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Access_open The Relationship between Empirical Legal Studies and Doctrinal Legal Research

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 2 2020
Trefwoorden empirical legal studies, legal research methods, doctrinal legal research, new legal realism, critical legal studies, law and policy
Auteurs Gareth Davies
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article considers how empirical legal studies (ELS) and doctrinal legal research (DLR) interact. Rather than seeing them as competitors that are methodologically independent and static, it suggests that they are interdependent activities, which may each be changed by interaction with the other, and that this change brings both opportunities and threats. For ELS, the article argues that DLR should properly be understood as part of its theoretical framework, yet in practice little attention is given to doctrine in empirical work. Paying more attention to DLR and legal frames generally would help ELS meet the common criticism that it is under-theorised and excessively policy oriented. On the other hand, an embrace of legal thinking, particularly of critical legal thinking, might lead to loss of status for ELS in policy circles and mainstream social science. For DLR, ELS offers a chance for it to escape the threat of insular sterility and irrelevance and to participate in a founded commentary on the world. The risk, however, is that in tailoring legal analysis to what can be empirically researched legal scholars become less analytically ambitious and more safe, and their traditionally important role as a source of socially relevant critique is weakened. Inevitably, in offering different ways of moving to normative conclusions about the law, ELS and DLR pose challenges to each other, and meeting those challenges will require sometimes uncomfortable self-reflection.


Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies is Professor of European Law at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    Op 19 maart 2019 is de Screeningverordening aangenomen, waarmee een kader verschaft is voor coördinatie en samenwerking tussen lidstaten en de Europese Commissie ten aanzien van de screening van FDI. In dit artikel bespreekt de auteur investeringsscreening in de EU en VS, en of de Screeningverordening een stap is in de richting van een Europese CFIUS.


Mr. L. Gasseling
Mr. L. Gasseling is jurist Litigation & Insolvency bij AKD te Rotterdam.
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Access_open The New Dutch Model Investment Agreement: On the Road to Sustainability or Keeping up Appearances?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 4 2019
Trefwoorden Dutch model BIT, foreign direct investment, bilateral investment treaties, investor-to-state dispute settlement, sustainable development goals
Auteurs Alessandra Arcuri en Bart-Jaap Verbeek
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In 2019, the Dutch government presented a New Model Investment Agreement that seeks to contribute to the sustainability and inclusivity of future Dutch trade and investment policy. This article offers a critical analysis of the most relevant parts of the revised model text in order to appraise to what extent it could promote sustainability and inclusivity. It starts by providing an overview of the Dutch BIT (Bilateral Investment Treaty) programme, where the role of the Netherlands as a favourite conduit country for global FDI is highlighted. In the article, we identify the reasons why the Netherlands became a preferred jurisdiction for foreign investors and the negative implications for governments and their policy space to advance sustainable development. The 2019 model text is expressly set out to achieve a fairer system and to protect ‘sustainable investment in the interest of development’. While displaying a welcome engagement with key values of sustainable development, this article identifies a number of weaknesses of the 2019 model text. Some of the most criticised substantive and procedural provisions are being reproduced in the model text, including the reiteration of investors’ legitimate expectation as an enforceable right, the inclusion of an umbrella clause, and the unaltered broad coverage of investments. Most notably, the model text continues to marginalise the interests of investment-affected communities and stakeholders, while bestowing exclusive rights and privileges on foreign investors. The article concludes by hinting at possible reforms to better align existing and future Dutch investment treaties with the sustainable development goals.


Alessandra Arcuri
Alessandra Arcuri is Professor of Inclusive Global Law and Governance, Erasmus School of Law (ESL), Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity, Erasmus University Rotterdam, arcuri@law.eur.nl.

Bart-Jaap Verbeek
Bart-Jaap Verbeek is Researcher at Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (SOMO) and PhD Candidate Political Science at the Radboud University.
Praktijkberichten

De Verordening inzake screening van overnames in de EU – de gevolgen voor de M&A-praktijk

Tijdschrift Onderneming en Financiering, Aflevering 3 2019
Trefwoorden Screening mechanisme, Buitenlandse directe investeringen, FDI, Europese CFIUS
Auteurs Mr. W.M. Kros
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    De Verordening tot vaststelling van een kader voor de screening van buitenlandse directe investeringen in de EU (Verordening 2019/452) is op 19 maart 2019 aangenomen door het Europees Parlement en zal met ingang van 11 oktober 2020 van toepassing zijn. De Verordening stelt een raamwerk vast waarbinnen de EU-lidstaten en de Europese Commissie samenwerken aan de screening van investeringen van buiten de EU. Alhoewel de EU-lidstaten zelf verantwoordelijk blijven voor het al
    dan niet screenen van foreign direct investments zal de Verordening waarschijnlijk zorgen voor een uitgebreider en langduriger screening proces omdat belangen van betrokken EU lidstaten in overweging genomen moeten worden.


