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Access_open Liberal Democracy and the Judeo-Christian Tradition

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2020
Keywords national identity, historical narratives, universal values, equal citizenship
Authors Tamar de Waal
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    Increasingly often, it is stated that the universal values underpinning Western liberal democracies are a product of a ‘Judeo-Christian’ tradition. This article explores the legitimacy of this claim from the perspective of liberal-democratic theory. It argues that state-endorsed claims about the historical roots of liberal-democratic values are problematic (1) if they are promoted as though they are above democratic scrutiny and (2) if they insinuate that citizens who belong to a particular (majority) culture remain the ‘cultural owners’ of the core values underpinning the state. More pragmatically, the paper suggests that the claim carries the risk of failing to facilitate all citizens becoming or remaining committed to nurturing fundamental rights and a shared society based on norms of democratic equality.


Tamar de Waal
Tamar de Waal is assistant professor of legal philosophy at the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam.
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Access_open Religion Ain’t Sacrosanct

How to Fight Obsolete Accounts of Religious Freedom

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2015
Keywords Hobby Lobby, Hosanna-Tabor, tolerance-leaning liberalism, equality-leaning liberalism
Authors Roland Pierik
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    This paper is largely an endorsement and a further elaboration of Cohen’s critical discussion of the Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor cases and the conceptual overstretch of religious freedom they embody. I disagree with Cohen, however, on the proper interpretation of this debate. Cohen construes the ominous Court cases as an anti-liberal attack on the liberal state order. My main thesis is that the root of this dispute can be traced back to a fault line within liberalism between a more tolerance-leaning and a more equality-leaning tradition. I argue that the ominous cases are instances of the tolerance-leaning tradition in liberalism, which once was characteristic of the liberal tradition. Still, I agree with Cohen that this tradition should be rejected because it reverts to an obsolete interpretation of religious freedom that defends unwarranted privileges for certain groups that are out of sync with the egalitarian underpinnings of contemporary liberal political orders.


Roland Pierik
Roland Pierik is Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam Law School.

Stefan Rummens
Stefan Rummens is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Roland Pierik
Roland Pierik is Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam Law School.
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Access_open Religie en cultuur in familierechtelijke beslissingen over kinderen

Journal Family & Law, September 2015
Authors Mr. dr. Merel Jonker, Rozemarijn van Spaendonck and Mr. dr. Jet Tigchelaar
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    In deze bijdrage worden de resultaten gepresenteerd van een uitgebreid jurisprudentieonderzoek naar de wijze waarop religie en cultuur betrokken worden in de overwegingen van de rechter in familierechtelijke beslissingen over kinderen in Nederland. Naast een kwantitatief overzicht van de gepubliceerde jurisprudentie worden de uitspraken inhoudelijk ontsloten en geanalyseerd aan de hand van thema's zoals bloedtransfusies, cultuurverschillen en identiteitsontwikkeling, rituelen (besnijdenis en doop) en schoolkeuze. Bij de analyse wordt onderscheid gemaakt tussen de rechten van het kind en de rechten van ouders, en wordt ingegaan op de vraag welke criteria de rechter hanteert voor de afweging van de rechten van het kind en diens ouders. Ook wordt besproken in hoeverre internationale normen herkenbaar zijn in de overwegingen van de rechter. Uit de 79 rechtszaken waarin de rechter overwegingen wijdt aan religie en cultuur, blijkt dat deze aspecten zowel positieve als negatieve effecten kunnen hebben op het belang van het kind en met name op de identiteitsontwikkeling van het kind. De rechter hanteert hierbij criteria zoals: schade voor de gezondheid van het kind, sociale aansluiting met anderen van dezelfde religieuze of culturele achtergrond, en praktische overwegingen.
    This contribution presents the results of an extensive Dutch case law study on the way in which religion and culture play a role in the considerations of judges in family law decisions regarding children. In addition to a quantitative overview of the published case law in the Netherlands, the decisions are analysed on the basis of themes such as blood transfusion, culture differences and identity development, rituals (circumcision and baptism), and choosing a school. In the analysis, a distinction is made between the rights of the child and the rights of parents. Furthermore, the criteria which the judge deploys to balance the rights of the child and the rights of its parents are addressed. Finally, the extent to which international legal standards can be identified in the considerations of the judge is discussed. From the 79 cases in which the judge consider to religion and culture, it appears that these aspects can have both positive and negative effects upon the best interests of the child, and in particular upon the identity development of the child. In these cases, the judge uses criteria such as: harm to the health of the child, social connections with others of the same religious and cultural background, and practical day-to-day considerations.


Mr. dr. Merel Jonker
Merel Jonker is als universitair docent verbonden aan de vakgroep Privaatrecht van de Universiteit Utrecht en aan het Utrecht Centre for European research into Family Law (UCERF).

Rozemarijn van Spaendonck
Rozemarijn van Spaendonck is Legal Research Master student en is vanaf 1 november 2015 als aio verbonden aan de vakgroep Strafrecht van de Universiteit Utrecht.

Mr. dr. Jet Tigchelaar
Jet Tigchelaar is als universitair docent verbonden aan de vakgroep Staats- en bestuursrecht en rechtstheorie van de Universiteit Utrecht en aan het Utrecht Centre for European research into Family Law (UCERF).
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Politieke theorie en de Europese Unie: het braakliggend terrein van het normatief programma

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2014
Keywords European Union, political theory, integration theory, European Studies, ideal theory
Authors Erik De Bom
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    In this article it will be argued that the contribution of political theory to European studies is rather one-sided and could be enriched by broadening the spectrum. To make this clear, the first part of this article will offer an overview of the contribution of political theory to European integration studies up to the present day. In the second part, avenues for further research will be presented with special attention to the importance of theories of justice for the EU. In close connection to this program, the value of ideal theory will be highlighted as a means to think about the further development of the EU and to critically assess the present functioning of the EU.


Erik De Bom
Erik De Bom verricht postdoctoraal onderzoek aan het Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte van de KU Leuven en is als senior onderzoeker verbonden aan het Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op het vroegmoderne politieke denken (16de-17de eeuw) en contemporaine politieke filosofie met bijzondere aandacht voor de Europese Unie.
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Hoe nu verder? Over de politieke theorie in Nederland en Vlaanderen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2014
Authors Roland Pierik, Patrick Overeem and Tim Heysse
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Roland Pierik
Roland Pierik is universitair hoofddocent rechtsfilosofie aan de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid en geassocieerd lid van de filosofiefaculteit van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek is gesitueerd op het snijvlak van politieke theorie en rechtsfilosofie. In zijn recente werk richt hij zich vooral op mensenrechten, grondrechten, de rule of law, staatsneutraliteit, religieuze diversiteit en globalisering.

Patrick Overeem
Patrick Overeem is universitair docent bij het Instituut Bestuurskunde van de Universiteit Leiden (Campus Den Haag). Hij specialiseert zich in de politieke filosofie en de bestuursethiek.

Tim Heysse
Tim Heysse studeerde klassieke talen en filosofie in Antwerpen en Leuven. Hij is hoogleraar politieke en sociale wijsbegeerte aan de KU Leuven en een van de oprichters van Research in Political Philosophy Leuven (RIPPLE).

Roland Pierik PhD
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Access_open Arbeidsplicht, rechtvaardigheid en de grondslagen van het socialezekerheidsrecht

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2012
Keywords John Rawls, Stuart White, compulsory labor, reciprocity, social law
Authors Anja Eleveld
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    The author argues that normative questions in social law are in need of a more philosophical approach. This is particularly true for the evaluation of Work-first arrangements. She proposes to evaluate workfare policies from the perspective of the reciprocity principle as it is deployed in the work of the liberal egalitarians John Rawls and Stuart White. While Rawls’ interpretation of the reciprocity principle seems to be at odds with Dutch jurisprudence on workfare policies, which allows for Work-first arrangements within the boundaries that are set by article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a prohibition on compulsory labor), White’s approach rather encourages work obligations for welfare recipients, on the condition that citizens acquire individual drawing rights on collective participation funds.


Anja Eleveld
Anja Eleveld is a PhD student at the Social Law Department of Leiden University, where she participates in the research program ‘Reform of social security’.

