Hybrid Book launch Grasping Legal Time. Temporality and European Migration Law

The publication of Martijn Stronks’ book Grasping Legal Time. Temporality and European Migration Law in the Cambridge Asylum and Migration Studies Series will be marked with a hybrid book launch on Tuesday 11th October 2022, 17:30 -18:30 (Central European Time). The seminar will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam but can also be attended online.

During the seminar the book will be introduced and discussed by

  • Bridget Anderson (University of Bristol);
  • Elizabeth Cohen (University of Syracuse);
  • James Hathaway (University of Michigan Law School);

Please register via secretariaat.sb.rch@vu.nl and indicate whether you will participate online or on campus.

Venue: Agora 4, 3rd floor of the Main Building Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam. Drinks afterwards in Bar Boele, in the ‘Nieuwe Universiteitsgebouw’.

About the book
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.

The seminar is organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The book can be ordered via the website of Cambridge, 20% discount with the code ‘STRONKS22’.