Mr. W.M. Kros
Mr. W.M. (Wouter) Kros is advocaat bij Loyens & Loeff N.V. te Amsterdam.
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Access_open The Court of the Astana International Financial Center in the Wake of Its Predecessors

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden international financial centers, offshore courts, international business courts, Kazakhstan
Auteurs Nicolás Zambrana-Tévar
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The Court of the Astana International Financial Center is a new dispute resolution initiative meant to attract investors in much the same way as it has been done in the case of the courts and arbitration mechanisms of similar financial centers in the Persian Gulf. This paper examines such initiatives from a comparative perspective, focusing on their Private International Law aspects such as jurisdiction, applicable law and recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards. The paper concludes that their success, especially in the case of the younger courts, will depend on the ability to build harmonious relationships with the domestic courts of each host country.


Nicolás Zambrana-Tévar
LLM (LSE), PhD (Navarra), KIMEP University.
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Access_open Fostering Worker Cooperatives with Blockchain Technology: Lessons from the Colony Project

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3 2018
Trefwoorden blockchain, collaborative economy, cooperative governance, decentralised governance, worker cooperatives
Auteurs Morshed Mannan
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In recent years, there has been growing policy support for expanding worker ownership of businesses in the European Union. Debates on stimulating worker ownership are a regular feature of discussions on the collaborative economy and the future of work, given anxieties regarding the reconfiguration of the nature of work and the decline of standardised employment contracts. Yet, worker ownership, in the form of labour-managed firms such as worker cooperatives, remains marginal. This article explains the appeal of worker cooperatives and examines the reasons why they continue to be relatively scarce. Taking its cue from Henry Hansmann’s hypothesis that organisational innovations can make worker ownership of firms viable in previously untenable circumstances, this article explores how organisational innovations, such as those embodied in the capital and governance structure of Decentralised (Autonomous) Organisations (D(A)Os), can potentially facilitate the growth of LMFs. It does so by undertaking a case study of a blockchain project, Colony, which seeks to create decentralised, self-organising companies where decision-making power derives from high-quality work. For worker cooperatives, seeking to connect globally dispersed workers through an online workplace, Colony’s proposed capital and governance structure, based on technological and game theoretic insight may offer useful lessons. Drawing from this pre-figurative structure, self-imposed institutional rules may be deployed by worker cooperatives in their by-laws to avoid some of the main pitfalls associated with labour management and thereby, potentially, vitalise the formation of the cooperative form.


Morshed Mannan
Morshed Mannan, LLM (Adv.), PhD Candidate, Company Law Department, Institute of Private Law, Universiteit Leiden.

    Enige tijd terug zijn verschillende samenstellers van aandelenindices consultatieprocedures gestart over de opname van beursvennootschappen met een dual class-aandelenstructuur. In deze bijdrage wordt de opkomst van het fenomeen indexbeleggen beschreven en betoogd dat het uitsluiten van dual class-vennootschappen het rendement van beleggers negatief zal beïnvloeden.


Mr. T.A. Keijzer
Mr. T.A. Keijzer is als promovendus verbonden aan de Sectie Ondernemingsrecht & Financieel recht van de Erasmus School of Law, het Instituut voor Ondernemingsrecht (IvO) en het IvO Center for Financial Law & Governance (ICFG).

Kristin Henrard Ph.D.
Kristin Henrard is professor minorities and fundamental rights in the department of International and EU law of the Erasmus School of Law in the Netherlands.

