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Hoeksema, B.L.

Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Surveillance in the Republic

In my thesis I discuss republican considerations regarding surveillance. For example: how does surveillance directly threaten freedom, and does surveillance affect the civil society in some way? I show why republicanism requires government surveillance to be controlled and how
republicanism can serve as a framework to evaluate surveillance law. I develop a systematic
overview of republican considerations regarding surveillance. This overview is the basis on which I build a framework to evaluate the regulation of surveillance from a republican perspective. To control surveillance-power, it needs to be institutionally controlled, contestable, and transparent, each with their own legal implications. I use this framework to examine case-law from the European Court of Human Rights and current Dutch law, bridging a gap between political philosophy and law.

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