Law and Justice Across Borders

About Law and Justice Across Borders

Law and Justice Across Borders, launched in January 2017 and recognized as a Faculty Research Priority Area, is a multidisciplinary research programme that unites researchers from a variety of mainly legal disciplines with the aim to study and critically evaluate the role of law in the processes of Europeanisation and globalisation and their countertendencies.

Why Law and Justice Across Borders?

Europeanisation and globalisation affect all areas of the law, albeit in different ways and to varying degrees. Therefore, legal scholars specialising in one legal domain can hardly study this changing legal landscape fully in isolation and risk foregoing key insights. It is for this reason that legal scholars working in the fields of international law, European law and (European) private law, legal philosophers, legal theorists, and others have decided to join forces to transcend departmental and disciplinary barriers, inside and beyond the law faculty, in research on law and justice across borders.

What is our aim?

Law and Justice Across Borders aims to contribute, in particular, to a better understanding and a critical evaluation of the role of law in the processes of Europeanisation and globalisation and their countertendencies. It aims to deepen and expand the already existing collaboration among researchers from different legal fields who share a joint interest in conducting high-level research into the Europeanisation and globalisation of the law and also integrates researchers who are not currently affiliated with one of its constituting centres. Its objective is to make possible and foster both commitment to excellence and border-crossing and to create a research community where scientific excellence and societal relevance are pursued.

What do we do?

Research in Law and Justice Across Borders is conducted in three subthemes:

They provide a stimulating research environment of the right size to allow for fruitful interaction and collaboration among researchers with a similar research interest.

Next to the subtheme meetings Law and Justice Across Bordres organizes a lecture series, where excellent scholars present a new paper, and workshops and conferences.

Our origins

Law and Justice Across Borders builds on the research project The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking: Views from international public Law, European public law and European private law that was conducted jointly by researchers from the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL). The new research programme also replaces the programme on ‘The rule of law at the limits’ of the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (PSC). The four research centres continue to exist in their own right, albeit without research programmes of their own, and remain visible as the institutional foundations of this joint research programme.

Published by  Law and Justice Across Borders

19 October 2017