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Access_open Liberalism and Societal Integration: In Defence of Reciprocity and Constructive Pluralism

Tijdschrift Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden societal integration, liberalism, conflict, constructive pluralism, citizenship, national communities
Auteurs Dora Kostakopoulou PhD
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    Communities can only be dynamic and projective, that is, oriented towards new and better forms of cooperation, if they bring together diverse people in a common, and hopefully more equal, socio-political life and in welfare. The latter requires not only back-stretched connections, that is, the involvement of co-nationals and naturalized persons, but also forward-starched connections, that is, the involvement of citizens in waiting. Societal integration is an unhelpful notion and liberal democratic polities would benefit from reflecting critically on civic integration policies and extending the norm of reciprocity beyond its assigned liberal national limits. Reciprocity can only be a comprehensive norm in democratic societies - and not an eclectic one, that is, either co-national or co-ethnic.


Dora Kostakopoulou PhD
Dora Kostakopoulou is currently Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at Warwick University. Her research interests include European public law, free movement of persons and European Union citizenship, the area of freedom, security and justice, migration law and politics, citizenship, multiculturalism and integration, democracy and legitimacy in the EU, law and global governance, political theory and constructivism, and, fairly recently, equality law.
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Access_open Reciprocity: a fragile equilibrium

Tijdschrift Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden reciprocity, exchange theory, natural law theory, dyadic relations, corrective justice
Auteurs Prof. dr. Pauline Westerman PhD
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    Reciprocity may serve to explain or to justify law. In its latter capacity, which is the topic of this article, reciprocity is commonly turned into a highly idealized notion, as either a balance between two free and equal parties or as the possibility of communication tout court. Both ideals lack empirical reference. If sociological and anthropological literature on forms of exchange is taken into account, it should be acknowledged that reciprocal relations are easy to destabilize. The dynamics of exchange invites exclusion and inequality. For this reason reciprocity should not be presupposed as the normative underpinning of law; instead, law should be presupposed in order to turn reciprocity into a desirable ideal.


Prof. dr. Pauline Westerman PhD
Pauline Westerman is Professor in Philosophy of Law at the University of Groningen and member of staff at the Academy for Legislation in the Hague. She is editor of The Theory and Practice of Legislation, a journal published by Hart, Oxford. She writes mainly on legal methodology and legislation, especially on alternative forms of legislation. For more information as well as publications, see her personal website: <www.paulinewesterman.nl>.
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Systeemtoezicht in de Nederlandse gezondheidszorg. Een experimentele innovatie van toezicht.

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Toezicht, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden systeemtoezicht, kwaliteit en veiligheid van zorg, experimental governance, institutioneel leren, formatief onderzoek
Auteurs Annemiek Stoopendaal, Martin de Bree, Franske Keuter e.a.
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    De Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg (IGZ) heeft geëxperimenteerd met een nieuwe vorm van inspectie gebaseerd op systeemtoezicht (ST). Het experiment volgt uit voortgaande ontwikkelingen in de governance van zorginstellingen. Het experiment is gevolgd en ondersteund met formatief onderzoek. Geleerd is dat ST in de Nederlandse gezondheidszorg, mits gericht en evenwichtig toegepast, een bijdrage kan leveren aan de doelstellingen van de IGZ ten aanzien van effectief en efficiënt toezicht. ST maakt ‘inspectiemaatwerk’ mogelijk. Daarenboven geeft dit artikel inzicht in de werkwijze die gebruikt kan worden bij de modernisering van toezicht.


Annemiek Stoopendaal
Dr. A.M.V. Stoopendaal is universitair docent/wetenschappelijk onderzoeker, instituut Beleid en Management Gezondheidszorg, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Martin de Bree
Dr. ing. M.A. de Bree MBA is adviseur en wetenschappelijk onderzoeker, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Franske Keuter
Drs. F.G. Keuter MD is Coördinerend Specialistisch Senior Inspecteur, Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg.