Jeremie Gilbert
Jeremie Gilbert is professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Roehampton in the UK.
Diversen

Access_open ‘The closer you are the more information you get’ – interview met professor Emanuel Marx

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden etnographic research, Violence, Manchester school, going native
Auteurs prof. dr. Dina Siegel
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This is an interview with one of the most important social anthropologists of the 20th century – prof. Emanuel Marx.


prof. dr. Dina Siegel
Prof. dr. Dina Siegel is hoogleraar criminologie bij het Willem Pompe Instituut voor Strafrechtswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht. E-mail: dina.s@uu.nl.
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Access_open Legality of the World Bank’s Informal Decisions to Expand into the Tax Field, and Implications of These Decisions for Its Legitimacy

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden World Bank, legality, legitimacy, global tax governance, tax policy and tax administration reforms
Auteurs Uyanga Berkel-Dorlig
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The emergence of global tax governance was triggered by common tax problems, which are now still being faced by international society of nation-states. In the creation of this framework, international institutions have been playing a major role. One of these institutions is the World Bank (Bank). However, those who write about the virtues and vices of the main creators of the framework usually disregard the Bank. This article, therefore, argues that this disregard is not justified because the Bank has also been playing a prominent role. Since two informal decisions taken in the past have contributed to this position of the Bank, the article gives in addition to it answers to the following two related questions: whether these informal decisions of the Bank were legal and if so, what implications, if any, they have for the Bank’s legitimacy.


Uyanga Berkel-Dorlig
Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Tax Law, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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Access_open Corporate Taxation and BEPS: A Fair Slice for Developing Countries?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Fairness, international tax, legitimacy, BEPS, developing countries
Auteurs Irene Burgers en Irma Mosquera
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The aim of this article is to examine the differences in perception of ‘fairness’ between developing and developed countries, which influence developing countries’ willingness to embrace the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) proposals and to recommend as to how to overcome these differences. The article provides an introduction to the background of the OECD’s BEPS initiatives (Action Plan, Low Income Countries Report, Multilateral Framework, Inclusive Framework) and the concerns of developing countries about their ability to implement BEPS (Section 1); a non-exhaustive overview of the shortcomings of the BEPS Project and its Action Plan in respect of developing countries (Section 2); arguments on why developing countries might perceive fairness in relation to corporate income taxes differently from developed countries (Section 3); and recommendations for international organisations, governments and academic researchers on where fairness in respect of developing countries should be more properly addressed (Section 4).


Irene Burgers
Irene Burgers is Professor of International and European Tax Law, Faculty of Law, and Professor of Economics of Taxation, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Groningen.

Irma Mosquera
Irma Mosquera, Ph.D. is Senior Research Associate at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation IBFD and Tax Adviser Hamelink & Van den Tooren.
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The dealing of SIDS with recent challenges in taxation and tax systems – will domestic resource mobilization be the key to sustainable development?

Tijdschrift Caribisch Juristenblad, Aflevering 2 2016
Trefwoorden tax systems, sustainable development, small island development states (SIDS), tax reforms, tax policy strategy
Auteurs Drs. E.M.L. Scoop
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Tax revenues are used to invest in sustainable development and economic growth in order to strengthen the effective functioning of the state, combat poverty, deliver public services and achieve other goals. This also applies to developing countries. However, developing countries and, in particular, the so-called Small Islands Development States (SIDS), including Curaçao, face many challenges in achieving these goals. SIDS additionally face other challenges because of their specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. SIDS should focus on strengthening domestic resource mobilization. Despite their progress in improving tax systems, international regulations such as CRS, FATCA, BEPS have brought new challenges.


Drs. E.M.L. Scoop
Emauro M.L. Scoop (1971) has a master’s degree from the University of Groningen in “Tax law and economics” (1996). He started his career as a tax professional in Government services (1996 – 1999). After several years in the private sector as senior tax advisor (1999 – 2014) he is now back in Government services as of 2015. Currently, he is a senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development and part-time lecturer in bachelor studies of tax law and economics, at the University of Curaçao.
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You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?

Niet-mededingingsrechtelijke nationale belemmerende maatregelen met betrekking tot fusies en buitenlandse investeringen en het recht van de Europese Unie

Tijdschrift Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, Aflevering 10 2015
Trefwoorden Fusies en buitenlandse investeringen, publieke belangen, bevoegdheidsverdeling nationaal-supranationaal
Auteurs Mr. P. Jansen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Een nieuwe golf van economisch patriottisme doet de vraag rijzen in hoeverre het Unierecht een keurslijf vormt voor publieke belangen die, in het kader van fusies en buitenlandse investeringen, kunnen worden ingeroepen ter onttrekking van nationale regelingen aan de vrije mededinging. In dit artikel zal deze kwestie benaderd worden vanuit het perspectief van het internemarktrecht. Daarbij zal worden ingegaan op de vraag of – en zo ja, wanneer – lidstaten op grond van het Unierecht nationale mechanismen mogen instellen en/of toepassen.


