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Access_open De blinde vlek in praktijk en discussie rond orgaandonatie

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2020
Keywords organ donation, ethics of organ donation, symbolic nature of the human body, ethics and ritual, symbolic legislation theory
Authors Herman De Dijn
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    In countries like Belgium and The Netherlands, there seems to be overwhelming public acceptance of transplantation and organ donation. Yet, paradoxically, part of the public refuses post-mortal donation of their own organs or of those of family members. It is customary within the transplantation context to accept the refusal of organ donation by family members “in order to accommodate their feelings”. I argue that this attitude does not take seriously what is really behind the refusal of donation by (at least some) family members. My hypothesis is that even in very secularized societies, this refusal is determined by cultural-symbolic attitudes vis-à-vis the (dead) human body (and some of its parts). The blind spot for this reality, both in the practice of and discussions around organ donation, prevents understanding of what is producing the paradox mentioned.


Herman De Dijn
Herman De Dijn is emeritus hoogleraar wijsbegeerte aan de KU Leuven.
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Access_open Personhood and legal status: reflections on the democratic rights of corporations

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2018
Keywords Corporations, democracy, legal personality, personhood, inclusion
Authors Ludvig Beckman
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    Corporations can have rights but whether they should also have democratic rights depends among other things on whether they are the kind of entities to which the democratic ideal applies. This paper distinguishes four different conceptions of “the person” that can have democratic rights. According to one view, the only necessary condition is legal personality, whereas according to the other three views, democratic inclusion is conditioned also by personhood in the natural sense of the term. Though it is uncontroversial that corporations can be legal persons, it is plausible to ascribe personhood in the natural sense to corporations only if personhood is conceptualized exclusively in terms of moral agency. The conclusion of the paper is that corporations can meet the necessary conditions for democratic inclusion but that it is not yet clear in democratic theory exactly what these conditions are.


Ludvig Beckman
Ludvig Beckman is professor of political science at Stockholm University.

    This paper interprets the presumption of innocence as a conceptual antidote for sacrificial tendencies in criminal law. Using Girard’s philosophy of scapegoat mechanisms and sacrifice as hermeneutical framework, the consanguinity of legal and sacrificial order is explored. We argue that some legal concepts found in the ius commune’s criminal system (12th-18th century), like torture, infamy, or punishment for mere suspicion, are affiliated with scapegoat dynamics and operate, to some extent, in the spirit of sacrifice. By indicating how these concepts entail more or less flagrant breaches of our contemporary conception of due process molded by the presumption of innocence, an antithesis emerges between the presumption of innocence and sacrificial inclinations in criminal law. Furthermore, when facing fundamental threats like heresy, the ius commune’s due process could be suspended. What emerges in this state of exception allowing for swift and relentless repression, is elucidated as legal order’s sacrificial infrastructure.


Rafael Van Damme
Rafael Van Damme is PhD-student in philosophy.
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Access_open Private law as an open legal order: understanding contract and tort as interactional law

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2014
Keywords contract law, Fuller, informal law, pragmatism, rules versus standards
Authors Prof Sanne Taekema PhD
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    This article puts forward the claim that private law, and especially contract and tort, is the area of law that most clearly shows how law depends on social interactions. Taking its cue from Lon Fuller, interactional law is presented as a form of law that depends on informal social practices. Using tort and contract cases, it is argued that this implies that law is in open connection to moral norms and values, and that law cannot be understood without taking into account people’s everyday reciprocal expectancies.


Prof Sanne Taekema PhD
Sanne Taekema is Professor of Jurisprudence, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her current research is oriented to the rule of law in a global context and to methodological and conceptual issues pertaining to interdisciplinary rule of law.