Paul Robben
Prof. dr. P.B.M. Robben is bijzonder hoogleraar ‘Effectiviteit van toezicht op de kwaliteit van de gezondheidszorg’, instituut Beleid en Management Gezondheidszorg Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam/ Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg.
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ADR en ODR voor consumentenzaken in beweging

Enige juridische implicaties van de Europese ADR-richtlijn en ODR-verordening voor het Nederlandse ADR-landschap

Tijdschrift Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor mediation en conflictmanagement, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden consumentenzaken, ADR-richtlijn, ODR-verordering, implementatie Europese regels
Auteurs Eline Verhage
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    Medio 2013 the European legislator adopted Directive 2013/11/EU (ADR Directive) and Regulation 524/2013 (ODR Regulation), both in the field of European consumer redress. The Directive and Regulation aim to promote the simple, fast and digital (out of court) resolution of consumer disputes. The Directive must be implemented no later than July 2015. This article describes some hurdles the Dutch legislator must overcome to successfully implement the Directive into the self-regulatory Dutch Consumer ADR system.


Eline Verhage
Eline Verhage is recentelijk civielrechtelijk afgestudeerd aan de Universiteit Leiden en thans bezig met het schrijven van een onderzoeksvoorstel teneinde te kunnen promoveren op het gebied van ADR en ODR.
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Consumer Dispute Resolution (CDR) in Europe

Tijdschrift Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor mediation en conflictmanagement, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden Consumer Dispute Resolution, CDR, national cultures, CDR-models
Auteurs Naomi Creutzfeldt en Christopher Hodges
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    This paper is a combination of the ‘Oxford study 2012’ (C. Hodges, I. Benöhr & N. Creutzfeldt-Banda, Consumer ADR in Europe, Oxford: Hart Publishing 2012) and subsequent publications about consumer dispute resolution in Europe. Recent EU legislation aims to establish a EU-wide framework for consumer alternative dispute resolution (CADR or CDR) schemes and a platform for online dispute resolution (ODR). This forces member states to revisit their existing CDR models and in some cases, to modernize their structures. Many member states face challenges of reform of existing systems by the directives implementation date of 2015. This paper will provide an overview of CDR, the development of current legislation and discuss some national examples. The paper concludes with comments about implementation of the directive and potential future direction.


Naomi Creutzfeldt
Naomi Creutzfeldt is ESRC Research Fellow at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Christopher Hodges
Christopher Hodges is Head of the CMS/Swiss Re Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford; Erasmus Professor of the Fundamentals of Private Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; Honorary Professor of the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing; Guest Professor of Wuhan University, Wuhan; Life Member of Wolfson College, Oxford; Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales. Research funding is received from the international law firm CMS, the European Justice Forum and Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited.
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Access_open Source-usage within doctrinal legal inquiry: choices, problems, and challenges

Tijdschrift Law and Method, juni 2014
Trefwoorden methodological challenges, doctrinal legal inquiry, source-usage, methodology, method
Auteurs Mr. Marnix Vincent Roderick Snel LLM, MA
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    This article provides an overview of the methodological challenges that scholars are confronted with in relation to use of legislation, case law and literature commentaries within doctrinal legal inquiry. Therefore it employs a systematic literature review and a supplementary explorative expert-consultation among legal scholars of Tilburg University. Although the scope of the research is still limited, it shows that doctrinal legal inquiry is subjected to more and other methodological challenges surrounding the source-usage than one might expect. This insight may contribute to the further development of the meta-discipline ’law and methodology’ and simultaneously allows for more methodological awareness among doctrinal legal scholars.


