A brief history
In the mid 1990's, several researchers within the Law School of Tilburg University - until then working in the field of International and European law but within different departments and research groups - started working together. As a result, on the 1st of January 1998, the Department of European and International Law was established, followed on the 1st of January 2000 by the Center for Transboundary Legal Development (CTLD).
The CTLD became the sixth research center of the Schoordijk Institute, and included researchers in the field of international and European Law, social law, philosophy of law, ethics and jurisprudence, later to be joined by researchers in the field of history of law. The CTLD's first program was called 'Permeability of Legal Systems'. The program ran from 2000-2004, and led to a range of very interesting and innovative research results, laid down in a series of doctoral dissertations, other books and contributions to books, and many scientific articles, a number of them having been published in highly regarded international journals.
See for more details of the results of the 2000-2004 programme, the section 'General scope of the programme' of the 2005-2009 research programme.
The 2005-2009 program has been extended to January 2013.