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    Dit is een verslag van het symposium over de knelpunten van de invoering van de beperkte gemeenschap van goederen, dat op 22 mei 2015 aan de Universiteit Utrecht werd gehouden. Het wetsvoorstel houdt - kort samengevat - in, dat voorhuwelijks vermogen, erfenissen en giften niet langer in de huwelijksgoederengemeenschap vallen. Op dit symposium werd het wetsvoorstel besproken en de daarop gerichte kritiek samengevat in 4 knelpunten. Ook werd het wetsvoorstel in internationaal perspectief geplaatst door sprekers uit Duitsland, Zweden en België. In internationaal opzicht is de algehele gemeenschap uniek en zowel in binnen- als buitenland wordt zij als ouderwets beschouwd.
    Als probleem van het voorgestelde stelsel wordt ervaren dat men tijdens het huwelijk geen administratie bijhoudt en dat dat bij de afwikkeling na ontbinding problemen gaat opleveren. Echter, het huidige bewijsvermoeden, zoals dat is neergelegd in art. 1:94 lid 6 BW, blijft van kracht in het wetsvoorstel. De zaaksvervangingsregel van 1:95 lid 1 BW wordt ook gehandhaafd. Besproken is de Belgische oplossing voor mogelijke problemen, inhoudende dat een goed dat voor meer dan de helft van de prijs uit eigen vermogen is gefinancierd alleen dan buiten de gemeenschap valt als partijen dat verklaren bij notariële akte.
    Het wetsvoorstel geeft een regeling om de echtgenoot mee te laten profiteren van het ondernemingsvermogen dat de ander buiten de gemeenschap opbouwt. De moeilijkheid hierbij is hoe de vergoeding jegens de niet-werkende echtgenoot berekend moet worden. Ten slotte is in het nieuwe wetsvoorstel geprobeerd tegemoet te komen aan het probleem dat een echtgenoot geconfronteerd wordt met schuldeisers van de andere echtgenoot. Om dit te bereiken zijn art. 1:96 BW en art. 61 Fw gewijzigd met als gevolg dat de positie van de schuldeiser tot normale proporties wordt teruggebracht.
    Een grote meerderheid van de aanwezigen bleek positief te zijn over het nieuwe wetsvoorstel: ongeveer 90 procent was voor invoering in Boek 1 van het Burgerlijk Wetboek.
    This is a conference report on a symposium held at the University of Utrecht on the 22nd of May on the legislative proposal for the introduction of a limited community of property in the Netherlands. The legislative proposal entails – in a nutshell – that pre-matrimonial property, inheritances and gifts no longer form a part of the community of property. During this symposium, the legislative proposal was discussed and the critique was summarized into four key issues. The legislative proposal was also placed in an international perspective by speakers from Germany, Sweden and Belgium. In the international perspective the Dutch community of property regime is unique and it is regarded as outdated in both the Netherlands and abroad. In the proposed new regime it is considered that spouses do not keep an administration of their assets during their marriage, which can cause problems after dissolution of the community. However, the rebuttal presumption of Article 1:94 para. 6 Dutch Civil Code, is upheld in the new proposal. The current rule of substitution as stated in Article 1:95 Dutch Civil Code is also maintained. The Belgian solutions to possible difficulties is discussed, in which property is only excluded from the community of property when more than half of the price has been financed by personal assets and this is declared in a notarial deed.Furthermore, the legislative proposal allows the non-working spouse to share in the profits of the business assets acquired by the work of the other spouse which are built up outside the community. The remaining difficulty is how the reimbursement claim should be calculated. Lastly, the legislative proposal attempts to prevent a spouse from being confronted by creditors of the other spouse. In order to achieve this, Article 1:96 Dutch Civil Code and Art. 61 Insolvency Law are amended in such a way that the position of the creditor is brought back tonormal proportions.A great majority of those present appeared to be positive about the legislative proposal; 90 percent voted in favour of incorporating it into Book 1 of the Dutch Civil Code.


Bas Legger
Bas Legger is student Notarial and Civil Law at the University of Groningen.

Tiddo Bos
Tiddo Bos is research master student Notarial and Civil Law at the University of Groningen.