Mr. Marnix Vincent Roderick Snel LLM, MA
Marnix Snel is a PhD researcher at the Research Group ‘Methodology of law and legal scholarship’ at Tilburg University. I thank prof. Rob van Gestel, prof. Jan Vranken and Dr. Arie-Jan Kwak for their comments on earlier draft version of this article.
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The Balance between Data Protection and Investigative Powers of Governments

Tijdschrift Vennootschap & Onderneming, Aflevering 5 2014
Trefwoorden data protection, privacy, personal data, Patriot Act
Auteurs A. Lombard en E.W. Stein
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    An overview of the restrictions of the Dutch Data Protection Act concerning the transfer of processing of personal data outside of the EEA, the powers conferred by U.S. Federal Laws with respect to access by intelligence and law enforcement authorities to personal data, and the associated risks faced by businesses.


A. Lombard
A. Lombard is a lawyer at Allen & Overy Amsterdam.

E.W. Stein
E.W. Stein is a lawyer at Allen & Overy Amsterdam.
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Hoe de belastingheffer de mens ontdekt

Een praktijkperspectief op de relatie tussen belastingregels en belastinggedrag

Tijdschrift RegelMaat, Aflevering 2 2014
Trefwoorden belastingheffing, gedragsregulering, gedragsbeïnvloeding, communicatie, nudging
Auteurs H.J.M. van Rooij en D. Geurts
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    Effectiviteit van belastingwetgeving is niet alleen afhankelijk van de wijze waarop de regels zijn ingericht en worden uitgevoerd door de belastingheffer, maar ook van de instelling en het gedrag van de belastingbetaler. De Belastingdienst zet vanuit deze gedachte niet alleen in op toezicht en handhaving, maar ook op service, ondersteuning en vormen van samenwerking. Inzichten uit gedragswetenschappen zijn hierbij onmisbaar om ervoor te zorgen dat inspanningen effectief zijn en niet averechts uitpakken. De auteurs gaan in op een aantal kenmerken van het gedrag van belastingbetalers (aan wie niets menselijks vreemd blijkt) en de wijze waarop daarmee door de Belastingdienst rekening wordt gehouden bij de uitvoering van zijn taken. Daarnaast besteden ze aandacht aan enige lessen die hieruit ook door de wetgever te trekken zijn.


H.J.M. van Rooij
H.J.M. van Rooij werkt als beleidsadviseur bij het directoraat-generaal Belastingdienst van het ministerie van Financiën en houdt zich bezig met communicatie en de relatie tussen gedrag en beleid.

D. Geurts
D. Geurts werkt als beleidsadviseur bij het directoraat-generaal Belastingdienst van het ministerie van Financiën en houdt zich bezig met communicatie en de relatie tussen gedrag en beleid.
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Access_open Metatoezicht op voedselveiligheid

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Toezicht, Aflevering 1 2014
Trefwoorden metatoezicht op voedselveiligheid, privaat toezicht, NVWA, voedselveiligheid, publiek-private samenwerking
Auteurs Mr. dr. Paul Verbruggen en Dr. ir. Tetty Havinga
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    Toezicht op voedselveiligheid is een aangelegenheid van zowel publieke als private partijen. Overheid en bedrijfsleven dragen beide verantwoordelijkheid voor controle en naleving van voedselveiligheidsnormen. Zij hebben daartoe allebei geavanceerde systemen van toezicht ontwikkeld met als primair doel risico’s op voedselveiligheid te beheersen en beperken. Kenmerkend is de relatief recente ontwikkeling dat publieke en private actoren elkaars inspanningen voor de verwezenlijking van dit doel onderling pogen af te stemmen. In Nederland probeert de Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) toezicht te houden op private vormen van toezicht. Hoe richt de NVWA dit metatoezicht (toezicht op toezicht) in? Welke waarborgen brengt de NVWA aan bij de afstemming van haar toezicht op private initiatieven en op welke punten behoeft dit verbetering? De auteurs maken een vergelijkende analyse van twee initiatieven van privaat toezicht die door de NVWA zijn geaccepteerd als ‘zelfcontrolesysteem’ voor levensmiddelen, te weten Bureau de Wit en Riskplaza.


Mr. dr. Paul Verbruggen
Mr. dr. P.W.J. Verbruggen is universitair docent Onderzoekcentrum Onderneming & Recht.