    Edwin Nijhof, book review of Roland Pierik en Wouter Werner, Cosmopolitanism in Context


Edwin Nijhof
Edwin Nijhof has earned degrees in the studies of both law and philosophy at Leiden University.
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Because it is Normative, Stupid!

Over de rol van politieke theorie binnen de politicologie

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2011
Keywords normative political theory, political science, methodology, Rawls
Authors Roland Pierik
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    This article presents a state-of-the-art description of political theory and analyses the role of political theory within the discipline of political science. It starts by describing two dominant approaches within the sub-discipline: conceptual political theory and normative political theory. Secondly, it situates political theory as separated from political science in general and from actual political debates. Thirdly, it analyses the role of methodology in normative political theory.
    I argue that the most important contribution of political theory to political science in general is its emphasis on the fact that politics is first and foremost a normative endeavor and that any political-scientific analysis should always be aware of this normative character.


Roland Pierik
Roland Pierik (1966) is universitair hoofddocent rechtstheorie en politieke theorie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij publiceert vooral over hedendaagse analytische politieke filosofie en rechtstheorie. In zijn onderzoek gebruikt hij de hedendaagse normatieve politieke theorie en rechtstheorie om concrete maatschappelijke problemen te analyseren, met name problemen van de multiculturele samenleving en van globale rechtvaardigheid.
Editorial

Woord vooraf

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2011
Authors Patrick Stouthuysen and Dimokritos Kavadias
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Patrick Stouthuysen
Patrick Stouthuysen (1959) is als hoogleraar verbonden aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn voornaamste onderzoeksinteresses betreffen de geschiedenis van het politieke denken, meer in het bijzonder het liberale politieke denken.

Dimokritos Kavadias
Dimokritos Kavadias (1969) is als docent verbonden aan de vakgroep politieke wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel en aan de master Sociaal Werk aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Hij doet onderzoek over politieke socialisatie, burgerschapseducatie en onderwijsbeleid.
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Access_open Collective Criminal Responsibility: Unfair or Redundant

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2009
Keywords collective criminal responsibility;, individual responsibility
Authors dr. Govert den Hartogh
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    This paper argues, against Pettit’s thesis about the incorporation of responsibility, that holding collective agents criminally responsible is necessarily either redundant or unfair: redundant if responsibility can be distributed without remainder over individual persons; unfair if it cannot. It should be the task of legal systems to create chains of individual criminal responsibility encompassing executives, officials, and members of corporate agents.


dr. Govert den Hartogh
Govert den Hartogh is Professor of Ethics at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam.
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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
Editorial

Access_open On Normal and Exceptional Politics

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2008
Keywords claim, E-business, introductie, making, vereniging
Authors S. Taekema

S. Taekema
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Access_open Recht, pluralisme en fenomenologie. Kritische studie over twee boeken van Rudi Visker

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 2 2007
Keywords democratie, aansprakelijkheid, identiteit, pleidooi, rechtsmacht, auteur, levering, verlies, aanwijzing, algemeen belang
Authors B. Roermund

B. Roermund
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Access_open The Necessity of Categories and the Inevitability of Separation, reply to Glenn

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2006
Keywords claim, character, identiteit, reputatie, computer, leasing, making, media
Authors R. Pierik

R. Pierik
Editorial

Access_open The Possibility of Intercultural Law

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2006
Keywords claim, media, kind, concern, convergentie, interest, patiënt
Authors G. Drosterij, M. Hildebrandt and L. Huppes-Cluysenaer

G. Drosterij

M. Hildebrandt

L. Huppes-Cluysenaer
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Access_open Editorial afterthoughts: The Liberal-Fundamentalist Cookbook

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2006
Keywords media, bear, character, contract, interest, leasing, making, model, rechtscollege, service
Authors G. Drosterij

G. Drosterij
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Access_open Legal Cultures, Legal Traditions and Comparative Law

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2006
Keywords claim, kind, alternatieve geschillenbeslechting, interest, leasing, mediation, modellenrecht, rector
Authors M. Hoecke

M. Hoecke
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Access_open Separation and Multivalence: Opposing or Compatible Notions?

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 3 2006
Keywords claim, concern, loon, making, privacy, civiele rechtspraak, houdstervennootschap, leasing
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