It is only during the last years that sociology of law is beginning to come to life in the Netherlands. Some research is now going on at several universities. The results have not yet come in. This late start of the study of a subject which has been recognized for some time as involving some of the crucial problems of our time, in a country with a respectable tradition of legal study, and in ... [Show full abstract] which sociology developed comparatively early as a discipline taught and studied at the universities, is, in a way, somewhat surprising. It can perhaps be explained in the following way.