    Pragmatism has become an established academic topic focused on an accepted canon of works and a number of seminal authors. There is something ironic about this fixation of the Pragmatist tradition. An anticipation of transience and embrace of adaptability runs through many of the classic works of Pragmatism. Nevertheless, there seems to be a tendency to fixate Pragmatism and freeze it in its classic iterations, especially with respect to its philosophy of scientific inquiry. The article seeks to retrieve the dynamics and adaptability the classical Pragmatists built into their notion of scientific inquiry. It seeks to illustrate the need for such flexibility with recent developments in the field of economics. When the financial crisis struck in 2007-2008, this involved more than the insolvency of a number of large banks. The crisis, at the very least, also involved the bankruptcy of a dominant economic model. It raised questions about the rationality of markets and the widespread faith in soft-touch regulation. It cast doubt on decades of neo-classical economic dogma that counseled small government, privatisation, and free markets. Neo-classical economics did not float free from other concerns. It informed notions about the role of the state, the limits of public policy, and the scope of democratic decision-making. Indeed, faith in rational, self-correcting markets affected debates in disparate disciplines like law, political science, philosophy, ethics, and history in many non-trivial ways. Hence, the financial crisis is also a crisis of scientific research.


Wouter de Been
Wouter de Been is assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Law, the Netherlands.

    The paper aims at justifying an interpretation of Dworkin’s theory of Law as Integrity that brings it closer to philosophical pragmatism despite his rejection of legal pragmatism. In order to achieve this aim, this work employs a classification of philosophical commitments that define pragmatism in a broad and in a narrow sense and shows that legal pragmatism follows the main thinkers of pragmatism in the narrow sense in committing to instrumentalism. The attribution of a pragmatist character to Dworkin’s theory of law rests on the idea that the adoption of a commitment to instrumentalism is not implicated by its adoption of other pragmatist commitments.


Thiago Lopes Decat
Thiago Lopes Decat, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Propedeutic and Critical Disciplines of the Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos, Nova Lima, Brazil.

    When discussing O. W. Holmes’s answer to the question What constitutes the law? Morton White underlines the fact that Holmes’s inquiry didn’t focus on developing the concept of law. White states: '…Holmes said little in The Path of the Law about the notion of legal authority, perhaps because he was interested not in what he called a "useless quintessence of all legal systems" but in "an accurate anatomy of one"'. Such ambition (or lack of ambition) is characteristic of many pragmatic enterprises in the field of jurisprudence. However, sometimes the opposition between legal pragmatism and other legal theories is built upon a reference to the notion of the 'nature' or 'essence' of law. Many legal philosophers who aim to reveal the very 'nature of law' (or 'the concept of law' as H. L. A. Hart did) try to interpret Holmes and other pragmatists as offering a competitive view to their own. I will follow White’s early intuition that such a construal of the controversy is simply wrong. Afterwards I will sketch a portrait of legal pragmatism in the context of White’s own inquiry and his version of 'holistic pragmatism'; thirdly, I will present in brief the main reasons for exploring the concept of law in the contemporary analytic philosophy of law. Then I will show that traditionally 'pragmatic' and 'analytic' efforts in legal theory are situated on different levels of generality and conceptuality. However, these efforts can be, at least to some extent, reordered under the aegis of holistic pragmatism.


Adam Michał Dyrda
Adjunct Professor, Department of Legal Theory, Faculty of Law, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. Contact: adam.dyrda@uj.edu.pl; http://jagiellonian.academia.edu/AdamDyrda.
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Access_open Report of the 58th Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space

Jerusalem, Israel, 2015

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 8 2015
Authors P.J. Blount and Rafael Moro-Aguilar

