Centre for Research of Time and Law

Time Law

Temporal boundaries of law

The ubiquity of ‘time’ in society in general and in law in particular, and the contemporary experience of time in terms of scarcity and acceleration invites to an inquiry into the methodological and theoretical stance of legal scholars vis-à-vis the temporal boundaries of law.

Law constitutes its boundaries through processing time in a distinctive way, different from politics, science or society as a whole. In legal(-theoretical) research a growing interest in legal timelines also becomes increasingly visible. The temporal dimension of law appears in a great variety of topics and issues that target the way in which law engages the past, present or future: due process, the precautionary principle, liability, anti-terrorism acts, environmental law, transitional justice, future children and so on.

Multidisciplinary research in an international context

The VU-based Centre for Research of Time & Law aims to explore the different ways in which law structures and is structured by time, and the consequences this has for the understanding of law and its boundaries. The Centre for Research of Time & Law offers a platform for multidisciplinary research in an international context. To this end, the Centre will invite researchers to organize conferences and workshops and to participate in (joint) research projects.



On 30 June and 1 July 2014, the Centre hosted, in collaboration with the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (University of Amsterdam), an international expert meeting on the Temporal Boundaries of Law, with keynote speakers Hartmut Rosa (Jena) and Antoine Garapon (Paris).