The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence

Law, Time, and Inhumanity: Reflections on the Imprescriptible

07Feb2017 12:00 - 13:00


Paul Scholten Centre Colloquium with Luigi Corrias (VU University Amsterdam).

Venue: Oudemanhuispoort, room A0.09

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The so-called core international crimes - genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes - are all legally imprescriptible in the sense that no time bars apply to their prosecution. This triggers the question of the relationship between time and law in the face of mass atrocities and inhuman suffering. This paper sets out to investigate this relationship from a legal philosophical perspective. After briefly sketching the legal framework, it outlines the time frames and underlying legal values involved in imprescriptibility. Finally, the contribution considers what this may entail for judging this kind of crimes.

Research colloquium, organised by the Paul Scholten Centre. This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. A copy of the paper can be obtained via


Luigi Corrias studied International and European Law (2002) and Philosophy of Law (with distinction, 2004) at Tilburg University. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a PhD-candidate and junior lecturer at the same institution. He spent one month at the University of Ottawa as visiting researcher. In 2008-2009, he worked as a lecturer in law at the department of European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Since September 2009 he works at VU University. In 2011, the Board of the Dutch IVR section (Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy) awarded Luigi Corrias the Prize for the Best Dissertation in Legal Philosophy in 2009-10 for his book The Passivity of Law: Competence and Constitution in The European Body Politic.

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