Dr. ir. Tetty Havinga
Dr. ir. T. Havinga is universitair hoofddocent rechtssociologie.
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Mooie woorden zijn nog geen mooie daden

Een kritische reflectie op het verband tussen legitimiteit en nalevingsgedrag

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2014
Auteurs Ben van Velthoven en Bo Terpstra
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Ben van Velthoven
Ben van Velthoven is universitair hoofddocent rechtseconomie aan de Universiteit Leiden. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op aansprakelijkheidsvraagstukken, geschilbeslechting en rechtshandhaving.

Bo Terpstra
Bo Terpstra is als wetenschappelijk docent verbonden aan de Juridische Faculteit van de Universiteit Leiden.

    In judicial review of decisions of administrative authorities courts generally aim towards grounding a judgment on substantively true facts. Such a substantive truth is usually understood as meaning ’that which happened’. But how can true facts be established if the facts have not yet occurred and what implications does this have for judicial review in administrative procedures? In this article this question will be analysed by taking the Dutch Administrative Court’s review of merger decisions of the Dutch Competition Authority - using a substantively close copy of the European merger control assessment framework - as subject of analysis. Judicial review of the substantive assessment in merger control, including the prospective analysis involved and taking into account complexities of economic evidence, will be analyzed and set against the general aim of establishing substantive truth of facts.


Anna Dr. Gerbrandy Ph.D.
Dr. Anna Gerbrandy is associate professor in Public Economic Law at the Europa Institute, Utrecht University.
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Access_open Alternative Methodologies: Learning Critique as a Skill

Tijdschrift Law and Method, 2013
Trefwoorden governmentality, methodology, method, skill
Auteurs Bal Sokhi-Bulley
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    How can we teach critical legal education? The article tackles this key question by focusing on the role of methodology in legal education and research. I argue that critical legal education requires marketing methodology as a ‘skill’, thereby freeing it from what students and researchers in Law often view as the negative connotations of ‘theory’. This skill requires exploring ‘alternative methodologies’ – those critical perspectives that depart from legal positivism and which Law traditionally regards as ‘peripheral’. As an example, the article explores the Foucauldian concept of governmentality as a useful methodological tool. The article also discusses the difference between theory, methodology and method, and reviews current academic contributions on law and method(ology). Ultimately, it suggests a need for a ‘revolt of conduct’ in legal education. Perhaps then we might hope for students that are not docile and disengaged (despite being successful lawyers) but, rather, able to nurture an attitude that allows for ‘thinking’ (law) critically.


Bal Sokhi-Bulley
Bal Sokhi-Bulley is Lecturer in Law atQueen’s University in Belfast.
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Geen woorden maar daden

De invloed van legitimiteit en vertrouwen op het nalevingsgedrag van verkeersovertreders

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2013
Trefwoorden perceptions of legitimacy, Compliance, procedural justice
Auteurs Marc Hertogh, Bert Schudde en Heinrich Winter
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    For many years, most regulatory research focused on instrumental motivations for compliance, which emphasize the role of rewards and punishments related to (dis)obeying the law. However, more recent studies have also emphasized the potential role of normative motivations. Using survey data collected from a sample of 1,182 traffic offenders in the Netherlands, and building on the ‘procedural justice model’ which was first developed in Why People Obey the Law (Tyler 1990), this paper explores how perceptions of legitimacy shape regulatory compliance. The study makes three contributions to the literature. First, this study is one of the few studies in which the procedural justice model is tested in Continental Europe. Second, following recent critiques in the literature, the paper introduces three modifications to the original model. Third, and unlike most previous studies, this study is not entirely based on self-reporting by drivers, but includes actual evidence about their behavior as well. With regard to the self-reported level of compliance, our study largely confirms Tyler’s (1990) original findings. Yet with regard to the observed level of compliance, there are also important differences between both studies. These findings will be explained by shifting our focus of attention from Tyler’s ‘universalistic’ approach to ‘legitimacy-in-context’ (Beetham 1991).


