Research Seminar in International Law/Migration Law: “Time, law and migration”

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Department of Law, the Faculty Room, Riddartorget (Trädgårdsgatan 1), Uppsala, or via Zoom:
  • Lecturer: Martijn Stronks, Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Organiser: Higher Seminar in Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Law, and Uppsala Forum
  • Contact person: Rebecca Thorburn Stern
  • Seminarium

Welcome to a research seminar on 18 October with Assistant Professor Martijn Stronks, the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, VU Amsterdam. Dr. Stronk’s presentation is based on his recent thought-provoking book Grasping Legal Time: Temporality and European Migration Law (Cambridge University Press, 2022) in which he explores the double-edged role of time in the regulation of migration from legal, philosophical and socio-cultural perspective.

“Time is one of the most important means for the exercise of power. In Migration Law, it is used for disciplining and controlling the presence of migrants within a certain territory through the intricate interplay of two overlapping but contradicting understandings of time – human and clock time. This book explores both the success and limitations of the usage of time for the governance of migration. The virtues of legal time can be seen at work in several temporal differentiations in migration law: differentiation based on temporality, deadlines, qualification of time and procedural differentiation. Martijn Stronks contests that, hidden in the usage of legal time in Migration Law, there is an argument for the inclusion of migrants on the basis of their right to human time. This assertion is based in the finite, irreversible and unstoppable character of human time.”

Please register on 13 October at the latest by sending an email to The zoom password will be distributed the day before the seminar. Link to the seminar: