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Recht als probleemoplossing?

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2017
Auteurs Hilke Grootelaar, Prof. Peter Mascini en Dr. Wibo van Rossum
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Hilke Grootelaar
Hilke Grootelaar is postdoc onderzoeker bij het Montaigne Centrum voor Rechtspleging en Conflictoplossing van de Universiteit Utrecht. Daarnaast is ze redactiesecretaris van dit tijdschrift en maakt ze deel uit van de gastredactie van dit themanummer van Recht der Werkelijkheid.

Prof. Peter Mascini
Peter Mascini is hoogleraar Empirical Legal Studies aan de Erasmus School of Law, de universiteit waaraan hij ook verbonden is als universitair hoofddocent Sociologie bij de Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op legitimering, uitvoering en handhaving van wetgeving en beleid. Daarnaast is hij redactielid van Recht der Werkelijkheid en maakt hij deel uit van de gastredactie van dit themanummer van Recht der Werkelijkheid.

Dr. Wibo van Rossum
Wibo van Rossum is Universitair Hoofddocent aan het departement Sociology, Theory & Methodology van de Erasmus School of Law. Hij maakt deel uit van de gastredactie van dit themanummer van Recht der Werkelijkheid.

Suzan Verberk
Suzan Verberk is wetenschappelijk adviseur bij de Raad voor derechtspraak en lid van de redactie van Recht der Werkelijkheid.
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Voorbij procedurele rechtvaardigheid

De betrekkelijkheid van de beleving van respondenten

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden Procedural Justice, Administrative law, Access to Justice, Outcomes of legal proceedings
Auteurs Dr. Nienke Doornbos
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    To overcome problems of juridification and formalization of administrative law, successful initiatives have been undertaken by professionals in the public administration and judiciary to improve administrative procedures. These initiatives have been inspired by theories of (perceived) procedural justice, as developed by Tyler and Lind (1988). Although the author acknowledges the importance of procedural justice, she argues that the strong focus on procedural aspects, based on subjective opinions of claimants, may unintentionally lead to a situation in which other important issues may be easily overlooked, such as the question why citizens would refrain from starting a lawsuit or the question what explains the low success rates of citizens in administrative law.


Dr. Nienke Doornbos
Nienke Doornbos is universitair docent bij de Afdeling Algemene rechtsleer van de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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De civiele rechter als problem solver

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden legal profession, conflict resolution, procedural justice
Auteurs Dr. Wibo van Rossum en Prof. Rick Verschoof
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    We investigate a recent development in the practice of the civil courts: judges increasingly devote attention to the underlying conflict of parties instead of only to their legal dispute. In administrative law, this development has already been codified and termed ‘de Nieuwe zaaksbehandeling’, but not so in other areas of law.
    Lawyers know that social conflicts are transformed into legally viable disputes so that the court can decide on them. For a long time, the most important task for lawyers was to resolve those legal disputes. Nowadays, that does not seem to be enough: judges should become problem solvers. Civil judges seem to blend in with these new requirements, but the question is whether the new approach really works. Based on our empirical material of 100 observed cases in civil law, we answer the following questions. 1. What do judges actually do in civil cases when they address underlying conflicts and try to steer parties toward a settlement? 2. What effects do these interventions of judges have on the outcome of cases? 3. How are these interventions perceived by the parties in terms of procedural justice?


Dr. Wibo van Rossum
Wibo van Rossum is Universitair Hoofddocent aan het departement Sociology, Theory & Methodology van de Erasmus School of Law te Rotterdam.

Prof. Rick Verschoof
Rick Verschoof is senior-rechter bij de Rechtbank Midden-Nederland en bijzonder hoogleraar rechtspraak aan de Universiteit Utrecht.
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Naar een regierecht voor de burger in het sociale domein?

Het recht op een familiegroepsplan als legal transplant

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden Family group conference, Legal transplant, Care professionals, Family life, Big Society
Auteurs Dr. Annie de Roo en Dr. Rob Jagtenberg
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    The concept of family group conferences (FGCs) originated in New Zealand in 1989 as a tool and statutory right for extended family networks to arrange for the welfare and safety of a child that is neglected or abused by his/her own parents. Through successful FGCs, state intervention can be avoided while the resourcefulness of the larger community is mobilized. The concept has proliferated to many countries and therefore lends itself for analysis as a ‘legal transplant’. This contribution investigates the FGC as a transplant, focussing on how the concept has been adapted and incorporated in the legal systems of England and the Netherlands. In these two countries the ‘Big Society’ and austerity measures in the social domain are high on the policy agenda. How are such policy priorities blended – if at all – with the emancipatory ideal of granting family networks autonomy next to, or even over, publicly funded professionals? It appears that the FGC concept has been compromised in both England and the Netherlands, but in different ways.