Marc Hertogh
Marc Hertogh is hoogleraar Rechtssociologie aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Centrale thema’s in zijn onderzoek zijn de maatschappelijke effecten van wetgeving, de maatschappelijke beleving van recht en rechtsstaat, en de legitimiteit van het overheidsoptreden. Recente publicaties: Scheidende machten: de relatiecrisis tussen politiek en rechtspraak (Boom Juridische uitgevers 2012) en (met Heleen Weyers) Recht van onderop: antwoorden uit de rechtssociologie (Ars Aequi Libri 2011).

Bert Schudde
Bert Schudde studeerde sociologie aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en is werkzaam als onderzoeker bij Pro Facto. Hij heeft brede onderzoekservaring in toegepast beleids- en evaluatieonderzoek, grootschalig surveyonderzoek en kwantitatieve analyse.

Heinrich Winter
Heinrich Winter is directeur van Pro Facto, bureau voor bestuurskundig en juridisch onderzoek, onderwijs en advies. Daarnaast is hij in Groningen bijzonder hoogleraar Toezicht. Hij is veelvuldig betrokken bij wetsevaluaties, waarover hij ook publiceert. Recente publicaties over toezicht zijn ‘Waar blijft het interbestuurlijk toezicht?’, in: Publicaties van de Staatsrechtkring nr. 16 (Wolf Legal Publishers 2012) en ‘Meten van de effecten van toezicht. Yes we can?’, Tijdschrift voor Toezicht 2012/2, p. 63-80. In 2013 schreef hij met Bert Marseille de handleiding Professioneel behandelen van bezwaarschriften voor BZK/Prettig contact met de overheid.
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Hugo Sinzheimer en de collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2013
Trefwoorden Labour relations, collective agreement, Sinzheimer
Auteurs Robert Knegt
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    The German lawyer / labour law professor Hugo Sinzheimer (1875-1945) has, in the first two decades of the twentieth century, contributed significantly to the legal recognition of the ‘collective labour agreement’. The imperative character of CLA provisions, now widely accepted all over the world, required a paradigmatic turn in the dominant private law perspective on labour relations. The paper tries to specify what made him able and prone to do this, both by reconstructing the legal and political discussion in Germany and the Netherlands and by relating elements of the process to social-scientific theories of institutional and intellectual innovation. I argue that his combination of commitments in various fields (legal practice, science, politics) allowed him to span the gap between the fields of labour relations and state law and to contribute to the constitutionalisation of labour relations.


Robert Knegt
Robert Knegt is als directeur onderzoek verbonden aan het Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut, centrum voor onderzoek van ‘arbeid en recht’ aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij doet daar onderzoek naar de praktijk van arbeidsrechtelijke regelingen (ontslagrecht, flexwerk, arbeidstijden) en werkt aan een bij uitstek interdisciplinair project over ‘langetermijnontwikkelingen in de regulering van arbeid’. In 2008 verscheen The employment contract as an exclusionary device (Antwerp-Oxford-Portland: Intersentia).
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Labour mediation in Spain in times of crisis

Tijdschrift Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor mediation en conflictmanagement, Aflevering 4 2013
Trefwoorden Spain, Economic crisis, Collective bargaining, Collective Agreements
Auteurs Yolanda Maneiro Vázquez, José María Miranda Boto en Ricardo Rodríguez Contreras
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    The authors give an insight into the Spanish developments in ADR in the recent years of economic crisis. The crisis has led to a fuller activation of the Spanish ADR system. The larger number of mediation processes is clearly related to the difficulties collective bargaining is going through. As a result of the latest liberal reform which decentralises collective bargaining, a new crack has opened in the overall system: since September 2012 there is regulation on the functioning of the National Consultative Committee for Collective Agreements, granting it the authority to solve any dispute arising between the undertaking and workers’ representatives regarding total or partial opting-out of the collective agreement. Furthermore, regions without an ADR system in place should forward such disputes in their territory to the Committee.