Rob Schwitters
Rob Schwitters is Associate Professor of Sociology of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam.
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Access_open When regulators mean business

Regulation in the shadow of environmental Armageddon

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2011
Keywords ecological catastrophe, regulatory legitimacy, regulatory effectiveness, geo-engineering
Authors Han Somsen
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    This article considers the question how knowledge of an impending ecological catastrophe is likely to impact on regulatory legitimacy and regulatory effectiveness. If the ultimate aim to safeguard meaningful human life on earth is in acute danger, this is likely to translate into zero tolerance towards non-compliance with environmental rules designed to avert catastrophe. This, in turn, will persuade regulators to employ normative technologies that do not engage with the moral reason of regulatees at all, but leave no option but to comply. In addition, regulators may turn to panoptic surveillance techniques that allow no breaches of rules to remain undetected. Finally, it is argued that if and to the extent that impending ecological catastrophe marks the end of maintaining the status quo as a plausible policy goal, regulators will be more sympathetic towards potentially apocalyptic technologies that carry greater promise for future gain than otherwise would be the case.


Han Somsen
Han Somsen is Professor of Regulation & Technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, and Dean of Research of Tilburg Law School.
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Access_open Het normatieve karakter van de rechtswetenschap: recht als oordeel

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2009
Keywords legal theory, science, methodology, normativity, knowledge
Authors Prof. mr. Carel Smith
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    Propositions of law are based upon normative judgement. The interpretation and application of legal provisions rest upon a judgement that determines which weight must be attributed to some point of view or perspective. In this respect, legal theory has a normative character. Its normative character does not preclude legal theory from being a scientific discipline. The scientific character of legal theory is not located in the possibility of testing the correctness of its theories. Rather, legal theory owes it scientific character to the shared standards of production and evaluation of legal arguments: the grammar of justice.


Prof. mr. Carel Smith
Carel Smith is associate professor at the Department of Metajuridica, Faculty of Law, Leiden University.
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Access_open An Agonist's Reply

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2008
Keywords claim, character, know-how, machine, model, reputatie, service, settlement, binding
Authors B. Honig

B. Honig
Book Review

Access_open Maurice Adams & Willem Lemmens (red.), Hobbes. In de schaduw van Leviathan.

Kapellen: Uitgeverij Pelckmans 2007, 191 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2008
Keywords politieke filosofie, contract, legaliteit, geweld, menselijke gedraging, auteur, noodzakelijkheid, dwang, machine, overeenkomst
Authors L. Logister

L. Logister
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Access_open Can Terrorism Be Fought within the Boundaries of the Rule of Law? - A Review of Recent Literature in Political Philosophy

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2007
Keywords kind, claim, making, leasing, rechtsstaat, auto, binding, character, democratie, dictum
Authors B. Klink and O. Lembcke

B. Klink

O. Lembcke
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Access_open De rechtsstaat is geen huis. Een metafooranalyse en -kritiek

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2005
Keywords rechtsstaat, democratie, noodzakelijkheid, auteur, ontlening, overdracht, woning, identiteit, verbouwing, legaliteit
Authors B. Klink

B. Klink
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Access_open Dat zogenaamde huis is in werkelijkheid meer een onzichtbare stad die het decor vormt voor onze beraadslagingen

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2005
Keywords rechtsstaat, idee, model, verbouwing, overleden, aannemer, redenering, bestuurder, geweld, legaliteitbeginsel
Authors W. Witteveen

W. Witteveen
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Access_open Building blocks of a legal system. Comments on Summers' <i>Preadvies for the Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht</i>

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2005
Keywords computer, modellenrecht, vereniging, character, contract, leasing, machine, model
Authors B. Verheij

B. Verheij
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Access_open Is het schrappen van artikel 23 wel zo liberaal?

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2005
Keywords onderwijs, identiteit, autonomie, eigendom, gewoonterecht, idee, eigenaar, kind, leerling, noodzakelijkheid
Authors M. Ossewaarde

M. Ossewaarde
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Access_open Interview met Duncan Kennedy

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2004
Keywords kind, contract, gift, arrangement, leasing, observer, as low as reasonably achievable, elektronisch geld, interest, machine
Authors P. Westerman

P. Westerman
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Access_open Bindingen als voorwaarden voor de voorwaarde van het goede leven? Een kritiek op Will Kymlicka's morele monisme

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2002
Keywords autonomie, binding, erkenning, opvoeding, voorwaarde, identificatie, identiteit, identiteitsbewijs, kind, ouders
Authors B. Leeuwen

B. Leeuwen
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