P.J. Blount

Rafael Moro-Aguilar

    Op 11 februari 2015 heeft het Comité van Ministers van de Raad van Europa de Recommendation on preventing and resolving disputes on child relocation aangenomen. Dit is het eerste Europese instrument over het verhuizen met kinderen na scheiding. De Recommendation heeft een duidelijk tweeledig doel: het voorkomen van conflicten over verhuizingen met kinderen en, indien een conflict is gerezen, het bieden van richtsnoeren voor het oplossen daarvan. In deze bijdrage staan in de eerste plaats de inhoud van de Recommendation en de daarbij gemaakte keuzes centraal. Daarnaast wordt ingegaan op de vraag wat deze Recommendation kan betekenen voor het Nederlandse recht en de toepassing daarvan in verhuiszaken. In de Recommendation worden enige, naar het oordeel van de auteur verstandige keuzes gemaakt. Zo verdient het stevig inzetten op alternatieve geschiloplossing steun. Daarnaast is de aanbevolen afzonderlijke beoordeling van het belang van het kind, zonder dat dit belang echter de doorslag hoeft te geven, in overeenstemming met vaste rechtspraak van de Hoge Raad in verhuiszaken. Ook het pleidooi voor een neutrale, kind-gecentreerde, casuïstische benadering door de rechter strookt met de wijze waarop Nederlandse rechters tot hun beslissingen in verhuiszaken komen. Specifieke verhuiswetgeving op deze punten, zoals de Recommendation voorstelt, acht de auteur dan ook niet nodig. Wel zou de wettelijke verankering van de in de Recommendation voorgestelde formele notificatieplicht kunnen bijdragen aan het voorkomen van verhuisconflicten. Krachtens deze plicht dient de ouder met een verhuiswens de andere ouder – schriftelijk en binnen een redelijke termijn – te informeren over de voorgenomen verhuizing. Hoewel de verwachtingen van het daadwerkelijke effect van de Recommendation als niet-bindend instrument niet al te hoog gespannen moeten zijn, draagt deze bij aan de erkenning van verhuizing met kinderen als een (hoog)potentieel conflictueuze aangelegenheid.
    On the 11th February 2015 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Recommendation on preventing and resolving disputes on child relocation. This is the first European instrument on child relocation. The aim of the Recommendation is twofold: preventing relocation disputes, and in case of a dispute, providing guidelines for solving them. This contribution firstly intends to examine the principles of the Recommendation and the choices that has been made during the drafting process. Secondly, it will look at the question of to what extent the Recommendation could lead to any adjustments of Dutch law and its application in relocation cases. In the opinion of the author, a number of prudent choices have been made in the Recommendation. In the first place, the encouragement of alternative dispute resolution ought to be supported. Secondly, the recommended individual and separate assessment of the best interests of the child (whose interests are, however, not decisive) is in accordance with the case law of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in relocation cases. The plea for a neutral, child centered, case-by-case approach by the court is also consistent with the way in which Dutch courts make their decisions in relocation cases. Specific relocation legislation in this regard is not necessary in the opinion of the author. However, a legislative provision requiring the relocating parent to inform the other parent prior to the intended relocation might contribute to the prevention of disputes on child relocation. Although expectations concerning the actual effect of the Recommendation as a non-binding instrument should not be too high, it nevertheless contributes to the recognition of child relocation as an issue with a high potential for conflict.


Prof. mr. Lieke Coenraad
Prof. mr. Lieke Coenraad is Professor of Private Law and Dispute Resolution at the law faculty of VU University Amsterdam. She is also deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam.
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The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Advancing International Criminal Justice

Journal African Journal of International Criminal Justice, Issue 1 2015
Keywords Non-governmental organizations, NGOs and international criminal justice, civil society and human rights, non-state actors in international law
Authors Charles Chernor Jalloh
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    This article examines the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in advancing international criminal justice. I argue that NGOs have had considerable impact by contributing, among other things, to the global struggle against impunity through advocacy for the creation of more robust institutional mechanisms to prosecute those who perpetrate such crimes. This ranges from supporting the processes that led to the creation of several ad hoc international tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, all the way through to their support for the establishment of an independent permanent international penal court based in The Hague. The crux of my claim is that a historically sensitive approach to evaluating the role of NGOs in international governance shows that these entities are not only willing, but also capable of enhancing the protection of human rights and international criminal justice especially but not exclusively in less developed regions of the world.


Charles Chernor Jalloh
Associate Professor, Florida International University, College of Law, Miami, USA. Email: jallohc@gmail.com.

    To ensure its continued viability, the International Criminal Court must find “practical” ways to appeal to its African (and global) audience, options that do not require substantial additional funding or revisions to the Rome Statute while remaining true to fundamental principles of international justice. Subject to such limitations, this article examines the “end product” of the ICC – the judgments authored by the Trial Chambers to date. Unfortunately, these opinions are simply incomprehensible to any but a few specially trained, highly interested stakeholders. They are extraordinarily complex and lengthy and fail to emphasize or address issues that are clearly important to the audiences in states where atrocities have occurred. The article reviews existing judgments and provides suggestions for future improvements, thereby increasing accessibility to African leadership, civil society organizations, and the public at large. Such efforts will contribute to increased legitimacy and, consequently, the long-term impact and relevancy of the Court.


Matthew C. Kane
Matthew C. Kane is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, teaching courses on criminal law, torts, and international and comparative criminal law. He also serves a director and shareholder of Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber PLLC, concentrating on criminal and complex civil law matters. Special thanks to The Hague University of Applied Sciences, which organized the conference “Africans and Hague Justice,” where this paper was originally presented.
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Mining Outer Space

Overcoming Legal Barriers to a Well-Promising Future

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 7 2015
Authors Maria Manoli
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Maria Manoli
McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Canada
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Internet from the Sky

Legal Challenges

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 7 2015
Authors Dimitrios Stratigentas and Mclee Kerolle
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Dimitrios Stratigentas
Dimitrios Stratigentas, International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University,Greece

Mclee Kerolle
International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University, United States

Hannes Mayer
Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria

Anita Rinner
University of Graz, Austria
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