Yolanda Maneiro Vázquez
Yolanda Maneiro Vázquez works at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

José María Miranda Boto
José María Miranda Boto works at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Ricardo Rodríguez Contreras
Ricardo Rodríguez Contreras works at the Labour Asociados, Madrid.
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Access_open From Legal Pluralism to Public Justification

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3/4 2013
Trefwoorden legal pluralism, diversity and law, law and justification, concept of law
Auteurs Dr. Emmanuel Melissaris
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    The paper offers an argument for a conception of legal pluralism, which has some substantive upshots and at least partly alleviates that legal pluralism may regress to rampant relativism. In particular, I will argue that law in its pluralist conception is inextricably linked to the requirement of public justification. This is not by way of appealing to any transcendental normative ideals but as a matter of entailment of the very practice of law. But, perhaps to the disappointment of many, this procedural requirement is the only practical consequence of the concept of law. For thicker, substantive limits to what law can do and for ways in which legal pluralism may be reduced in real contexts one will have to turn to the actual circumstances furnishing the law with content and a different kind of thinking about the law.


Dr. Emmanuel Melissaris
Associate Professor of Law, Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science. I am grateful to Sanne Taekema and Wibo van Rossum as well as the two anonymous referees for their helpful critical comments. A version of this paper was presented at the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. I am indebted to all the participants in that seminar and particularly to Roger Cotterrell, Ann Mumford, Maskymilian del Mar, Prakash Shah, Valsamis Mitsilegas, Wayne Morrison, Michael Lobban, Richard Nobles and David Schiff. Many thanks also to Sean Coyle, George Pavlakos, Alexis Galan Avila and Mariano Croce for their valuable comments on earlier drafts of the paper. I am solely responsible for all remaining errors.
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Access_open A Turn to Legal Pluralism in Rule of Law Promotion?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3/4 2013
Trefwoorden legal pluralism, rule of law promotion, legal reform, customary law, non-state legal systems, donor policy
Auteurs Dr.mr Ronald Janse
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    Over the past 25 years, international organizations, NGOs and (mostly Western) states have spent considerable energy and resources on strengthening and reforming legal systems in developing countries. The results of these efforts have generally been disappointing, despite occasional successes. Among donors, one of most popular explanations of this failure in recent years is that rule of law promotion has wrongly focused almost exclusively on strengthening the formal legal system. Donors have therefore decided to 'engage' with informal justice systems. The turn to legal plu‍ra‍lism is to be welcomed for various reasons. But it is also surprising and worrisome. It is surprising because legal pluralism in developing countries was a fact of life before rule of law promotion began. What made donors pursuing legal reform blind to this reality for so long? It is worrisome because it is not self-evident that the factors which have contributed to such cognitive blindness have disappeared overnight. Are donors really ready to refocus their efforts on legal pluralism and 'engage' with informal justice systems? This paper, which is based on a review of the literature on donor engamenet with legal pluralism in so-called conflict affected and fragile states, is about these questions. It argues that 7 factors have been responsible for donor blindness regarding legal pluralism. It questions whether these factors have been addressed.


Dr.mr Ronald Janse
Ronald Janse is Associate Professor of Law, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Access_open Unity in Multiplicity: Shared Cultural Understandings on Marital Life in a Damascus Catholic and Muslim Court

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3/4 2013
Trefwoorden Syria, personal status law, Eastern Catholic law, patriarchal family, marital obligations
Auteurs Esther Van Eijk Ph.D.
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    Family relations in Syria are governed by a plurality of personal status laws and courts. This plurality manifests itself on a variety of levels, including statutory, communal and individual. In this article, the author argues that, albeit this plurality, Syrian personal status law is also characterised by the prevalence of shared, gendered norms and views on marital life. Based on fieldwork conducted in a Catholic and a shar’iyya personal status courts in Damascus in 2009, the author examines the shared cultural understandings on marital relationships that were found in these courts, and as laid down – most importantly – in the respective Catholic and Muslim family laws. The article maintains that the patriarchal family model is preserved and reinforced by the various personal status laws and by the various actors which operated in the field of personal status law. Finally, two Catholic case studies are presented and analysed to demonstrate the importance and attachment to patriarchal gender norms in the Catholic first instance court of Damascus.


