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Jean d’Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po School of Law. His presentation will draw on his forthcoming book entitled ‘After Meaning. The Sovereignty of Forms in International Law’.

Event details of After Meaning: the International Lawyer and the Text
Date 7 June 2021
Time 15:30 -17:00

Abstract

After meaning. The international lawyer always arrives after meaning has already slipped away from the form. It is not that the international lawyer should have come earlier to have a chance to catch meaning. Meaning, as this presentation argues, never stays in the form, for it is always deferred. It is one of the main claims of this presentation that meaning is perpetually absent from the forms of the international legal discourse. In the absence of meaning, the international lawyer is left with forms, only forms that point away to other forms. This presentation draws on a forthcoming book entitled ‘After Meaning. The Sovereignty of Forms in International Law’.

Speaker

Jean d’Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po School of Law. He also holds a chair of Public International Law at the University of Manchester where he founded the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC). He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and Director of Oxford International Organizations (OXIO). He is Editor-in-Chief of ESIL Reflections. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law and series editor of the Melland Schill Studies in International Law. He is a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

Before joining Sciences Po Law School, he was Professor of International Legal Theory at the University of Amsterdam. He used to be Editor-in-Chief of the Leiden Journal of International Law. He received his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. from the University of Louvain. He was a Global Research Fellow at New York University. He acted as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice.