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Law and Justice Across Borders (ACIL/LJAB)

Together with researchers from other legal disciplines, especially from European public and private law as well as jurisprudence, ACIL researchers aim at a better understanding and critical evaluation of the role of law in the processes of Europeanisation and globalization, and their countertendencies.

Law and Justice Across Borders is an initiative of the research centres ACELG, ACIL and CSECL and builds upon their common research project The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking. The cooperation of researchers from different legal disciplines in this project proved so successful that the project is redefined and opened to a larger group of Faculty researchers, allowing for research energy to be focused around a common theme. 

LJAB has been recognized as a Research Priority Area of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam.

Common theme and aim

The aim of the new group is to contribute to a better understanding and a critical evaluation of the role of law in the processes of Europeanisation and globalisation and their countertendencies. 

Within the general theme 'Law and Justice Across Borders', there are three subthemes, i.e. Order and Conflict, Rights and Values and Markets and Society.

The objective of the group is conduct academic research to the highest international standards of scientific excellence.


The research group unites legal scholars working in the fields of international law, European law and (European) private law, legal philosophers, legal theorists, and others. With more than 50 members who originate not only from the founding research centres, but from the Faculty research community at large, who employ different legal methodologies and also encompass a substantial group of PhD students, the group has the potential to function as a stimulating and exciting new research environment.

Law and Justice Across Borders is led by Christina Eckes (ACELG), Martijn Hesselink (CSECL) and Ingo Venzke (ACIL). 

Staying informed

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