Law and Literature’ Legal Theory Seminar, Westminster University (February 2011)
  • 'Law & Literature After the Death of God' ESSE Conference, Turin (August 2010)
  • “The Legal Case: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”, Hong Kong University (June 2010)
  • “Law and Lawlessness in the Indian Ocean”, Southampton University (January 2010)
  • 'Home is Where the Law Is: A Humbug Reading of the Wizard of Oz' Symposium, Albany Law School (November 2009)
  • ‘Enjoy, Whatever She Says: Law After the Death of God’ Law, Literature and Religion Symposium, Villanova Law School (October 2009)
  • ‘Law and Psychoanalysis: Does the Letter of the Law Always Arrive?’ Postgraduate Seminar Series, Aberdeen University (May 2009).
  • 'Does the letter of the law always arrive at its destination?' Law Culture and Humanities Conference, Suffolk Law School, Boston (April 2009).
  • ‘The Politics of Atheism’ Annual Law Staff Seminar Series, Nottingham Law School (November 2008).
  • Discussant at The Work of History in International Law and Empire Symposium, LSE-Melbourne University International Humanitarian Law Project (October 2008).
  • 'Does the Letter of the Law Always Arrive at Its Destination? Honore de Balzac’s "A Study in Feminine Psychology"',  Jurisprudence Section, SLS Conference at LSE (September 2008).
  • ‘Law, Literature and the Trouble With One’s Double’ Nordic Network for Law and Literature, Leicester (June 2008).
  • ‘Women in Law and Literature’ Feminism with Fizz, Westminster (June 2008).
  • 'Democracy or Your Life! A Few Words on Jose Saramago's Politics of Silence', plenary speaker at Silence Conference, University of Hull (May 2008).
  • "Mobilizing the Imaginary","The Lost Object in Law, Literature" and "Law and Literature" Keele University Workshop (May 2008).
  • 'Gnosis and Agnosia or, Knowledge and Ignorance, in Jose Saramago's Blindness and Seeing', Law, Culture and The Humanities Conference, Berkeley California (March 2008).
  • 'Law, Literature, and "Law and Literature" on the Couch', Colloquium at Lancaster and Manchester University Law Schools: Constraints in Law and Literature; an Exploration of Regulation, Justice and Ethics (January 2008).
  • 'The Trouble with the Double: Law, Literature and Law & Literature on the Couch', Literature and Law Research seminar, Hull University, English Department (May 2007).
  • ‘Law, Literature, and Law & Literature on the Couch’ 23rd IVR World Congress, Law and Philosophy Conference, Krakow (August 2007).
  • 'The Trouble With The Double: Expressions of Disquiet In and Around Law & literature', plenary speaker at Melbourne Law & Literature Conference, Passages; (July 2006).
  • 'The Jurisprudence of the Love Song', staff seminar at University College London Law School (November 2003).
  • 'The Lawyer in His Labyrinth' Langstaff Distinguished Speakers Series, McGill University, Montreal (November 2003).
  • 'Taking Law Frivolously', Law & Society Conference, Vancouver (May - June 2002).
  • 'In The Beginning Was A Lullaby', Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (March 2002).
  • 'The Seduction of Mimesis; Aeschylus' "Oresteia''', Cardozo Law School Symposium on Law and Literature (April 1999).
  • 'Fantasies of Women as Law-Makers', Law & Literature Colloquium, University College London (June 1998).
  • 'Language, Ethics and the Imagination', Law and Literature Conference, University of Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia (1996).
  • 'Narratives of the (M)Other in Toni Morrison's Fiction' (Plenary Speaker), Law & Literature Conference, University of West of England (June 1996).
  • 'New Approaches to International Law Conference' workshop on feminism and post-colonialism, University of Madison, Wisconsin (June 1996)
  • 'Breaking the Back of Words: Toni Morrison's "Beloved"', Birkbeck and London School of Economics Legal Theory seminar series (January 1996).

Other associations and work

  • Member of Editorial Board of Law and Literature (Routledge)
  • Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Law in Context (Cambridge University Law Press)
  • Member of Advisory Board of Australian Feminist Law Journal (Griffith University)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Law and Critique, (Springer)
  • Member of Advisory Board of web journal basileus.


  • In conversation with Sophie Fiennes, director of "The Perverts Guide to Cinema", Zizek's Big Ideas Lecture Series, Birkbeck (2015)
  • Interview with Professor J Weiler, Editor-in-Chief, European Journal of International Law, EJIL podcast (2014)
  • ‘Between Crisis and Anxiety’, Shopping Hour Magazine Special Issue: Crisis (2013)
  • The Guardian April 2011, quoted in 'Prisoners sign up for law degrees'. The article deals with the popularity of legal degrees with prisoners and ex-convicts and the issue of qualifying as solicitors.
  • Public interview with Slavoj Zizek and Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck Institute of Humanities,  (2008)

Maria Aristodemou