Esther Van Eijk Ph.D.
Esther Van Eijk is a postdoc researcher at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She recently defended (September 2013) her Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘Family Law in Syria: A Plurality of Laws, Norms, and Legal Practices’ at Leiden University, the Netherlands. This study is based on her PhD fieldwork (including interviews and participant observation) conducted in March-April 2008, and October 2008-July 2009 in Syria.
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Access_open At the Crossroads of National and European Union Law. Experiences of National Judges in a Multi-level Legal Order

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3/4 2013
Trefwoorden national judges, legal pluralism, application of EU law, legal consciousness, supremacy and direct effect of EU law
Auteurs Urszula Jaremba Ph.D.
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    The notion and theory of legal pluralism have been witnessing an increasing interest on part of scholars. The theory that originates from the legal anthropological studies and is one of the major topical streams in the realm of socio-legal studies slowly but steady started to become a point of departure for other disciplines. Unavoidably it has also gained attention from the scholars in the realm of the law of the European Union. It is the aim of the present article to illustrate the legal reality in which the law of the Union and the national laws coexist and intertwine with each other and, subsequently, to provide some insight on the manner national judges personally construct their own understanding of this complex legal architecture and the problems they come across in that respect. In that sense, the present article not only illustrates the new, pluralistic legal environment that came into being with the founding of the Communities, later the European Union, but also adds another dimension to this by presenting selected, empirical data on how national judges in several Member States of the EU individually perceive, adapt to, experience and make sense of this reality of overlapping and intertwining legal orders. Thus, the principal aim of this article is to illustrate how the pluralistic legal system works in the mind of a national judge and to capture the more day-to-day legal reality by showing how the law works on the ground through the lived experiences of national judges.


Urszula Jaremba Ph.D.
Urszula Jaremba, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of European Union Law, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. I am grateful to the editors of this Special Issue: Prof. Dr. Sanne Taekema and Dr. Wibo van Rossum as well as to the two anonymous reviewers for their useful comments. I am also indebted to Dr. Tobias Nowak for giving me his consent to use the data concerning the Dutch and German judges in this article. This article is mostly based on a doctoral research project that resulted in a doctoral manuscript titled ‘Polish Civil Judges as European Union Law Judges: Knowledge, Experiences and Attitudes’, defended on the 5th of October 2012.
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Het EU-concentratietoezicht in de steigers

Klein onderhoud of gemorrel aan het fundament?

Tijdschrift Markt & Mededinging, Aflevering 5 2013
Trefwoorden herziening concentratietoezicht, verwijzing, minderheidsdeelnemingen, zeggenschap
Auteurs Mr. R.A. Struijlaart LLM
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    De laatste herziening van het EU-concentratietoezicht dateert alweer van ruim negen jaar geleden. Inmiddels heeft de Europese Commissie de eerste stappen gezet om een nieuwe herziening mogelijk te maken. De meest belangwekkende wijziging die de Commissie tot dusver heeft voorgesteld is de uitbreiding van het toepassingsbereik van de Verordening, zodat ook de verwerving van bepaalde minderheidsdeelnemingen die geen (uitsluitende of gezamenlijke) zeggenschap verschaffen onder de reikwijdte van de EU-concentratieverordening komt te vallen. De vraag kan worden gesteld of de Commissie hier niet met een kanon op een mug dreigt te willen schieten.


Mr. R.A. Struijlaart LLM
Robin Struijlaart is advocaat bij de Praktijkgroep Mededinging & Overheid van Loyens & Loeff N.V. te Amsterdam.
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