Mr. P. Jansen
Mr. P. (Pim) Jansen is als wetenschappelijk onderzoeker verbonden aan het instituut Consument, Concurrentie en Markt van de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid aan de KU Leuven, België.
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Access_open Austerity’s Effect on English Civil Justice

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 4 2015
Trefwoorden Austerity, court fees and legal aid, adversarial and inquisitorial process, McKenzie Friends, simplified process
Auteurs John Sorabji
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article considers the effect of austerity-induced public spending cuts on the English civil justice system. In doing so it initially examines two fundamental changes engendered by the effect austerity has had on civil court fees and legal aid: first, a challenge to the traditional commitment in English procedure to adversarial process, and a concomitant increase in inquisitorial or investigative processes; and secondly, the growth in use of unqualified individuals to act as advocates in court for individual litigants who are unable to afford legal representation. It then turns to consider what, if any, effect austerity has had on simplified processes available in English civil procedure.


John Sorabji
DPhil, Senior Fellow, UCL Judicial Institute, University College, London, email: j.sorabji@ucl.ac.uk.
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Social security and social welfare: barriers and retrograde policies, but cause for optimism?

Tijdschrift Recht der Werkelijkheid, Aflevering 3 2015
Trefwoorden social security, legal representation, means-testing, Britain, fees
Auteurs Amir Paz-Fuchs
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This contribution addresses the limits placed on access to justice in the context of social services, with a particular, but not exclusive, focus on the UK, across five central platforms: legal representation, the financial barriers, the structure of the programme, the attitude of the bureaucracy, and the personal attributes of the client. The contribution finds that there exist, for decades, problematic elements that constitute barriers to justice in this area: the means-tested element in the programmes and the bureaucracy’s double role as provider of services and detector of fraud. But to them, in recent years, significant barriers were added: recent cuts in legal aid and the imposition of tribunal fees in the UK are retrograde steps, reverting 40 years of impressive achievements in the field.


Amir Paz-Fuchs
Amir Paz-Fuchs (D. Phil Oxford) is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sussex, where he teaches employment law, public law, and legal theory. In addition, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and a Research Associate at Wolfson College, both at the University of Oxford. He is also Co-Director of the ‘The Limits of Privatization’ research project, based at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. He also served on the board of several human rights and social justice NGOs.
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National en European champions: moet een hierop gericht industriebeleid onder de Europese concentratiecontroleregels als illusoir worden beschouwd?

Tijdschrift Markt & Mededinging, Aflevering 4 2015
Trefwoorden National en European champions, industriebeleid, concentratiecontrole, gewettigde belangen
Auteurs Pim Jansen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    De vergaande overheidsbemoeienis in het kader van de overnamestrijd rondom Alstom en AstraZeneca roept de vraag op of er in een Europese context juridisch gezien nog ruimte is voor een industriebeleid dat is gericht op het creëren, ondersteunen of beschermen van European en national champions. In dit artikel wordt deze vraag benaderd vanuit de Europese concentratiecontroleregels. Voor zover het gewenste beleid niet reeds op grond van de materiële toets in de CoVo kan worden verwezenlijkt, wordt ingegaan op de vraag welke mechanismen de CoVo bevat om te bepalen of, en zo ja, wanneer de mededinging in dat verband zou moeten wijken.


Pim Jansen
Mr. P. Jansen is als wetenschappelijk onderzoeker verbonden aan het instituut Consument, Concurrentie en Markt van de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid aan de KU Leuven, België. Deze bijdrage vertolkt louter de persoonlijke mening van de auteur. Het artikel werd gefinaliseerd op 3 september 2015. Met dank aan Wolf Sauter, Hannelore Buelens en Quirijn Bongaerts voor hun commentaren.
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Staatsimmuniteit van executie

Tijdschrift Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht, Aflevering 2 2015
Trefwoorden staatsimmuniteit, immuniteit van jurisdictie, immuniteit van executie, art. 3a Gerechtsdeurwaarderswet, art. 436 Rv
Auteurs Mr. A.G.F. Ancery en Mr. M.A.M. Essed
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Op het moment dat een (vreemde) staat zijn verplichtingen uit een overeenkomst niet nakomt, bestaat het risico dat de staat zich verzet tegen verhaal met een beroep op immuniteit van executie. In dit artikel wordt besproken wat dit gevaar inhoudt en hoe men zich hiertegen kan wapenen.


