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Workshop “Time and Law” together with the University of Zurich

The event explored the meaning of time in a legal context.

Apr 15, 2021

Historical Hotel Gelnhausen

Historical Hotel Gelnhausen
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On March 17th and 18th 2021, Prof. Cosima Möller (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Thier (University of Zurich) organized a workshop about “Time and Law” as part of the strategic partnership between the University of Zurich and Freie Universität Berlin. Originally, this was planned for March 2020 in Zurich, but was postponed and now carried out online due to the pandemic.

Goal of the workshop was to discuss the relationship of time and law and question the significance of time in the context of legal matters. The speakers provided different perspectives on this issue, ranging from history and philosophy of law to civil rights and constitutional law. Focus areas were the philosophical understanding of time, different functions of time (as in order or protection) and time as a resource.

The relationship of time and law proved to be a productive matter of discussion and useful for the analyses of legal matters and developments. The guests participated actively in the discussions. Time and law are not only relevant for the past and present, but also the future, e.g. for prognoses or composition matters. A follow-up workshop at Freie Universität Berlin is being planned.

You can read the detailed report on the workshop here (in German).

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