Dr. Annie de Roo
Annie de Roo is associate professor aan de Erasmus Law School te Rotterdam.

Dr. Rob Jagtenberg
Rob Jagtenberg is senior fellow aan de Erasmus Law School te Rotterdam.
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De bezwaarprocedure: Onderzoek naar verbanden tussen de inrichting van de procedure en de inhoudelijke kwaliteit van bezwaarbehandeling

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden Dispute resolution procedures, Quality, Administrative law, Objection procedure, Professional users
Auteurs Marc Wever LLM
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    If someone disagrees with an administrative order, he or she has to lodge an objection with the administrative authority responsible for the order. Only after the administrative authority has fully reconsidered the contested order is the interested party allowed to seek redress with the administrative courts. Estimates are that around 2.6 million objections are filled each year, making the administrative objection procedure the most frequently used dispute resolution procedure in the Netherlands. Numerous variations can be found in the way administrative authorities handle objections. Does this affect how professional users evaluate its quality? And if so, how can this be explained?


Marc Wever LLM
Marc Wever is promovendus & docent aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en doet een promotieonderzoek naar de kwaliteit van bezwaarbehandeling door bestuursorganen.

Dr. Marc Simon Thomas
Marc Simon Thomas is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Law and connected to the Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution at the Utrecht University. He is trained in legal anthropology and has worked on legal pluralism and dispute settlement in Latin America. His present empirical socio-legal research focuses on ADR in the Netherlands.

Hilke Grootelaar
Hilke Grootelaar is promovenda bij het Montaigne Centrum voor Rechtspleging en Conflictoplossing van de Universiteit Utrecht. Ze doet onderzoek naar ervaren procedurele rechtvaardigheid en vertrouwen in instituties. Daarnaast is ze redactiesecretaris van dit tijdschrift.

Dr. Agnes Schreiner
Agnes Schreiner is oud-redacteur van Recht der Werkelijkheid en op het moment lid van de redactieraad. Als universitair docent is Schreiner werkzaam bij de Afdeling Algemene Rechtsleer, sectie Rechtssociologie/antropologie, van de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 1990 promoveerde ze op Roem van het recht. Tegenwoordig draagt ze bij aan het onderwijs van de genoemde afdeling, onder meer de vakken Recht en menselijk gedrag en Europese rechtsgeschiedenis. Ze begeleidt studenten met belangstelling voor Australische en Europese rechtsculturen. Over deze onderwerpen heeft ze regelmatig gepubliceerd.
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Werkdruk en organisatieontwikkeling in de rechtspraak

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Occupational stress, Dutch judicial organization, Organizational development and change, Judicial autonomy
Auteurs Ivo van Duijneveldt, Peter Wijga en Kirsten van Reisen
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    What causes occupational stress in the Dutch judicial organization? And what can be done to moderate the effects? This article addresses these questions from an organizational perspective. The well-known job demand/job control-model (Karasek) and sociotechnical principles for organizational design are used as a theoretical framework. Increasing job demands (workload, complexity) combined with reduced opportunities for individual judicial professionals to control their work are considered root causes for organizational stress. In addition to these factors, the specific characteristics of the judicial organizational culture should also be acknowledged. This culture is based on a strong emphasis on individual professional performance and responsibility, making it a complex task to mitigate occupational stress from an organizational perspective. A short overview of recent developments to manage occupational stress in the Dutch judicial organization concludes the article.


Ivo van Duijneveldt
Ivo van Duijneveldt is als adviseur en onderzoeker verbonden aan organisatieadviesbureau Andersson Elffers Felix. In opdracht van de Raad voor de rechtspraak heeft hij in de periode oktober 2015 tot juni 2016 verdiepend onderzoek uitgevoerd naar verklarende factoren voor werkdruk in de rechtspraak. Dit onderzoek is verschenen onder de titel ‘Naar een vitale organisatie. Duurzaam omgaan met werkdruk binnen de rechtspraak’, in de reeks Research Memoranda van de Raad voor de rechtspraak.