Mr. A.G.F. Ancery
Mr. A.G.F. Ancery en Mr. M.A.M. Essed zijn beiden verbonden aan het Wetenschappelijk Bureau van de Hoge Raad der Nederlanden.

Mr. M.A.M. Essed

    The article takes as its point of departure some of the author’s multidisciplinary projects. Special attention is given to the question of whether the disciplines united in the various research team members already constituted a kind of ‘inter-discipline’, through which a single object was studied. The issue of how the disciplinary orientations of the research team members occasionally clashed, on methodological issues, is also addressed.
    The outcomes of these and similar multidisciplinary research projects are followed back into legal practice and academic legal scholarship to uncover whether an incorporation problem indeed exists. Here, special attention will be given to policy recommendations and notably proposals for new legislation. After all, according to Van Dijck et al., the typical role model for legal researchers working from an internal perspective on the law is the legislator.
    The author concludes by making a somewhat bold case for reverse incorporation, that is, the need for (traditional) academic legal research to become an integral part of a more encompassing (inter-)discipline, referred to here as ‘conflict management studies’. Key factors that will contribute to the rise of such a broad (inter-)discipline are the changes that currently permeate legal practice (the target audience of traditional legal research) and the changes in the overall financing of academic research itself (with special reference to the Netherlands).


Annie de Roo
Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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Access_open The Effect of 'Excessive’ Tax Planning and Tax Setting on Welfare: Action Needed?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 1 2014
Trefwoorden tax planning, optimal taxation, tax competition, corporate taxation
Auteurs Hendrik Vrijburg Ph.D.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article presents a literature review on the welfare effects of excessive company taxation practices. The article intends to structure the debate by sketching a conceptual framework of thought for the topic under consideration and places the existing literature within this framework. The article ends with a thought-provoking discussion between two extreme papers in the literature, one against tax planning and one in favour. The discussion is concluded by identifying the fundamental differences in assumptions underlying both approaches.


Hendrik Vrijburg Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Phone: +31-10-408-1485, Fax: +31-10-408-9031, email: vrijburg@ese.eur.nl.
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Access_open Towards Context-Specific Directors' Duties and Enforcement Mechanisms in the Banking Sector?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 2 2013
Trefwoorden banking sector, directors' duties, financial crisis, context-specific doctrines, public enforcement
Auteurs Wasima Khan LL.M.
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The global financial crisis gives reason to revisit the debate on directors’ duties in corporate law, mainly with regard to the context of banks. This article explores the need, rationale and the potential for the introduction of context-specific directors’ duties and enforcement mechanisms in the banking sector in the Netherlands from a comparative perspective.
    Chiefly, two legal strategies can be derived from the post-crisis developments and calls for legal reforms for the need and rationale to sharpen directors’ duties in the context of the banking sector in order to meet societal demands. The two strategies consist in shifting the scope of directors’ duties (i) towards clients’ interests and (ii) towards the public interest.
    Subsequently, this article explores the potential for context-specific directors’ duties and accompanying enforcement mechanisms. Firstly, it is argued that the current legal framework allows for the judicial development -specific approach. Secondly, such context-specific directors’ duties should be enforced through public-enforcement mechanisms to enhance the accountability of bank directors towards the public interest but currently there are too much barriers for implementation in practice.
    In conclusion, this article argues that there is indeed a need, rationale and potential for context-specific directors’ duties; yet there are several major obstacles for the implementation of accompanying public-enforcement mechanisms. As a result, the introduction of context-specific directors’ duties in the banking sector may as yet entail nothing more than wishful thinking because it will merely end in toothless ambitions if the lack of accompanying enforcement mechanisms remains intact.


Wasima Khan LL.M.
PhD Candidate at the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The author wishes to express her gratitude for valuable comments on an earlier draft of this article from Prof. Vino Timmerman and Prof. Bastiaan F. Assink at the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as the Journal‘s editors and peer reviewers. Any errors remain those of the author.
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