Brouwer, Prof. Jan
Jan Brouwer studied Law and History at the University of Groningen. He has been Professor of General Law Studies since 2005, focusing mainly on issues of public order and safety. Brouwer is also rofessor-director of the Centre for Public Order and Public Security. In addition, Brouwer is a member of the objection committees of the ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport and Education, Culture and Science (VWS and OCW), deputy judge at the court in Assen and Honorary French Consul in Groningen. Brouwer has been intensively involved in the discussion about the introduction of the grass pass, which in his opinion is legally untenable. He has published on drug nuisance and the administrative-legal response to that nuisance since 1996.
According to Brouwer, regulated cannabis production, which many mayors of big cities are in favour of in order to prevent nuisance and crime, is legally possible. UN treaties on drugs and the Schengen treaty provide room for such legislation. Health arguments would offer a good basis for regulating cannabis production on the basis on health arguments, says Brouwer.
Brouwer also plays an active role in the earthquake debate. He examines the legal consequences for involved parties and the possibilities open to victims. The Dutch State should be held liable for violating the basic right to security as a result of the gas extraction in Groningen, according to Brouwer.
- Brouwer in Nieuwsuur on the earthquakes in Groningen (in Dutch)
- A too hasty judicial procedure leads to carelessness (in Dutch)
- Pleidooi voor aanstelling buurtrechters [A plea for appointing neighbourhood judges]
Previously in the news
- 'UN-conventions do not impede regulated cannabis production'
- ‘Drug policy will encounter insurmountable difficulties’
- ‘“Grass pass” won’t help fight crime’
- 'British control riots almost amateuristic'
- ‘Football act is not strict enough and will not curb violence’
- Neighbourhood judges could be solution to problem neighbourhoods (Opinion)
- Few businesses have their affairs as well organized as coffee shops (Opinion)
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