Peter Wijga
Peter Wijga is als adviseur en onderzoeker verbonden aan organisatieadviesbureau Andersson Elffers Felix. In opdracht van de Raad voor de rechtspraak heeft hij in de periode oktober 2015 tot juni 2016 verdiepend onderzoek uitgevoerd naar verklarende factoren voor werkdruk in de rechtspraak. Dit onderzoek is gepubliceerd onder de titel ‘Naar een vitale organisatie. Duurzaam omgaan met werkdruk binnen de rechtspraak’, in de reeks Research Memoranda van de Raad voor de rechtspraak.

Kirsten van Reisen
Kirsten van Reisen is als adviseur en onderzoeker verbonden aan organisatieadviesbureau Andersson Elffers Felix. In opdracht van de Raad voor de rechtspraak heeft zij in de periode oktober 2015 tot juni 2016 verdiepend onderzoek uitgevoerd naar verklarende factoren voor werkdruk in de rechtspraak. Dit onderzoek is gepubliceerd onder de titel ‘Naar een vitale organisatie. Duurzaam omgaan met werkdruk binnen de rechtspraak’, in de reeks Research Memoranda van de Raad voor de rechtspraak.
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De ‘governmentality’ van een lokaal prostitutieveld?

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Prostitution, Policy, Morality, Governing, Empirical research
Auteurs Eelco van Wijk Msc
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    Many scholars interpreted the lifting of the ban on brothels in 2000 (often called the legalization of prostitution) in The Netherlands, as a sign that selling sex was no longer deemed morally objectionable. Governing prostitution thus became primarily a technical matter of government. A task that, for a large part, was delegated to municipalities. However, nearly two decades later, the debate surrounding prostitution (policy) is still characterized by its moral tone of voice, and we lack insight into the strategies and techniques deployed by local governments. This raises two important questions. First, what actually happens in legalized local prostitution markets? Extant research, focusses too much on (changes in) national policy, and too little on what key actors (such as municipalities) are actually doing in local prostitution markets. Second, what is the role of moral aspects? When local actors are studied, insufficient attention is paid to the influence of moral issues. My PhD research addresses these two questions, by looking at the relationship between moral beliefs surrounding prostitution and the way in which local governments attempt to stabilize or change the modus operandi of a local prostitution market. It develops a theoretical framework combining field theory and Foucauldian governmentality concepts, and tries to shed light on the broader theme of the relation between morality and governing in late modern times.


Eelco van Wijk Msc
Eelco van Wijk is onderzoeker en docent aan de afdeling bestuurswetenschap en politicologie van de Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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Redeloze voorzorg

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2017
Auteurs Dr. Jaap Hanekamp en Prof. em. mr. dr. drs. Lukas Bergkamp
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Dr. Jaap Hanekamp
Jaap Hanekamp is zowel gepromoveerd in de chemie en geneeskunde (1992) als in de theologie en filosofie (2015). Hij is Universitair Hoofddocent University College Roosevelt, Middelburg en adjunct-professor, University of Massachusetts, Environmental Health Sciences, Amherst, MA, USA.

Prof. em. mr. dr. drs. Lukas Bergkamp
Prof. em. mr. dr. drs. Lucas Bergkamp, arts en jurist, is partner bij Hunton & Williams, Brussel. Hij was hoogleraar international milieuaansprakelijkheidsrecht aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
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Waarom schakelen burgers (geen) rechtshulp in?

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Legal advice / assistance, Acces to justice, Income level, Judicial autonomy, Cost-benefit analysis
Auteurs Dr. Marijke ter Voert en Dr. Carolien Klein Haarhuis
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    This article serves to gain insight in the use and non-use of various types of legal advice, particularly in relation to income levels and legal costs. Based on (logistic regression) analyses involving survey data on 1,928 Dutch citizens who experienced a non-trivial problem in the period May 2009 to May 2014, main findings are as follows: (1) 37% of citizens facing a (potential) legal problem contacted various types of legal advisers once or repeatedly. (2) In the explanation of use/non-use of advocates, problem characteristics turned out to matter significantly, in contrast with the level of household income. Entitlements to subsidized legal aid (lower income groups) as well as legal expenses insurance have made income a factor of less importance. (3) Looking at the degree in which citizens reported (high) costs being a reason for not using legal advice, again no significant differences were found between income groups. Especially advocates were deemed too expensive, regardless of household income; a reason for non-use in half of the cases in which advocates had been considered.


