Bart Van Klink

Bart Van Klink
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Faculty of Law

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March 2009 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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This timely and engaging book examines the rise of populism across the globe. Combining insights from linguistics, argumentation theory, rhetoric, legal theory and political theory, it offers a fully integrated characterisation of the form and content of populist discourse. Offering an in-depth analysis and evaluation at the intersection of languag...
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In contemporary legislation theory, legislation is approached from roughly two different models: law as symbol vs. law as instrument. Each model offers its own specific perspective from which in concrete cases legislation can be described and evaluated. In the Law As Symbol (LAS) model legislation is seen as an ongoing communicative and interactive...
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In contemporary legislation theory, legislation is approached from roughly two different models: law as symbol vs. law as instrument. Each model offers its own specific perspective from which in concrete cases legislation can be described and evaluated. In the Law As Symbol (LAS) model legislation is seen as an ongoing communicative and interactive...
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Soft law appears to be the “bastard child” of law. Because of its dubious origin, soft law is not officially recognized, in positivist conceptions of law, as legally valid law. At the same time, the legal relevance of soft law is hard to deny. Soft law does generate rights and duties that the parties at hand, and even sometimes state officials, per...
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Dit artikel is een pleidooi voor een academische verbreding van de universitaire rechtenopleiding, waarbij het recht wordt bestudeerd in een bredere, sociale, morele en theoretische context. De rechtenopleiding dient meer ruimte te bieden aan reflectie en verbreding en meer gebruik te maken van alternatieve en activerende werkvormen, die studenten...
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Symbolic legislation commonly has a bad name. In critical sociological studies, it refers to instances of legislation that are to a large extent ineffective and that serve other political and social goals than the goals officially proclaimed. Since the nineties of the last century another concept of symbolic legislation is developed, in particular...
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In its effective history, the concept of ‘symbolic legislation’ has acquired various, not always compatible meanings. In socio-legal studies, it usually refers to instances of legislation that are ineffective and that serve other political and social goals than the goals officially stated. This could be called symbolic legislation in the negative s...
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The idea that the legal order can also be understood as a symbolic order has been explored in this volume from various disciplinary perspectives, ranging from symbolic legislation theory to bioethics, from biolaw to EU law, and from sociology to anthropology. In the contributions to part I of this volume various aspects of the general theory of sym...
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In our contribution we intend to get a better grasp on the relation between Is and Ought in law and its implications for the autonomy of law and the possibility (or even necessity) of interdisciplinary research. We focus on the debate between Jellinek and Kelsen because both scholars have attempted, each in their own way, to secure the autonomy of...
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This edited volume covers new ground by bringing together perspectives from symbolic legislation theory on the one hand, and from biolaw and bioethics on the other hand. Symbolic legislation has a bad name. It usually refers to instances of legislation which are ineffective and that serve other political and social goals than the goals officially...
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In this contribution we sketch the most important themes of Willem Witteveen' s work. Rather than providing an academic overview we use one of his favourite metaphors, that of the house, to show the breadth of his interests and the approach that characterizes both his writings and his public achievements. Although most legal scholars will know of h...
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As follows from the Rule of Law, the judge has to justify her decision. In contemporary legal and social theory, it is argued that she should somehow give recognition to arguments and viewpoints that have been excluded from the final decision. In my paper, I will address the question why, to what extent and in what way the judge has to give recogni...
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As follows from the Rule of Law, the judge has to justify her decision. In contemporary legal and social theory, it is argued that she should somehow give recognition to arguments and viewpoints that have been excluded from the final decision. In my paper, I will address the question why, to what extent and in what way the judge has to give recogni...
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Law teachers at the university want students to develop a critical attitude. But what exactly does it mean to be critical and why is it important to be critical? How can a critical attitude be promoted? In this chapter, I intend to elucidate the role that critical thinking may play in legal education. To begin with, I will present the notion of ske...
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Symbolic legislation commonly has a bad name. In critical sociological studies, it refers to instances of legislation that are to a large extent ineffective and that serve other political and social goals than the goals officially proclaimed. Since the nineties of the last century another concept of symbolic legislation is developed, in particular...
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What makes a comparison between Oakeshott and Kelsen especially worthwhile, is that both authors have developed very similar conceptions of the Rule of Law, but differ in other important respects. In particular, Oakeshott’s conception of the Rule of Law has a normative significance, whereas Kelsen aims at providing a description of the Rechtsstaat...
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In dit artikel willen wij de eenzijdige gerichtheid op een evidence based-benadering ter discussie stellen. Nog afgezien van de controversiële kwestie wat echte kennis is – kennis verkregen door een hermeneutische analyse van teksten of door ‘directe’ waarneming van de werkelijkheid – is de vraag waarin eigenlijk het eigene van de rechtswetenschap...
