Boundaries of Law

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Processes commonly associated with the ‘turn from territoriality to functionality’, ‘global governance’ or ‘globalisation’ challenge established legal categories. Increasingly, transnational legal arrangements transgress boundaries between international and domestic; public and private; law and politics; or between past, present and future. Making legal sense of globalisation requires a rethinking of the foundations of transnational law and the formulation of new answers to present challenges to the state system. In particular, it calls for a re-conceptualization of the boundaries of law in at least three interrelated respects: territorial, functional and temporal. Studying reconfigurations in the boundaries of law requires interdisciplinary cooperation and research that goes beyond the confines of traditional legal dogmatics. The research group Boundaries of Law does exactly that: it brings together scholars from different countries, from different disciplines: including international and European law, IT & Law, legal theory, political science and philosophy.

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Programme director: prof. dr. B.M.J. van Klink

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 See the scientific staff participating the Boundaries of Law on the VU Research Portal.