Dr. Marijke ter Voert
Marijke ter Voert is werkzaam als (senior-)onderzoeker bij het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC), ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie. Zij is betrokken geweest bij inmiddels drie edities van het Geschilbeslechtingsdelta-onderzoek naar (potentieel) juridische problemen van burgers en de wegen die zij bewandelen om die op te lossen.

Dr. Carolien Klein Haarhuis
Carolien Klein Haarhuis is werkzaam als (senior-)onderzoeker bij het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC), ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie. Zij is betrokken geweest bij inmiddels drie edities van het Geschilbeslechtingsdelta-onderzoek naar (potentieel) juridische problemen van burgers en de wegen die zij bewandelen om die op te lossen.

Dr. Ronald Janse
Universitair hoofddocent encyclopedie van het recht, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Werkt aan een monografie over de evolutie ‎van de bevoegdheid van de EU om de rechtsstaat in lidstaten te beschermen.
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‘Ik ben slecht in het legen van mijn brievenbus en heb een telefoonfobie’

Het belang van een match in het soort contact tussen uitkeringsgerechtigden en uitkeringsinstanties

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Satisfaction, Digital contact, Matching, Public Assistance
Auteurs Dr. Willem Bantema
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    In recent years, contacts between citizens and the government have increasingly become digital. Most people believe that the development toward more digital and thus more impersonal contact could be negative in terms of procedural justice and policy effectiveness. Higher educated and younger citizens embrace contact through the internet more than lower educated and older citizens. This study questions the call for more personal contact. Based on a panel survey, two different kinds of recipients of public assistance are compared: recipients of municipal social services (N=596) and recipients of unemployment benefits (N=709). Because of the social-demographic characteristics mentioned earlier, the recipients of the former are expected to be more negative about digital contact than the latter. This study identifies how these types of recipients of public assistance prefer to have contact with their municipality or agency, and how that works in practice. It shows that neither personal contact preferences, nor the way contact works in practice are decisive for satisfaction with the contact, but the way those two elements are matched. A match of impersonal contact leads to similar satisfaction as a match of personal contact.


Dr. Willem Bantema
Dr. Willem Bantema is senior onderzoeker binnen de interdisciplinaire onderzoeksgroep ‘Handhaving van onderop’ aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en is werkzaam als docent-onderzoeker aan het lectoraat Cybersafety aan de Noorderlijke Hoge School Leeuwarden (NHL). Hij is gespecialiseerd in kwantitatieve en kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethoden en geïnteresseerd in de wijze waarop mensen in hun dagelijks leven met wetgeving omgaan.
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“The production of law”: Law in action in the everyday and the juridical consequences of juridification

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2016
Trefwoorden juridification, production of space, law in action, local bye-laws
Auteurs dr. mr. Danielle Chevalier
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    In an increasingly diversifying society, public space is the quintessential social realm1x Lofland 1998. where members of that diverse society meet each other. Thus space is shared, whilst norms regarding that space are not always shared. Of rivalling norms, some are codified into formal law, in a process Habermas called juridification. Early Habermas regarded juridification a negative process, ‘colonizing the lifeworld’. Later Habermas argued juridification a viable pillar for conviviality in diversity. The shift in Habermas’ perspective invites the question how law works in action. In this article a frame is offered to scrutinize the working of law in action in public space, by applying the conceptual triad of spatial thinker Lefebvre to understand how law is “produced”. It argues that how law is perceived in action is pivotal to understanding how law works in action. Moreover, it discusses the possible ramifications of the perception of law in action for how the legal system as a whole is perceived.

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  • 1 Lofland 1998.


dr. mr. Danielle Chevalier
Danielle Chevalier is a lecturer and research fellow at the University of Amsterdam, affiliated to both the Bonger Institute for Criminology and the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research. Her academic works focuses on the intersection of the legal and the spatial, positioned within the frames of urban sociology, criminology and legal sociology. More specifically she researches legal interventions in the urban realm through qualitative methods, and publishes both on law in action and research methods. Her current project centers on the development of the concept 'emotional ownership of public space'.
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The precaution controversy: an analysis through the lens of Ulrich Beck and Michel Foucault

