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    In dit artikel wordt de waarde van het instituut parlement verkend. Daartoe analyseert de auteur eerst een lezing die de Nederlandse staatsrechtsgeleerde C.W. van der Pot in 1925 over dit thema hield bij de VWR. Vervolgens wordt Van der Pots opvatting gecontrasteerd met de diametraal tegengestelde benadering van Carl Schmitt, die zich, rond dezelfde tijd, over dit vraagstuk boog in Duitsland. Tot slot schetst de auteur, via een alternatieve, wellicht excentrieke, interpretatie van Schmitt waar een belangrijke waarde van het moderne parlement zou kunnen liggen.


Bastiaan Rijpkema
Bastiaan Rijpkema is universitair docent aan de afdeling Encyclopedie van de Rechtswetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden.
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Access_open Constitutionele toetsing in een democratie zonder volk

Een kelseniaanse rechtvaardiging voor het Europees Hof van Justitie

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2010
Keywords Kelsen, Democracy, Legitimacy, European Union, European Court of Justice
Authors Quoc Loc Hong
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    This article draws on Hans Kelsen’s theory of democracy to argue that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the democratic legitimacy of either the European Union (EU) or the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The legitimacy problems from which the EU in general and the ECJ in particular are alleged to suffer seem to result mainly from our rigid adherence to the outdated conception of democracy as popular self-legislation. Because we tend to approach the Union’s political and judicial practice from the perspective of this democracy conception, we are not able to observe what is blindingly obvious, that is, the viability and persistence of both this mega-leviathan and the highest court thereof. It is, therefore, imperative that we modernize and adjust our conception of democracy in order to comprehend the new reality to which these bodies have given rise, rather than to call for ‘reforms’ in a futile attempt to bring this reality into accordance with our ancient preconceptions about what democratic governance ought to be. Kelsen is the democratic theorist whose work has enabled us to venture into that direction.


Quoc Loc Hong
Quoc Loc Hong was a FWO Postdoctoral Fellow from 2007 to 2009 at the University of Antwerp. He is currently an independent researcher.
Book Review

Access_open Pierre Legendre, L’autre bible de l’occident

Le monument romano-canonique, Étude sur l’architecture dogmatique des sociétés, Leçons IX

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2010
Authors Thom Holterman
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    Thom Holterman’s book review of Pierre Legendre, L’autre bible de l’occident: le Monument romano-canonique, Étude sur l’architecture dogmatique des sociétés, Leçons IX


Thom Holterman
Thom Holterman is Doctor of Laws and lives in Urciers, France.
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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.
Book Review

Access_open Walter van Gerven, The European Union. A Polity of States and Peoples.

Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing 2005, 397 p.

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2006
Keywords bestuurder, auteur, verdrag, Europese unie, legitimiteit, democratie, lidstaat, identiteit, referendum, aansprakelijkheid
Authors S. Dierckxsens

S. Dierckxsens
Book Review

Access_open Marc Hertogh, De levende rechtsstaat. Een ander perspectief op recht en openbaar bestuur

Utrecht: Lemma 2002, 135 p.; Sophie van Bijsterveld, The Empty Throne. Democracy and the Rule of Law in Transition, Utrecht: Lemma 2002

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2003
Authors B.F. Beljaars

B.F. Beljaars
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Access_open De wetsmetaforen van Hannah Arendt. Passages en commentaren

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2003
Keywords wetgeving, constitutie, idee, belofte, rechtsstaat, aansprakelijkheid, noodzakelijkheid, contract, verdrag, wettekst
Authors W. Witteveen

W. Witteveen
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