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Forthcoming Publications

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Corruption and Human Rights
André T. D. Figueiredo

Some scholars and even human rights monitoring bodies have started to make the connection between corruption and human rights violations. When asked about this connection, most people easily picture a country ruled by a dictator who steals public money to support his luxury life while the population suffers from the lack of essential public services, such as healthcare and education. The connection in itself is appealing. Nonetheless, sometimes this connection is made without the proper concern for fully developing the argument and its consequences. The purpose of this study is to go beyond this appealing link and to clarify the argument that making an explicit link with human rights has indeed added value. Framing corruption as a human rights violation cannot be an end in itself, a pure exercise of relabeling the problem. This study aims to give a practical significance to the connection by addressing, in a non-exhaustive way, the practical value of framing corruption as a human rights violation and the possibilities in which international human rights law can be used to strengthen the fight against corruption. By doing so, this book also presents how UN human rights bodies are referring to corruption, and how they could contribute more to fighting this global problem. This book is an adapted version of the author's LL.M. thesis presented at Radboud University in June 2016,where he graduated cum laude after being the recipient of a scholarship.

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Van rechtsbescherming naar machtsbescherming
A.Q.C. Tak

Op 8 februari 2019 werd door een vijfhonderdkoppige ‘crème de la crème’ van de Nederlandse bestuursrechtspraak (rechters, bewindslieden, wetenschappers en andere politici) tijdens een ongekende lustrumviering op de Haagse Campus van de Leidse Universiteit jubilerend het glas geheven op het 25-jarig jubileum van deze rechtspraak onder de Awb, de Algemene wet bestuursrecht.   In dit boek wordt het werkelijke beeld van de Nederlandse bestuursrechtspraak anno 2019 getoond. De auteur heeft dit beeld geaccentueerd door de titel van deze laatste druk te wijzigen in ‘Van rechtsbescherming naar machtsbescherming’.   In deze laatste druk wordt het volledige en ware beeld van de Nederlandse bestuursrechtspraak van haar blinddoek ontdaan, met volledige herschrijving en her-ordening van het (immense) materiaal anno 2019, en treft men bijwerking aan van alle nieuwe wetgeving, jurisprudentie en literatuur.   A.Q.C. (Twan) Tak (1942) is emeritus hoogleraar staats- en bestuursrecht aan de Universiteit van Maastricht, grondlegger van de ‘Maastrichtse school’ en voormalig raadsheer bij de Centrale Raad van Beroep (1984-2011).

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Ethical Realism and the Rule of Law
Dennis Paling

On 5th June 1989 an unknown man stopped the leading tank in a column entering Tiananmen Square, Beijing. His ultimate fate is unknown. His courage reflects the dilemma of brave people faced by the force of authority. The rule of law attempts to control excess of authority, but is often ineffective and illusory.   Realist jurisprudence acknowledges that the law is often flawed and unfairly administered and that the rule of law is an illusion. This book discusses the question what then should the individual do? It suggests that ethical realism is a wise approach: acknowledging that in reality the law is flawed, but attempting when possible to do what ethics suggest, applying the classical concept of internal or virtue ethics.   This approach has practical applications – it would be ethical to have a 2 state solution in the Middle East as was resolved by the UN General Assembly in 1947; it would be ethical for the UK to remain in the EEA established by the Treaty of Rome after 48.7% of UK voters wanted to remain and when the 2016 referendumand 2017 legislation referred only to the EU.   In the early 1960s I attended the realist jurisprudence lectures at Oxford and came away with a belief that the rule of law is an ideal rather than a reality but a belief that ethics encourage the individual to do what can be done in practice to alleviate failures of the rule of law.

Recent Publications

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Introduction to Law and Rights in Education
Gracienne Lauwers (ed)

Written by an international interdisciplinary consortium, the ‘Introductory Textbook On Law and Rights for Students in Teacher Training and Educational Sciences’ combines information about the features of education systems and education law from a comparative and European perspective for students and readers approaching this subject for the first time with online support. This is a publication by EduLaw. EduLaw introduces modules on law and rights in programmes of teacher training and educational sciences with the purpose to the contribution of building rights-based education systems in countries in transition. This publication is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

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Legislative Proposal to Introduce Provisions Governing Restorative Justice Services into the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedre and Explanatory Memorandum
Jacques Claessen, John Blad, Gert Jan Slump, Theo de Roos, Anneke van Hoek, Annemieke Wolthuis

This publication contains the revised version of a legislative proposal, drafted by and at the initiative of citizens, to introduce restorative justice provisions into the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. The initiative to this Legislative Proposal and its Explanatory Memorandum was taken within the framework of the impending introduction of the new Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. It was drafted by an Initiator Group consisting of persons working for Maastricht University and the Dutch Restorative Justice Foundation in collaboration with a think tank made up of professionals from the fields of criminal law and restorative justice. This legislative draft was presented to the Minister of Legal Protection, drs S. Dekker, and to the members of the Permanent Commission for Justice and Security of the Lower Chamber on 27 June 2018. The authors feel that the official legislative process can begin in earnest, now that a revised version of the Legislative Proposal has been completed. Being able to deal with criminal matters in a more restorative manner is after all not a luxury, but a necessity.   ‘This initiative has generated an incentive and a standardisation that are of value to an evolving justice practice. The role which this revised version has assigned to the Mediation Offices is in tune with the way in which mediation in criminal cases is organised in the work processes of Public Prosecutors’ Offices and the Courts.”  mr Judith Uitermark - judge and national coordinator mediation in criminal cases. 

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Wie ogen heeft om te zien’
Hans Geleijnse

"Hitler's soep zal niet zo heet behoeven gegeten te worden als ze is opgediend" (De Tijd). 
"Wanneer ze eenmaal in de regering zitten, zullen ze wel trachten zich zo behoorlijk mogelijk te gedragen" (Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant). 
Zo reageerden belangrijke Nederlandse kranten op de ontwikkelingen in Duitsland vόόr 1933. 
"Wie ogen heeft om te zien' zou echter moeten weten dat het op een moordpartij zal uitdraaien als Hitler aan de macht zal komen (Het Volk). 
Ook over het fascisme in andere landen liepen de meningen in de pers sterk uiteen. Voor sommige kranten was Mussolini "een vredesapostel', volgens andere kranten zou het fascisme onvermijdelijk tot oorlog leiden. 
Hans Geleijnse (1947) analyseert hoe zeven Nederlandse landelijke kranten op de ontwikkeling van het fascisme in Europa in de periode 1919-1933 hebben gereageerd. Werd de Nederlandse lezer goed geinformeerd? Welke aspecten van het fascisme werden geprezen en welke veroordeeld? Werd het fascisme als een gevaar beschouwd voor vrijheid en democratie in Europa? Welke invloed hadden de ontwikkelingen op Nederland zelf?
In dit onderzoek naar de twintiger jaren dringen zich parallellen op met de huidige tijd. Ook nu is sprake van onderschatting van ultra-nationalistische en populistische bewegingen en van het miskennen van de drijfveren van de kiezers. 

"Wie ogen heeft om te zien' geeft een helder beeld van de beoordeling van het fascisme in Italiё, Hongarije, Spanje, Oostenrijk, Duitsland, Roemeniё, Slowakije, Portugal en Finland door De Telegraaf, de liberale Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, het katholieke De Tijd, de antirevolutionaire krant De Standaard, de christelijk-historische De Nederlander, de sociaal-democratische krant Het Volk en de communistische De Tribune. 

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