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2016
Trefwoorden Precautionary principle, risk society, governmentality, risk governance, environmental law
Auteurs Tobias Arnoldussen
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    According to the precautionary principle lack of scientific evidence for the existence of a certain (environmental) risk should not be a reason not to take preventative policy measures. The precautionary principle had a stormy career in International environmental law and made its mark on many treaties, including the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). However it remains controversial. Proponents see it as the necessary legal curb to keep the dangerous tendencies of industrial production and technology in check. Opponents regard it with suspicion. They fear it will lead to a decrease in freedom and fear the powers to intervene that it grants the state. In this article the principle is reviewed from the perspectives of Ulrich Beck’s ‘reflexive modernisation’ and Michel Foucault’s notion of governmentality. It is argued that from Beck’s perspective the precautionary principle is the result of a learning process in which mankind gradually comes to adopt a reflexive attitude to the risks modernity has given rise to. It represents the wish to devise more inclusive and democratic policies on risks and environmental hazards. From the perspective of Michel Foucault however, the principle is part and parcel of neo-liberal tendencies of responsibilisation. Risk management and prudency are devolved to the public in an attempt to minimise risk taking, while at the same time optimising production. Moreover, it grants legitimacy to state intervention if the public does not live up to the responsibilities foisted on it. Both perspectives are at odds, but represent different sides of the same coin and might learn from each other concerns.


Tobias Arnoldussen
Tobias Arnoldussen is a socio-legal scholar affiliated with the University of Amsterdam Law School and the PPLE honours college. Next to lecturing on a variety of subjects, he focusses on interdisciplinary legal research into the possibilities of law to deal with contemporary social problems.
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Framing labor contracts: Contract versus network theories

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2016
Trefwoorden contract theory, Network theory, Labor regulation, subjectivity, performativity
Auteurs Robert Knegt
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Since the 18th century the ‘contractual model’ has become both a paradigm of social theories (f.i. ‘rational choice’) and a dominant model of structuring labour relations. Its presupposition of the subjectivity of individual actors as a given is criticized with reference to network-based theories (Latour, Callon) and to analyses of Foucault. The current contract model of labour relations is analyzed from a historical perspective on normative regimes of labour relations, that imply different conceptions of ‘subjectivity’. Research into the regulation of labour relations requires an analysis in terms of an entanglement of human beings, technologies and legal discourse.


Robert Knegt
Senior researcher at Hugo Sinzheimer Institute, University of Amsterdam
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Social Theory and Legal Practices

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2016
Auteurs Tobias Arnoldussen, Dr. Robert Knegt en Associate Professor Rob Schwitters
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Tobias Arnoldussen
Tobias Arnoldussen is a socio-legal scholar affiliated with the University of Amsterdam Law School and the PPLE honours college. Next to lecturing on a variety of subjects, he focusses on interdisciplinary legal research into the possibilities of law to deal with contemporary social problems.

Dr. Robert Knegt
Dr. Robert Knegt is Guest Researcher at the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute, University of Amsterdam. As a sociologist of law, he has been project leader of numerous research projects that combine legal and sociological methods in the field of labour relations. He is particularly interested in a historical-sociological study of long-term developments in the normative structuration of labour relations.

Associate Professor Rob Schwitters
Rob Schwitters is Associate Professor of Sociology of Law and connected to the Paul Scholten Centre at the University of Amsterdam. He publishes on tort law, responsibility and liability, the welfare state and compliance.
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Opinio juris as epistème: A constructivist approach to the use of contested concepts in legal doctrine

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2016
Trefwoorden Opinio juris, Interpretive concepts, Customary law, Constructivism, Pierre Bourdieu, Peter Berger & Thomas Luckmann
Auteurs Associate Professor Olaf Tans
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    Seeing that the role of opinio juris in the identification of customary international law is essentially contested, this contribution seeks to explain how this concept plays a fruitful role in legal doctrine despite of, or perhaps even due to, this essential contestedness. To that effect the paper adopts a constructivist perspective, primarily drawing from Bourdieu’s theory of practice and Berger & Luckmann’s ideas about institutionalization. In this perspective, contested concepts such as opinio juris are conceived of as multifaceted tools of knowledge production in the hands of members of epistemic communities.


Associate Professor Olaf Tans
Olaf Tans works as legal philosopher and political scientist at Amsterdam University College and the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law. His contribution to this special issue is part of a research line focusing on the social construction of normativity in legal doctrine. He has also published about constitutionalism, citizenship, democracy, and most recently (e.g. in Ratio Juris and Law & Literature) about the use of foundational narratives in public deliberation and law-finding.
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