Grasping Legal Time. Temporality and European Migration Law – Hybrid Lecture by Martijn Stronks at the University of Toronto

Martijn Stronks will deliver a hybrid lecture on “Grasping Legal Time. Temporality and European Migration Law” on 26 January 2023, 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (USA and Canada), 6:00-8:00 PM (Amsterdam Time), as part of the Harney Lecture Series in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto. The lecture will be moderated by professor Ayelet Shachar, R.F. Harney Chair in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies.

The lecture will be based on Martijn Stronks’ book Grasping Legal Time. Temporality and European Migration Law which was published in the Asylum and Migration Studies Series of Cambridge University Press in 2022.

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 lecture 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 which is to be distinguished from the general character of clock and calendar time.

You can follow the lecture online by registering via the University of Toronto.