Center for Transboundary Legal Development

Research on the increasing interrelatedness between legal systems, the diversity of actors which influence processes of law making, and the legal issues involved while working towards 'globalisation with a human face'.

Events and colloquia Center for Transboundary Legal Development

Upcoming events

  • October, 5, Melanie Murcot
  • October, 19, Floor Fleurke
  • November, 2, Linnet Taylor
  • November, 16, Lukasz Dziedzic
  • November, 30, Daniël Augenstein
  • December, 14, Moritz Baumgärtel

Past events


Intervict/CTLD colloquium with Stephan Parmentier - Thursday 9 December 2010

Time: 12.30-13.30 - Venue to be announced

Stephan Parmentier studied law, political science and sociology at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and sociology and conflict resolution at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (U.S.A.). He is a Professor of Sociology of Crime, Law and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law of the K.U. Leuven since 1997.

CTLD colloquium with Robert Howse - Wednesday 24 November 2010

Time: 12.30-14.00 - Venue M 1003

The topic of Robert Howse's presentation will be: 'Beyond the Divide: The Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the World Trade Organization' .

Robert Howse will found his presentation on an earlier published occasional paper, available at


CTLD colloquium with Noora Arajärvi - Wednesday 9 December 2009

Time: 12.00-13.00 - Venue ...

The topic of Noora Arajärvi's presentation: 'Customary International Law and International Criminal Law; the Principle of Legality.'

CTLD colloquium with Louis Emmerij, Tom Weiss and Bert Koenders - Thursday 30 June 2009

Time: 14.00-16.00 - Venue T9

Louis Emmerij and Tom Weiss will discuss their contributions to The United Nations' Intellectual History Project'. Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, will comment on their findings.

CTLD colloquium with Marie-José van der Heijden - Wednesday 22 April 2009

Time: 12.00-13.00 - Venue DZ 2

Marie-José van der Heijden will present some of the outcomes of her research on transnational corporations and human rights obligations so far. In particular, she will discuss the 1789 U.S. Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which is the most well-known domestic remedy for holding Western-based transnational corporations liable for human rights violations committed by themselves or their affiliates in developing countries. The provision in 28 U.S.C. 1350 reads as follows:

"The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States." (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, ' 1, 62 Stat. 934.)

Since the 1980 Filártiga case, the ATS has been frequently used for the enforcement of human rights. In the U.S. Supreme Court's 2004 Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain case, the ATS was scrutinized as a tool for the extra-territorial enforcement of human rights. The presentation will also discuss the scope of this provision, in particular the ATS' concept of the 'law of nations'. However, it is not only the jurisdictional ATS but also the procedural device of class actions that facilitates the corporate human rights litigation.