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  • Are Symbolic Laws Good Laws?

    Are Symbolic Laws Good Laws?

    Edith Riegler | | 0
    Earlier this year, the Austrian government announced a proposed law which entails a ban on wearing the hijab for kindergarten-age girls. Is this a response to an acute problem which necessitates action — or a symbolic law with a more nefarious mission?
  • France and the state of emergency: moving in the wrong direction

    France and the state of emergency: moving in the wrong direction

    Tom Bollemeijer, Friso van de Pol | | 3
    After the 2015 terrorist attacks the French government initiated numerous legislative projects, most notably the state of emergency. What impact have these legal changes had on French citizens? How do they relate to human rights and the rule of law?
  • The Rule of Law and the World of Myth

    The Rule of Law and the World of Myth

    According to law philosophers Western civilisation, reigned by law and reason, has always differed profoundly from the ‘savage’ world guided by myth. Yet by making the creation of order out of chaos central to the concept of law, myth has lived on.
  • Guiding values in the Dutch Constitution

    Guiding values in the Dutch Constitution

    In the coming months the Dutch government will propose an introductory article in the Constitution. This enumerates three core values underlying the document. But where do we find the detailed provisions that put the values referred to into practice?
  • The Constitution as window dressing

    The Constitution as window dressing

    Gwen van Eijk | | 1
    The Dutch government has proposed including the rule of law and the right to a fair trial in the Constitution. Recent policy proposals raise questions about the government’s commitment to these principles.
  • Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    The arrests of three alleged jihadists sympathizing with IS are a cause of concern to the Dutch government. Yet, should we also be concerned about some of the newly proposed measures in the cabinet’s Action Plan against Jihadism?
  • Dear criminology student,

    Dear criminology student,

    Gwen van Eijk | | 2
    You have probably noticed that our current criminal policy makers receive an awful lot of criticism. It’s time for more competent policy makers to design better policies. What are your career plans?
  • The law that everyone should know

    The law that everyone should know

    The principle that everyone is expected to know the law is not connected to any specific body of written laws. It refers to the spirit on which the Rule of Law is founded, which manifests itself as the famous Golden Rule.
  • It is not about the economy

    It is not about the economy

    The EU, and in particular the Eurozone, is facing a political, economic and monetary crisis. Many people are asking the question why some states were allowed to join the Union in the first place.