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First, I will clarify Oakeshott’s notion of liberal learning (section 2). Second, I will show in which respects this understanding of education can be contrasted with and criticized from the viewpoint of critical legal education, mainly building on several writings of Duncan Kennedy (section 3). Third, I will attempt to refute this critique, in par...
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Intro: To a growing extent, legal scholars seem to be dissatisfied with established disciplinary boundaries and turn to other disciplines, such as sociology (Cotterrell 2006), psychology (Wagenaar, Van Koppen & Crombag 1993), philosophy (Alexy 2003), economics (Posner 2007) and even literature studies (White 1985), for inspiration. In law faculties...
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In mijn bijdrage ga ik nader in op de vraag welke betekenis gezag nog kan hebben in de huidige tijd van individualisering en toegenomen mondigheid. Als ik over gezag spreek, dan doel ik hieronder vooral op het gezag dat van de statelijke instellingen uitgaat, ofwel het staatsgezag dat op het recht (in het bijzonder de wet) is gebaseerd.11 Bestaat g...
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In their fight against terrorism, modern states seem to install a permanent state of exception. This chapter focuses on the role that notions connected to the Rule of Law play in key speeches delivered by two political leaders who had to defend exceptional measures in reaction to terrorist actions and threats: the former British Prime Minister Tony...
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In de bundel The Voice of Liberal Learning karakteriseert de Britse filosoof Michael Oakeshott de wereld van de mens als een 'place of learning'. Met zijn bewustzijn probeert de mens betekenis te geven aan de wereld om hem. Zodoende creëert hij een geheel en al menselijke wereld, niet zozeer omdat deze wereld alleen zou bestaan uit mensen en hetgee...
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In the paper we will explore some of the major limits and possibilities of interdisciplinary research into law. In how far is the science of law open to insights from other disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, economics and literature studies? We will approach this question by confronting two contrary positions: pragmatism (Dewey...
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Throughout his entire work, Eugen Ehrlich contested what he called the "vulgar, State-centered conception of law." In Ehrlich's view, this conception of law only could only recognise law produced or sanctioned by the State. In his view, the main function of law is to create order in and between associations within society. It does so by providing n...
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Een goede manier om een wet of een wetsvoorstel te diskwalificeren, is deze aan te duiden als 'symboolwetgeving'. In het gangbare juridische en politieke taalgebruik doelt men dan gewoonlijk op wetgeving die nauwelijks effectueerbaar lijkt te zijn. De kwalificatie 'symboolwetgeving' wordt vaak gebruikt en lijkt allerlei verschillende betekenissen t...
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In het materiele strafrecht worden duidelijke grenzen gesteld aan de interpretatievrijheid van de rechter. Ingevolge artikel 1 van het Wetboek van Strafrecht (Sr) is geen feit strafbaar dan uit kracht van een daaraan voorafgegane wettelijke strafbepaling. De rechter mag dus niet op basis van een door hem zelf gecreeerde rechtsregel of een eigenmach...
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Pleiten is een kunst. Maar die kunst kan geleerd worden. Met dit boek als praktische handleiding kan iedereen een meester worden in het pleiten. Het boek begint met een uiteenzetting over de klassieke retorica: wat zijn de traditionele methoden van argumentatie en hoe zijn deze effectief te vertalen naar de moderne kunst van het pleidooi? Daarna vo...
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Dat sportredacties de Paralympics negeren, berust op een ongezond vooroordeel. Wie zegt dat de kijker liefst twintigers, gezond van lijf en leden, ziet ploeteren? Het begrip 'topsport' is bovendien volstrekt dubbelzinnig: iedere topprestatie is relatief.
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De auteur is van mening dat euthanasie nooit een recht van de patient kan zijn, maar altijd een gunst van de medicus is.
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In dit artikel wordt ingegaan op de vraag wat stalking, en in het bijzonder cyberstalking, is en met welke (al dan niet juridische) middelen dit zou kunnen worden aangepakt. De auteurs zijn van mening dat stalking in het algemeen het beste kan worden aangepakt door bemiddeling tussen belager en belaagde. Vaan de bestaande en voorgestelde juridische...
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A different, more sympathetic approach to the communicative style of legislation a communicative approach to legislation for short is developed in this article. Our main questions are: (i) what does the communicative style of legislation consist of? and (ii) under which, if any, conditions may it be used rightfully as well as effectively in legisla...
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Bij alle maatschappelijke en politieke commotie is de wetenschappelijke aandacht voor het fenomeen van belaging achtergebleven. Toch zijn er nog de nodige kwesties die om opheldering vragen. Zo is het, ten eerste, niet duidelijk welke gedragingen wel en welke gedragingen niet onder het begrip ¿belaging' vallen. Algemeen wordt het jarenlang posten b...
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Voor juristen is de wet een gezaghebbende tekst. Alleen al het feit dat er een wet is, maakt veel uit voor de rechtsbeoefenaren. Wie zich juridisch opstelt, zal serieus rekening moeten houden met de letter en de geest van de wetten. Maar hoe gezaghebbend is wetgeving eigenlijk in de maatschappij? Hoe serieus nemen burgers de wetten die hun rechtspo...
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Vorig jaar verscheen het proefschrift 'Liefde, solidariteit en recht. Een interdisciplinair onderzoek naar het wederkerigheidsbeginsel', waarin Dorien Pessers de lezer probeert te overtuigen van het belang van het wederkerigheidsbeginsel voor het recht. De vraag blijft echter of het wederkerigheidsbeginsel in dit opzicht niet op gespannen voet staa...

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This project contains a number of studies into academic legal education. One study looks at how to structure learning in such a way that students become more engaged in what it is to study law. Another study reports on an experiment in using poetry and imagination as a way to better understand political philosophy and its relevance for contemporary societal issues and developments. A third study describes and evaluates the development towards a more cross-disciplinary understanding in legal education and law.