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Editorial

Access_open The Hostis Generis Humani: A Challenge to International Law

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2018
Keywords Luban, humanity, dehumanization, Radbruch, Arendt
Authors Luigi Corrias and Wouter Veraart
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    Introducing the special issue, we point out how the notion of an ‘enemy of all humanity’ challenges the very foundations of international (criminal) law. We also give an overview of the other contributions.


Luigi Corrias
Luigi Corrias is Assistant Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Wouter Veraart
Wouter Veraart is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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Access_open Over verplichte excuses en spreekrecht

Wat is er mis met empirisch-juridisch onderzoek naar slachtoffers?

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2017
Keywords empirical legal studies, apologies, procedural justice, humiliation, victim rights
Authors Vincent Geeraets and Wouter Veraart
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    The central question in this article is whether an empirical-legal approach of victimhood and victim rights could offer a sufficient basis for proposals of legal reform of the legal system. In this article, we choose a normative-critical approach and raise some objections to the way in which part of such research is currently taking place in the Netherlands, on the basis of two examples of research in this field, one dealing with compelled apologies as a possible remedy within civil procedural law and the other with the victim’s right to be heard within the criminal legal procedure. In both cases, we argue, the strong focus on the measurable needs of victims can lead to a relatively instrumental view of the legal system. The legal system must then increasingly be tailored to the wishes and needs of victims. Within this legal-empirical, victim-oriented approach, there is little regard for the general normative principles of our present legal system, in which an equal and respectful treatment of each human being as a free and responsible legal subject is a central value. We argue that results of empirical-legal research should not too easily or too quickly be translated into proposals for legal reform, but first become part of a hermeneutical discussion about norms and legal principles, specific to the normative quality of legal science itself.


Vincent Geeraets
Vincent Geeraets is universitair docent aan de afdeling Rechtstheorie en rechtsgeschiedenis van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Wouter Veraart
Wouter Veraart is hoogleraar rechtsfilosofie aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Wouter Veraart
Prof. mr. Wouter Veraart is hoogleraar Encyclopedie van de Rechtstwetenschap en Rechtsfilosofie aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam en hoofdredacteur van Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy.
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Access_open The Experience of Legal Injustice

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2014
Keywords legal injustice, legal subject, law and morality, Fuller, Arendt
Authors Wouter Veraart
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    This paper shows that Fuller and Arendt converge on a different point than the point Rundle focuses on. What Fuller and Arendt seem to share in their legal thoughts is not so much an interest in the experience of law-as-such (the interaction between responsible agency and law as a complex institution), but rather an interest in the junction of law and injustice. By not sufficiently focusing on the experience of legal injustice, Rundle overlooks an important point of divergence between Arendt and Fuller. In particular, Arendt differs from Fuller in her conviction that ‘injustice in a legal form’ is an integral part of modern legal systems.


Wouter Veraart
Wouter Veraart is Professor of Legal Philosophy and Director of Research at the Free University Amsterdam; w.j.veraart@vu.nl.
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Access_open ‘The Soviet Union did not have a legal system’

An interview with Jeremy Waldron on the methodology debate, historic injustice and the citation of foreign law

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2009
Keywords normative positivism, historic injustice, restitution of property rights, citation of foreign law, methodology debate
Authors Kees Quist and Wouter Veraart
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    This interview with Jeremy Waldron covers three topics. Firstly, we dealt with the methodology debate, that is, the discussion about how to proceed in analyzing the nature of law. Does the question ‘What is law?’ require a descriptive analysis of the concept of law or, rather, a normative exercise in political philosophy? Secondly, we spoke about the role of law in response to historic injustice, especially in relation to the restitution of property rights. On this topic Waldron vindicates the ‘supersession-thesis’, the idea that, due to changed circumstances and the passage of time, historic injustices become superseded. The third section of the interview is devoted to Waldron’s perspective on the citation of foreign law by national judges.


Kees Quist
Kees Quist is junior lecturer and PhD fellow at Utrecht Law School.

Wouter Veraart
Wouter Veraart is professor of Legal Philosophy at the VU University Amsterdam.
Book Review

Access_open Hendrik Visser 't Hooft, Het recht van de toekomst. Over morele aspecten van duurzaamheid.

Kampen: Uitgeverij Klement 2006, 96 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2008
Keywords milieuramp, aansprakelijkheid, bedreiging, beschermd natuurgebied, constitutie, delegatie, duurzame ontwikkeling, duurzame ontwrichting, economisch belang, imago
Authors W. Veraart

W. Veraart
Book Review

Access_open Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice. Disability, Nationality, Species Membership, Cambridge, Mass. & London,

England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2006, 487 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2007
Keywords dier, claim, gehandicapte, aansprakelijkheid, merk, slachtoffer, vertegenwoordiging, amendement, armoede, bandbreedte
Authors W. Veraart

W. Veraart
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Access_open Het zijn net dieren: Over Guantánamo en onszelf

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2007
Keywords dier, gedetineerde, regering, citaat, gevangenis, raad van state, rechtsstaat, aanwijzing, balans, beweeglijkheid
Authors W. Veraart

W. Veraart

W. Veraart
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Access_open Grondwet en democratie

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2005
Keywords verdrag, referendum, lidstaat, constitutie, regering, democratie, Europese unie, identiteit, schade, vervreemding
Authors W. Veraart

W. Veraart
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